updated 11:50 am EST, Fri December 18, 2009
IEEE, members to meet on new battery standards
The IEEE standards group will soon begin revising its 1725 standard for rechargeable batteries in cellphones. The undertaking aims to improve the quality and reliability of lithium-ion and lithium-ion polymer batteries as buyers demand more power and longer runtimes for their smartphones. The standard revision, called P1725, will set criteria for reliability, quality and the construction, cell level charge and discharge controls, along with overall system integration.
The revision will be handled in a voting system with each participating member having one vote.
Such an approach is said to result in the creation of a new standard in about one or two years. Dubbed the Cell Phone Battery Working Group, the companies and the IEEE will hold the first meeting to address the standard February 16-18, 2010. This preliminary meeting will nominate the group's officers and review the group's process.
Battery life has been a particular sore point for smartphones, as the demands of 3G, GPS, Wi-Fi and large touchscreens has led to many devices only lasting for about one day of regular use before they need a recharge.