Raychem Circuit Protection (Menlo Park, CA) recently announced the VTP240, the newest addition to its Polyswitch Battery Protection line. According to Raychem, the VTP240 has the highest hold current of the VTP range (2.4V) enabling over-current and over-temperature protection for high current applications. The 16V, 100A device is designed for prismatic cells where it can […]
Unitrode Corp. (Merrimack, NH) recently announced the BENCHMARQ bq2057 Series of linear lithium-ion charge management ICs for portable devices. According to Unitrode,...
Solectria Corp. (Wilmington, MA) announced a strategic move in direction toward the research, development and production of components for use in hybrid and electric vehicles, as well as for the distributed generation of electric power. "In 1991, Solectria pioneered the introduction of electric vehicles because we saw the need for them, and because no major […]
Sanyo Electric Co. Ltd. (Japan) recently announced the development of a thin-type lithium-polymer secondary battery. Production will be located at Sanyo Electric Co. Ltd, Soft Energy Company in Japan. The production capabilities will reach 400,000 cells per month by the spring of 2000, according to Sanyo. The battery, UP363562, measures 3.6mm thick x 35mm wide […]
AVX Corp. (Myrtle Beach, SC) recently announced its new BestCap (Battery Energy Saving Technology Capacitor) electromechanical supercapacitor based on an aqueous chemistry (RHISS, rechargeable hydrogen ion solid state). AVX claims the technology is ideal for high power pulsing and is designed for use in hand-held and mobile communications equipment to extend battery life. The company […]
Philips Semiconductors (Netherlands) recently announced the TEA1202T Battery Power IC. The TEA1202T is designed to operate portable devices, such as cellular phones, personal digital assistants (PDAs), MP3 players and minidisk players from single-cell NiCd/NiMH or primary cell while extending operating time. According to Philips, the chip increases times for portable devices through conversion efficiencies of […]
Nokia (Finland) recently announced that it will begin shipping its first ultra-thin (7.8 millimeter) lithium-polymer battery. According to Nokia, this battery is designed to be compatible with the world's most popular mobile phones including the Nokia 5100, Nokia 6100 and Nokia 7100 Series digital phones and Nokia 640, Nokia 650 (NMT 450) and Nokia RinGo […]
The Electric Vehicle Association of the Americas (EVAA, Washington, DC) is hosting the North American Electric Vehicle and Infrastructure Conference and Exposition, NAEVI 1999, November 17-20, in Atlanta, GA. The world's biggest auto companies, as well as some of the most innovative electric vehicle product manufacturers, are set to show a number of new technologies […]
Unitrode Corporation (Merrimack, NH) recently announced the bq2052 Benchmarq Gas Gauge IC for capacity monitoring of primary lithium battery packs. The bq2052...
MCM Enterprise Ltd. (Bellevue, WA) introduced a valve-regulated battery management and monitoring system to its CellSense family of lead acid battery monitors....
Maxwell Technologies Inc. (San Diego, CA) reported record revenues for its fourth fiscal quarter ended July 31, 1999, of $49.8 million, compared with revenues of $40.0 million for the same period a year ago. The company's fourth quarter was $3.7 million, or $0.38 per share, after giving effect to special charges and credits, compared to […]
Significant changes are occurring in the worldwide rechargeable battery industry. Although the worldwide battery market will grow from about $4.4 billion in 1999 to almost $6 billion in 2004, its composition will change dramatically. These trends are discussed in the new Darnell Group (Corona, CA) report, "Worldwide Battery Pack Market Forecasts, Applications, Chemistries, Smart Technology […]
Unitrode Corp. (Merrimack, NH) recently announced the bq2052 Benchmarq Gas Gauge IC for capacity monitoring of primary lithium battery packs. The bq2052 monitors critical parameters of Lithium Sulfur Dioxide (LiSO2) and Lithium Manganese Dioxide (LiMnO2) battery packs, by using the latest Unitrode gas gauge platform. Both battery pack types are extensively used in military communication […]
Lynntech Inc. (College Station, TX) delivered four prototype, self-contained, direct methanol fuel cell (DMFC) power supply systems to the US Army Research Laboratory (ARL, Adelphi, MD) at the completion of a small business innovation research phase two contract. The fuel cell prototypes provide a fully regulated 15W/12V output and were developed for use as individual […]
Delphi Automotive Systems (Troy, MI) is demonstrating high-power solutions to meet the growing electrical energy demands of next-generation vehicles at the Frankfurt International Motor Show (September 16-26, 1999). Technologies being showcased include 42V and dual 14/42V architectures, a 36V absorbent glass mat (AGM) lead-acid battery, next-generation high-power generators, dc/dc converters, and an advanced LiPoTek lithium-polymer […]