IEEE Begins Work on Battery Standard for Digital Cameras and Camcorders

September 25, 2006 by Jeff Shepard

The rapid growth of digital cameras and camcorders is driving enhanced performance requirements for batteries, prompting the IEEE to begin a new standard to make them more robust and reliable. The standard, IEEE P1825,™ – "Rechargeable Batteries for Digital Cameras and Camcorders" – will be created within the IEEE Standards Association Corporate Program as part of the IEEE Livium™ family of battery standards.

"This effort will build on existing IEEE standards for rechargeable laptop and cell phone batteries, which will enable a robust standard to be completed in less than 18 months," said Edward Rashba, Manager New Technical Programs at IEEE-SA. "To insure the broadest spectrum of expertise is brought to bear, we have reached out to the International Imaging Industry Association (I3A) and the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) to engage in the effort."

IEEE P1825 will set uniform criteria for the design, production and evaluation of the lithium-ion and lithium-ion polymer batteries used in digital cameras and camcorders. The overriding goal of the standard is to enhance the experience consumers have when operating these devices. The standard will address areas such as battery pack electrical and mechanical construction, packaging technologies, and pack and cell charge and discharge controls. It also will recommend user education and related communication materials, since the interfaces between end users and battery subsystems are essential to system reliability.

IEEE P1825 will guide manufacturers and suppliers in planning and implementing design analysis, testing and qualification to ensure battery quality and reliability. The standard will serve those who design, produce and supply digital camera and camcorder battery subsystems, as well as those who manufacture and use these devices. IEEE Livium standards support the goal of having portable, rechargeable lithium-ion and lithium-ion-polymer batteries operate more efficiently and reliably. Completed standards in the IEEE Livium family include the IEEE 1625™ laptop battery standard and the IEEE 1725™ the mobile cell phone battery standard.

In forward looking activities related to the Livium family of standards, the IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA) is partnering with the IEEE Industry Standards and Technology Organization (IEEE-ISTO) in exploring conformance and interoperability activities. Further, the IEEE is planning to initiate a revision to the IEEE 1625 standard for laptops by year end. Standards are developed within the IEEE Corporate Standards Program in company-based working groups in which each member company has one vote. This industry-oriented program often allows for standards creation in one to two years, depending on participant commitment and the use of IEEE's support staff services.

The IEEE P1825 effort is sponsored by the Stationary Batteries Committee of the IEEE Power Engineering Society.