August 2013

Feature Article



From Processor to Power Management: The Copernican Moment for Portable Devices

Sam Jaffe, Senior Research Analyst – Energy, Navigant Research

It’s hard to forget the scene from the 1987 movie Wall Street when Michael Douglas is walking down the beach in front of his Hampton’s beach house holding a two-liter bottle-sized cell phone to his head. It was the first time most of the movie’s viewers had ever seen such a thing and it made a lasting impression. Soon, these enormous devices  would become the status symbol of the ages. <read more>







Battery Blog



 Unplanned Obsolescence

Upal Sengupta, Staff Applications Engineer
Texas Instruments, Battery Management Solutions

Many of us (who have reached a certain age) may look back with nostalgia to the good old days.  It was a simpler time, life was not so hard, and so on.  Just the other day, one of my friends traded in his 21 year old pickup truck for a newer (12 year old) one and made the comment “they just don’t make ‘em like they used to.”  Well, maybe sometimes that can be a good thing too. <read more>

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  New Products

Programmable USB Port Power Controllers for Active Connectors and 12 W Charging
Microchip Technology, Inc. has expanded its programmable USB port power controller portfolio with the three-member UCS100X family.  These new power controllers offer advanced USB-based charging capabilities for designing host devices, such as laptops, tablets, monitors, docking stations and printers; as well as dedicated AC-DC power-supply and charging products, such as wall adapters. <read more>


FuelCon AG Develops System for Testing Zinc-Air Batteries
In the face of electric mobility, the zinc-air battery lately enjoys an increasing interest. Especially with its high energy density, the ability for recharging and the low raw material costs, this battery technology becomes extra attractive for the industry. <read more>

No Cords, No Outlets, No Electricity
Spectrum Brands Holdings, Inc. has announced that its Rayovac battery division has launched a new line of portable charging products. The Rayovac 2-Hour Power mobile charging device has a shelf life of 10 years, and provides instant power to Apple and Micro USB mobile devices. <read more>

Turnkey Test System for Hybrid and Electric Vehicles
Sakor Technologies, Inc. has released its complete testing system for hybrid and electric vehicles (HEVs). The system features one or more AccuDyne AC motoring dynamometers, a high voltage DC battery simulator, and a DynoLAB PT data acquisition and control system. <read more>


Contour Energy’s CFx Primary Cells Offer Longer Life And Lower Weight for Rugged, Battery-Powered Military Applications
Contour Energy Systems, Inc. has introduced its Lithium/Carbon Fluoride (Li/CFx)  primary batteries for government  and defense applications. Contour’s Tunable Cathode technology that allows the cell’s fundamental properties to be fine-tuned for optimal energy and power density. <read more>



  Industry News

Duracell Powermat and Starbucks Expand Wireless Charging in Silicon Valley Area
Duracell Powermat has announced the availability of wireless charging in select Starbucks stores in the Silicon Valley area. The expansion of the wireless charging evaluation follows a successful test of the wireless charging technology in select Starbucks stores in the Boston area. <read more>


Event Listings


bp14Battery Power 2014 is an international conference highlighting the latest developments impacting mobile and portable battery systems for consumer products, including power tools, smart phones, tablets, laptops and medical devices. The 12th annual event will be held August 6-7 in Denver, Colorado. Conference topics will include new battery designs, improving power management, predicting battery life, regulations and standards, safety and transportation, battery authentication, charging technology, emerging chemistries and market trends.


Battery Power 2014 will provide you with the most up-to-date developments and technologies in the portable, mobile, consumer battery and power management market. If you are involved in the battery industry or if your products and systems run on batteries, this is a must attend event.


Call for Presentations

Battery Power 2014 is currently accepting abstracts. Topics will include new battery designs, improving power management, predicting battery life and regulation and safety issues. Other topics include OEM/end user requirements, battery authentication and market trends. The conference provides an excellent forum to discuss new developments in technology, market conditions and end-user requirements that are driving innovation, capabilities and features, application trends and performance improvements.


Deadline to submit an abstract is December 5th.

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