Boston-Power to Unveil Battery Designed to Last Lifespan of Notebook Computers

January 29, 2007 by Jeff Shepard

Boston-Power, Inc.™ announced its Sonata product line, a next-generation, lithium-ion battery for notebook computers. Boston-Power is working closely with HP in the testing and validation process of this new technology.

Boston-Power’s Sonata product line is a drop-in technology that can be used in existing notebook computers. Significantly, it requires no design changes on the part of the notebook computer OEM. Sonata features enhancements in both performance and safety; its proprietary safety features include slower chemical kinetics, novel current interrupt devices, new thermal fuses, unique pressure relief vents and safer pack configuration. The first notebook computers to use Sonata batteries are expected to ship this summer.

Sonata provides on-the-go notebook computer users with what the company claims is the industry’s fastest recharge time – recharging to 80% capacity in just 30 minutes. Additionally, the company claims that the Sonata is the only battery designed to match the lifespan of a notebook computer. To date, most users find that they need to buy at least three batteries in the first three years of use of a new notebook computer. Sonata is designed so these users should only need one battery during this same timeframe.

Boston-Power Founder and CEO Dr. Christina Lampe-Onnerud stated, "I’ve worked closely with the top players in the portable power market for 15 years and see a compelling opportunity to introduce a new approach to solving the problems facing battery pack manufacturers and their OEMs. Boston-Power has assembled some of the top R&D, manufacturing and business development executives in our field and is committed to a whole-system, application-specific design approach. Our first product line, Sonata, demonstrates that this yields a better performing, cost-effective battery with best-in-class safety assurances. We look forward to overcoming the notebook computer battery challenge first, and over time applying our solutions to other mobile devices."