Linked by Jordan Spencer Cunningham on Tue 11th Aug 2009 23:52 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems "Sony has announced a new type of lithium ion rechargeable battery that combines high-power and long-life performance, using olivine-type lithium iron phosphate as the cathode material. The Olivine-type lithium iron phosphate used in this new battery is a perfect cathode material due to its robust crystal structure and stable performance, even at high temperatures. These bateries have a high power density of 1800W/kg, and [four times the] extended life span of [current Li-Ions, with] approximately 2,000 charge-discharge cycles. What’s most surprising is that the battery will keep an 80% charge retention after those 2,000 charge-discharge cycles, which is very impressive. This new battery is also able to charge rapidly (99% in 30 minutes)." These buckoes will debut in power tools originally, but they'll eventually cross over to be smiling up at you from your cell phone, lappy, and other consumer electronics.
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Sony and Power Tools?
by Hands on Wed 12th Aug 2009 01:11 UTC
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I'm assuming there has to be some reason for this tech to go into power tools first, and my guess has to be form factor. Size and shape aren't as critical for power tools as they would be in a cell phone.

When I first read it, I was very surprised that Sony wouldn't be putting this into one of their products first.

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