Panasonic and Intel team up on battery research

Vendors agree to work together on extending battery life for notebooks

Matsushita Battery, part of Panasonic, will work with Intel to improve battery technology, the two companies announced last week.

The work with Intel is focused on improving current lithium ion battery technology to the point where a notebook computer will be able to run for eight hours on a single charge.

Matsushita is already working on a new battery that should be available in April and could help extend the life of notebook computers and other devices such as cellphones and digital still cameras, the company said in a statement.

The new battery will have a capacity of 2.9Ah (amphere hours), which is about 30% more than mainstream batteries today, according to the company. Like current batteries, it will reach a voltage of 4.2V when fully charged, but will continue discharging down to 2.5V. Current batteries stop discharging power at around 3V so the new battery should last longer, the company said.

It will work jointly with Intel on using this battery in notebook computer applications.

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