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Maxim's high voltage sensor extends e-vehicle battery life

Posted: 08 Oct 2012  Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:differential PHY  battery management systems  UART communication interface  LQFP package 

With the constant need of Lithium-ion batteries to be constantly monitored, Chipmaker Maxim Integrated Products has recently introduced the latest generation of its high-voltage sensor for drivetrain batteries in e-cars.

The MAX17823 features a full package of integrated safety diagnosis functions which comply with the ISO26262safety standard. The device contributes to extending the driving range of electric vehicles while at the same time optimising the safety and reliability of batteries and fuel cells.

The device is also equipped with a proprietary UART communication interface with differential PHY. With this interface, the chip offers excellent EMI behaviour as required for automotive environments. It does away with expensive digital isolators or optocouplers and facilitates uninterrupted cell monitoring even when the battery is disconnected for maintenance.

An innovative switch-off system puts all downstream devices into sleep mode with power consumption of less than 1µA if the power supply to the host microcontroller is disconnected. ASIL D safety requirements are met through the precise measurements of up to 96 cells in an extremely fast cycle of 100 measurements per second. The hot-plug capability at the battery connections guarantees highest levels of reliability for design and production of battery management systems (BMS).

The device measures the voltages at an accuracy of 2mV or better. Comprehensive intelligent diagnosis functions prevent the system from premature shutdown. The daisy-chain design of the UART supports cable lengths of up to 3m and meets highest industrial and automotive EMI requirements. The operating temperature range covers the span from -40°C to +105°C. The device comes in an LQFP package.

- Christoph Hammerschmidt
  EE Times Europe





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