Lithium ion batteries set for boom

Lithium ion batteries set for boom
Tom Foremski
Lithium ion polymer batteries are a new technology but will soon become the leading battery type in portable electronic devices, claims US market research firm Kline & Company.
Thanks to major investments in commercial production lines by Sony, Matsushita and Thomas & Betts, there will be about 16 million lithium ion polymer cells produced by the end of this year. Sony expects to produce 12 million cells, with 3.6 million from Matsushita.
The backing of these two industry heavyweights will propel lithium ion polymer into a leading position especially in cellular phone and mobile computers. The key advantages of the battery technology is that it has a higher charge density than other types and the batteries can be easily moulded into different shapes depending upon the application.


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