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Sony battery recall total climbs to 7.7 million

The Sony battery recalls continue as Sharp is joining the fray by recalling 28,000 batteries while Fujitsu has recalled an additional 51,000 batteries. Fujitsu had already announced last week that it would recall 287,000 units.

These latest recalls bring the total tally to 7.7 million units. Sony recently instituted the Global Replacement Program for its batteries. The program is designed to help manufacturers with logistics in receiving faulty batteries from customers and delivering new replacements.

Replacements for lithium-ion battery technology are in development, but it may be quite some time before see it replaced in the notebook market. Fuel cell technology is showing some promise and Toshiba has been showing off fuel cell prototypes in its notebooks. Toshiba has been able to see runtimes of about 10 hours with its current fuel cell stacks, but there are still issues with size, pricing and logistics in delivering fuel cells to customers.

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RE: Bleak future?
By Xavian on 10/15/2006 2:05:42 PM , Rating: 4
Actually it is the (still) current massive success of the PS2 which seems to be under-pinning the company as a whole, it is still the 2nd most selling console in the world (next to the DS) and is selling at a profit. Plus the various licence fees from the software.

The problem for Sony is they have gotten their fingers into some rather poorly choosen pies, combined with Sony's percievable drop in quality to become 'yet another electronic manufacturer' is causing quite large losses for the company on the whole. Plus the PS3 which has a massive R&D cost attatched to it, plus being sold at a large loss, means one of Sony's only divisions that is under-pinning the company is about to become non-profitable.

Unless the PS3 is a smash success, things are going to be very tough for Sony. With various divisions dropped in order to streamline the business and struggle to make a profit.

RE: Bleak future?
By ViperROhb34 on 10/15/2006 6:32:15 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah, the PS2 is still helping out Sony.. mainly it was a strong console from the start, but it came out at 299.00 and after about two years went to like 249.00.. then finally about 199.00 yet another year later.. and finally after being out for .. ( five ? ) years .. its 120.00 at Best Buy..

So in 5 yrs it dropped from 299 to 120 ..

I see the PS3 being a mild success at BEST .. but more likely I think it'll sell "Ok" .. developers won't want to spend revenue making exclusive games for PS3 if they don't profit.. Already two games which were to be Sony exclusives including 'Assasins Creed' are being done for Xbox 360 now.. in fact I read a magazine article by the company doing Assasins Creed.. I was surprised to see not only would the graphics be the same.. but a few more features would be on the 360 version due to.. ( quoting the developer ) the ease of programming the 360 ..

On the flip side Oblivion will be released for PS3.. the developer says due to the time they've had to improve their graphics engine ( not because of the console ) that Oblivion's graphics on PS3 will see a slight improvement when it comes to 'far off' objects ( seen from a distance ) .. but they said the slight loading that takes place on 360 will still be on PS3.. in fact they said the PS3's BLuray player reads DVD's alittle slower so they can't improve load times..

Seems so counter productive of Sony to add all these nice features and have issues such as that..

The biggest thing that will hurt PS3 from the "Main Stream" sales public is its high price.. its kept Xbox sales slow.. I know at least 3 friends who had to save for 360.. with games it simply cost .. and PS3's higher game price will make it worse..

I wish them well.. but look at PS2's price drop.. PS3 will not be cheap anytime soon ( like nowhere in the next year or two ! ) because of two things.. BLuray price and the price of the low yield IBM processor they are using..

Id say price will also be less likely to drop if they sell slowly because the only money maker will be games.. There will be exclusives, but they weill be much fewer this time around for the Sony team..

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