It may have taken a whopping seven years to finally ratify wireless n, but industry body the IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) now believes it can agree a standard for rechargeable cellular batteries.
The aim is to formalise the quality and reliability of lithium ion and lithium ion polymer batteries within the mobile phone industry, though any standard would likely soon bleed into other sectors - notably laptops and netbooks.
"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 IEEE's 'Cell Phone Battery Working Group' which has been put in charge of agreeing 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."
Besides, quality and reliability "battery pack electrical and mechanical construction, packaging technologies, and pack and cell level charge and discharge controls and overall system considerations" are part of the group's wide ranging remit. The first meeting of the Cell Phone Battery Working Group will be on 16-18 February with the IEEE rather optimistically claiming its approach "often allows for standards creation in one to two years." I'm doing my best not to choke on my breakfast reading that, but it's hard not to back any programme which aims to create industry standards and bring order out of chaos. With today's ever more powerful and demanding portable devices it is long overdue as well.
That said, I can't see this one getting sorted before 2015...
Press Release via BusinessWire