Highly integrated buck battery charger provides seamless backup power
Linear Technology has introduced the LTC4091, a complete lithium-ion battery backup management system for 3.45V to 4.45V supply rails that must be kept active during a long duration main power failure. The device employs a 36V monolithic buck converter with adaptive output control to provide power to a system load and enable high efficiency battery charging from the buck output. When external power is available, the device can provide up to 2.5A of total output current and up to 1.5A of charge current for single-cell 4.1V or 4.2V Li-Ion batteries. If the primary input source fails and can no longer power the load, the device provides up to 4A to the system output load from the backup Li-Ion battery via an internal ideal diode, and unlimited current if an external ideal diode transistor is used. To protect sensitive downstream loads, the maximum output load voltage is 4.45V.
The device’s PowerPath control provides a seamless switchover between input power and backup power during a power fail event, and enables reverse blocking with a shorted input. Typical applications for the device include fleet and asset tracking, automotive GPS data loggers and telematics systems, security systems, communications and industrial backup systems.
The device includes 60V absolute maximum input overvoltage protection, making the IC immune to high input voltage transients. It’s battery charger provides two pin-selectable charge voltages optimized for Li-Ion battery backup applications: the standard 4.2V, and a 4.1V option that trades off battery run time for increased charge/discharge cycle life. Other features include soft start and frequency foldback to control output current during start-up and overload, as well as trickle charge, automatic recharge, low battery precharge, charge timer termination, thermal regulation and a thermistor pin for temperature-qualified charging.