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January 04, 2008

Boston-Power to Increase Production of Notebook Computer Batteries

By Shamila Janakiraman, TMCnet Contributing Editor

Boston-Power, Inc. provider of portable power solutions, announced that it is going to increase mass production of its Sonata next-generation Lithium-ion batteries suited for notebook computers.
Boston-Power has entered a partnership with China based GP Batteries, which is a member of Gold Peak, a publicly traded company.
Sonata batteries will be manufactured in a modern factory in Taiwan by GP Batteries, and would be benefiting from Six Sigma manufacturing processes and a real-time quality control feedback and management system expected of Boston-Power products.

GP Batteries Chairman and Chief Executive Andrew Ng. said in the press release, “GP Batteries prides itself on understanding the key trends in the global battery industry and then making strategic moves to stay at the forefront. GP Batteries has in the past been a conservative player in the laptop computer market, because of the safety concerns surrounding the Lithium-ion system.”
“With the design innovation and safeguards that are incorporated in Boston-Power’s Sonata batteries, we are now ready to apply our manufacturing expertise to re-enter the laptop computer market,” he said.
Sonata is designed to last for a full three years expected in a Laptop battery. Its ‘drop-in’ design makes it a good fit for existing notebook computers also. It is optimized for safety, cycle life and performance.
Sonata’s safety features include slower chemical kinetics, novel current interrupt devices, new thermal fuses, unique pressure relief vents and safer pack configuration said Boston-Power in a statement.
Sonata also recharges faster up to about 80 percent capacity in 30 minutes. Further it has earned the Nordic Ecolabel certification, which is given to environmentally conscientious companies. Boston-Power is a company which is environmentally responsible in its production, usage and disposal of products.
Dr. Christina Lampe-Onnerud, Founder and CEO of Boston-Power said, "Boston-Power identified several years ago the fundamental challenges and opportunities in notebook computer batteries and dedicated ourselves to developing a whole-system, application-specific design approach that would establish new levels of safety, performance and environmental sustainability.”
“We’re excited that Sonata is entering the market and we’re pleased that we’re expanding mass production with a world-class partner like GP Batteries,” he concluded.
Shamila Janakiraman is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To see more of her articles, please visit her columnist page.
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