Times of India — TOKYO: Japanese electronics giant Panasonic on Thursday said it will stop making lithium-ion batteries at its factory in Beijing this month, cutting 1,300 jobs due to weak global demand for basic mobile phones and digital cameras. Employees were informed in late July of the planned closure of the 15-year-old factory, a company spokeswoman said. The plant produces batteries for simple mobile phones and digital cameras which have been overtaken by more sophisticated smartphones.
China Topix — Korean technology firm Samsung has announced a new technology discovered by its scientists that will allow them to increase the battery life of their phones. Even LG has confirmed to have developed a similar option that will keep the phones working for a longer duration of time. According to a report on The Inquirer, Samsung and LG have confirmed the development of a new technology that will help in extending the battery life of mobile phones.
Following Motorola’s ‘Turbo Charger’, HTC Corporation has announced a new charger with quick charging ability. Based on a 15W USB wall charger unit, this charger can charge up quicker than any available normal charger. While the Rapid charger 2.0 can charge any micro USB based device, a few models will get the benefit of its quick charging ability. According to the manfacturer, the HTC One M8 , HTC One E8, HTC One Remix and HTC Desire Eye will currently support this quick charging ability and many future devices will follow.
Taiwan-based Li-ion battery module makers, in view of weak global demand for notebooks and slow growth in tablet sales, are looking to new business opportunities from data center UPS systems, according to the makers. Although global demand for smartphones is still growing, a smartphone uses only only one battery module, unlike notebooks which use several, the sources said. In addition, China-based Li-ion battery module makers have been competing for orders from smartphone, tablet and notebook vendors.
SINGAPORE: Scientists at Nanyang Technology University (NTU) have developed ultra-fast charging batteries that can be recharged up to 70 per cent in two minutes, and have a lifespan of more than 20 years – 10 times more than existing lithium-ion batteries. The batteries will have a “wide-ranging impact” on all industries, especially for electric vehicles, where consumers are put off by long recharge times and limited battery life, said NTU in a media release issued on Monday (Oct 13).
Panasonic Corp will initially invest around 20-30 billion Yen ($200-300 million) in Tesla Motors for producing lithium-ion battery used in electric vehicles.Tesla Motors is a US based electric car manufacturer and Japan’s Panasonic has been supplying batteries for the electric car maker for years.
Lithium ion batteries are rechargeable batteries in which lithium ions move from anode to cathode during discharge and traverse back to anode while charging. They are available in different form factors such as small cylindrical, large cylindrical, pouch and prismatic. The market is expected to witness robust growth during the forecast period. This is due to the advantages such as higher efficiency, longer life time in compare to other batteries.