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 Sep 06, 2007 - 12:00 PM - by Michael
* Problems with Li-I

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Made By Monkeys looks at the problems of designing Lithium-Ion batteries, which have been the focus of some major bad PR for Sony of late:

The trade-offs inherent in these often mutually exclusive goals make for a diabolical design challenge: You can make a Li-ion battery that has high performance, for example, but the trade-off is a shorter life. And as every design engineer knows, making the right trade-offs and getting everything right takes time, experience, and a bit of finesse.

?A problem doesn?t necessarily pop up during the first generation of cells,? says Miller. ?Things may look fine in the lab and then when you go to production you find that the technology behaves in a slightly different way, which means things can and do go wrong.?


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