However, Grosso said that the committee would involve the manufacturers in the secondary stages of its standard-setting work, giving them the ability to respond to proposed specifications during a review period. Generally "We bring [manufacturers] on board after weve got the first or second draft through the user community," he said. "We believe they have a lot of impact. But we dont want to get tied down to what [they say] can or cant be accomplished. Were trying to change the industry from [a perspective of] this is whats been done for the last X years, Because thats the way it is."Given their ability to be involved, battery makers should be aware of the committees specifications well in advance. "Weve found that standards diminish complexity while raising the bar on safety and reliability," Grosso said. "The cost of liability for a problem is much higher than sharing on certain safety aspects that [battery cell makers] may consider their IP" or intellectual property. PC makers banding together would certainly influence suppliers to react, Shim said. However, given that the committee has not yet met, there is some uncertainty regarding what will happen. "I think there are a lot of unknowns here, yet," Grosso said. "It is new territory, and thats part of the excitement of getting into our first meeting and seeing how do we align, where are our first greatest opportunities to strike some successes." Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest news in desktop and notebook computing.
Meanwhile, manufacturers such as Dell and HP can enforce the committees standards themselves by requiring that battery makers meet them as a condition of doing business.