New Technologies and Energy Harvesting
Texas – First multi-cell multi-chemistry battery gas gauge for lithium batteries (bq34z100)Jul 3 2012 - New Technologies and Energy Harvesting [More New Technologies and Energy Harvesting Articles]
Texas Instruments (TI) introduced the first in a family of multi-chemistry, multi-cell battery management gas gauge circuits with proprietary Impedance Track capacity measurement technology.
The bq34z100 power management chip is the first gas gauge in the industry to support a wide range of lithium-ion and lithium iron phosphate chemistries in 2- to 16-cell battery packs, extending battery run-time in applications like medical instruments, power tools, e-bikes and uninterruptible power supplies (UPS). TI also plans to introduce new gauges this year to support lead acid, nickel cadmium and nickel metal hydride chemistries.
Today’s multi-cell lithium battery designs in portable industrial and medical equipment need a more accurate way to measure remaining battery capacity. The bq34z100 battery gauge leverages Impedance Track technology, which uses charge voltage measurements, battery characteristics and properties to determine a battery’s state-of-health and maintain up to a 94-percent accurate capacity measurement for the entire life of the battery. The circuit also works independently of series-cell configuration, and can reduce power consumption through an external voltage translation circuit, says the company.More news from Texas Instruments