Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) (NYSE:TXN) introduced an integrated battery protection and cell-balancing solution for Li-Ion and lithium iron phosphate battery packs. The bq77910 battery management and protection device can manage 4- to 10-cell battery packs, and two devices can be stacked to protect 11- to 20-cell packs. The device simplifies battery pack designs for e-bikes, e-scooters, portable gardening tools, power tools and uninterruptible power supplies (UPS) and can also be used when replacing lead acid batteries.
The bq77910 protects the battery pack by monitoring individual cell voltages and drives two N-channel power MOSFETs to interrupt current flow during fault conditions. Fault detection and recovery criteria for the device are fully programmable in non-volatile memory to suit all types of lithium battery systems.
Key features and benefits of the bq77910
- Battery management and protection for 4- to 10-cell lithium batteries: Individual cell monitoring and balancing with internal FETs maximizes battery pack service life and performance.
- Low power operation: Low quiescent current (50 uA typical, 2.5 uA in shutdown mode) minimizes battery discharge during storage or idle periods to optimize battery life.
- Supports additional lithium battery chemistries: Programmable (EEPROM) fault detection thresholds and time delays make the bq77910 adaptable to all variations of lithium systems, including LiCoO2 and LiFePO4.
- Standalone integrated solution does not require an external controller or processor.
Tools and support
TI offers a variety of tools and support to speed the implementation of the bq77910 family of devices:
· bq77910EVM-001 evaluation module
· bq77908-10-GUI-SW evaluation software
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