IEEE Launches Revision to Standard for Rechargeable Cellular Batteries

(Business Wire) The IEEE has approved work to
begin on a revision to IEEE Std 1725™, "Standard for Rechargeable
Batteries for Cellular Telephones." The standard addresses the quality
and reliability of rechargeable lithium ion and lithium ion polymer
batteries for cellular telephone applications.

"The cellular industry has grown tremendously since IEEE Std 1725 was
first approved in 2006, as have the patterns of people using cellular
phones," said Jason Howard, chair of the Cell Phone Battery Working
Group, which will be in charge of updating the standard. "With today’s
consumers demanding more processing strength and better power
management from their phones, it is time for us to review and revise
the standard to make sure that it covers the latest developments in
battery technology and industry knowledge."

In addition to setting criteria for design analysis for qualification,
quality, and reliability of rechargeable lithium ion and lithium ion
polymer batteries, the standard also addresses battery pack electrical
and mechanical construction, packaging technologies, and pack and cell
level charge and discharge controls and overall system considerations.

The revision effort, IEEE P1725, is being developed within the IEEE
Standards Association Corporate Program in which each participating
member entity (such as corporations or other institutions) 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 support services. The program also provides a route to
international acceptance for a standard based on the IEEE’s broad ties
to the international standards community.

The standard is sponsored by the Stationary Batteries Committee of the IEEE Power & Energy Society.

The Cell Phone Battery Working Group will hold its first meeting on
16-18 February 2010 in Washington, DC. The meeting will serve to review
and refine the group’s processes and procedures and to nominate and
elect the group’s officers.


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