Circuit & System Protection


Protection for Li+ battery stacks

28 April 2010 Circuit & System Protection

The new MAX11080 from Maxim is a high-voltage, 12-channel battery protection IC for high-cell-count lithium-ion (Li+) battery stacks. It provides redundant cell monitoring to prevent Li+ batteries from exploding (thermal runaway), and up to 31 ICs can be daisy-chained together to monitor as many as 372 cells. This capability prevents cascading electrical failures and eliminates the expensive isolation components required by discrete solutions. In a typical hybrid vehicle, Maxim’s solution is said to reduce the cost of the battery management system (BMS) by up to 80%.

Offering high accuracy, low power consumption, built-in safety and self-diagnostic features, and extensive configurability, the MAX11080 is well suited for a spectrum of battery applications including automotive, industrial, power line and battery backup.

For more information contact Larry Gordon, CST Electronics, +27 (0)11 608 0070, sales@cstelectronics.co.za, www.cstelectronics.co.za



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