Overview

Features and Benefits

  • High Accuracy
    • ±0.5mV (max) Cell Voltage Error
    • Simultaneous Cell Voltage Sampling
    • Self-Calibration
  • Integrated Diagnostics
    • Open-Wire and Short Fault Detection
    • Undervoltage/Overvoltage Warning
    • Thermal Shutdown
  • High Flexibility
    • SPI Interface
    • 12-Cell and 16-Cell Versions
    • +6V Minimum (3 Cells) Operation
    • +0.5V to +4.5V Cell Voltage Range
    • Integrated Cell-Balancing FET Drivers
    • Integrated 5V LDO
  • Low Power
    • 1µA Shutdown Mode
    • 1µA/10µA Cell Current Draw

Product Details

The MAX14920/MAX14921 battery measurement analog front-end devices accurately sample cell voltages and provide level shifting for primary/secondary battery packs up to 16 cells/+65V (max). The MAX14920 monitors up to 12 cells, while the MAX14921 monitors up to 16 cells. Both devices simultaneously sample all cell voltages, allowing accurate state-of-charge and source-resistance determination. All cell voltages are level shifted to ground reference with unity gain, simplifying external ADC data conversion.

The devices have a low-noise, low-offset amplifier that buffers differential voltages of up to +5V, allowing monitoring of all common lithium-ion (Li+) cell technologies. The resulting cell voltage error is ±0.5mV.

The devices’ high accuracy make them ideal for monitoring cell chemistries with very flat discharge curves, such as lithium-metal phosphate.

Passive-cell balancing is supported by external FET drivers. Integrated diagnostics in the devices allow open-wire detection and undervoltage/overvoltage alarms. The devices are controlled by a daisy-chainable SPI interface.

The MAX14920 is available in a 64-pin (10mm x 10mm) TQFP package with an exposed pad. The MAX14921 is available in an 80-pin (12mm x 12mm) TQFP package. Both devices are specified over the -40°C to +85°C extended temperature range.

Applications

  • e-Transportation Energy Packs
  • Energy Storage Packs
  • Industrial Battery Backup Systems
  • Telecom Battery Backup Systems

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