Nvidia Recalls 88000 Shield Tablets, Citing Fire Hazard

31 Jul 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

88,000 Nvidia Shield tablets recalled due to heat risk.

Nvidia Corp. The tablets in question were purchased between July 2014 and July 2015, and Nvidia has published a dedicated page for owners to find out if they’re tablets are subject to the recall.

The company has learned that the battery in the device has the potential to overheat and catch fire, and thus Nvidia will be replacing the products with versions that don’t burst into flames. NVDA -0.67 % has recalled about 88,000 of its Shield tablets sold in the U.S. and Canada because the lithium-ion battery can overheat and become a fire hazard. Not surprisingly, Nvidia’s Shield tablet was targeted at gamers, with an Nvidia Tegra K1 Kepler GPU, 2.2GHz ARM Cortex A15 CPU, 2GB RAM, and 4K video output. But the company is also careful to note that anyone who bought a tablet within the last year should stop using it now, so the malfunction sounds fairly serious. Gizmodo’s own Eric Limer said “it should probably be your next Android tablet no matter how much button-mashing you do.” Still, the review noted that the tablet’s battery drained surprisingly quickly—and a cursory Twitter search shows that consumers had plenty of problems with battery drain and heat: Inside a normal lithium ion there are several cells—each containing an anode and cathode, with a liquid electrolyte between them.

This is a problem that affects a huge portion of lithium batteries, from the compact batteries in tiny smartphones to the massive units that power the electrical systems in the Boeing Dreamliner. This likely won’t dampen the company’s hardware goals, however, and it will no doubt quickly get back to making hardware that is hot—just not hot hot.

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