Micro Power announced a SMC-65 battery charger module for Li-ion batteries. The module is an open frame charger assembly that is said to provide efficient, reliable battery charging in a small footprint that can be easily integrated into industrial, medical and military OEM products.
The SMC-65 module operates from a wide range dc input, so it can be used in desktop (via an external ac-dc converter), mobile automotive, and military vehicular applications. It will safely charge most popular battery types and pack voltages (up to 19V). The 65W module has two battery interface configurations; digital (for smart batteries) and analog (batteries with no communications).
The SMC-65 module utilizes a programmable microprocessor charge control system with algorithms capable of charging Li-ion battery packs with or without fuel gauges. The SMC-65 module supports SMBus communications (SBS Level III), and can optionally accommodate DQ and HDQ communication protocols. Other features include variable rate charging and input/output reverse polarity protection.
The SMC-65 module is packaged to provide the smallest possible footprint, 55 by 55 by 12mm. The SMC-65 module is said to significantly reduce the development time and cost of OEM battery chargers or devices requiring embedded charging electronics.