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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 6:57:14 PM , Rating: 2
The PS3 is in trouble, its launching at a higher price than the Xbox 360 at launch, has a non-needed Blu-ray drive and is launching into full competition (With the PS2, the gamecube and xbox came much later, thus there was virtually no competition for a long time).

The PS3 has far more signifcant challenges to overcome this time round and i honestly doubt its going to be anywhere close to the same success as the PS2.


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