Smart Battery Chip and Development Tool
Atmel® Corporation announces the ATAVRSB100, a smart battery development kit. The ATAVRSB100 is based on the company’s ATmega406, an integrated single-chip smart battery AVR® device, targeting Lithium Ion batteries for laptop computers, medical equipment and portable instrumentation. It demonstrates the smart battery monitoring and protection capabilities while reducing the time to market for new smart battery designs. In one chip, the ATmega406 integrates functions such as voltage regulator, fully autonomous battery protection, more than 99% accurate monitoring capabilities, FET control and cell balancing FETs, allowing the implementation of a complete smart battery design with a limited number of external components. The ATAVRSB100 development board is made of a full smart battery implementation and three different support modules, to simulate individual cell voltage, total cell stack voltage and charge/discharge current. These modules let developers simulate critical battery situations on request, without the risk and the complexity of using real battery cells.