Enovix batteries to outfit smartwatches ‘for top brand’

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Enovix has received its first order for its high energy density smartwatch battery after more than a year of testing and development at the unnamed customer’s labs.

The US-based battery maker has not named the customer except to say it is “one of the largest consumer electronics companies in the world.”

“We’re pleased to reach a major milestone with one of the largest consumer electronics companies in the world,” said Harrold Rust, co-founder, president and CEO of Enovix. “After more than a year of collaboration and testing with this important customer, we’ve completed the initial technology qualification process and are advancing to the next stage of their commercial procurement process. While we’re excited about this order, we believe it may ultimately lead to opportunities across multiple categories within their vast portfolio of products.”

According to Enovix, the performance of the lithium-ion batteries was validated at the customer’s test labs across a range of commercial requirements, including energy density, cycle life, charge/discharge rate and temperature performance.

Enovix said the initial order “marked the start of the next stage of the customer’s formal product development cycle.”

This next stage is expected to result in the integration of Enovix’ batteries into several of the customer’s next generation smartwatch prototype platforms, field trials in pre-production watches “and ultimately high-volume production for worldwide consumer markets,” the company said.

The batteries will be produced by Enovix’ automated production lines at its factory, Fab-1, in Fremont, California.

“While many battery companies’ technologies are still under development in the lab, we’re proud to reach this milestone, which demonstrates our product and manufacturing readiness,” said Cam Dales, GM and chief commercial officer at Enovix. “We’re thrilled to be working with one of the world’s best-known consumer brands, as we take another step towards our vision of making a positive impact on people’s lives through innovation in energy storage.”