In 2010 Maxim acquired Teridian Semiconductor to create a device portfolio for Smart Metering applications. Recently a new device was added, the 78M6631, which is a highly integrated three-phase power measurement and monitoring system-on-chip (SoC) with a 10 MHz 8051-compatible processor core. Designed for a wide variety of applications requiring three-phase power and quality measurements, it is available with preloaded firmware that supports both delta and wye (Y or star) three-phase configurations. [via]
3-Phase Power Monitor on a Chip - [Link]
Paul Asselin has written a description of his design of a USB Lithium Polymer battery charger – [via]
I wanted to build a cheap USB LiPo charger and didn’t like the unavailability nor the price of the Maxim’s MAX1555. Searching for something better, I stumbled upon the Microchip MCP73831. It is still way too expensive in single quantities but there ain’t too many options.
The board is intentionally small and has a status LED. There really isn’t much more to it, it’s a single purpose device and just does the job. It is proudly Open Source Hardware.
Here is a simple programmable load. It’s basically a constant current sink that is controlled through a pot. The current is sunk through a high power FET which needs to be cooled to function properly – [via]
Here’s a link to a *really* simple linear constant current sink i put together
This design is about as simple as it gets. . .multi-turn pot controlled and readout done by a voltmeter:) The good news is that it works quite well for moderate loads. It was put together to regulate current flowing through a copper electroplating tank. Due to the monstrous Pentium II (or maybe III?) heat sink, it isn’t noticeably warm when eating 9A of current.
Simple analog programmable load - [Link]
Here is an interesting project which uses capacitors to store energy instead of chemical,sit uses an different type of capacitors called Goldcap capacitors,GoldCap capacitors offer an interesting alternative power source when compared to conventional disposable or even rechargeable batteries. They can be charged very rapidly and can also deliver a high peak output current. Their voltage rating however is quite low so a little electronic assistance is necessary to raise the output voltage to a more useful level.PP3 (6F22) type 9 V batteries are often used in small portable equipment that require very little current and may only be used intermittently. Under these conditions its often the case that the battery is flat just when you urgently need to use the equipment. NiCd rechargeable cells are not a good choice in these applications because their self-discharge characteristics are much worse than dry cells and often there is no charge left after a long time in storage.
Superfast Rechargable Battery - [Link]
Don Scansen writes:
The viability of an energy harvesting application often depends on components that can efficiently extract very low levels of power at low current and/or low voltage, and deliver these to a storage battery or capacitor. The premise is simple: scavengers of ambient energy rely only on what they are given and what is available, sometimes more, sometimes less.
This self-evident truth places great importance on products such as step-up low voltage boosters, which are self-powered modules that convert a low DC voltage input to a higher AC or DC voltage output suitable for low-power energy harvesting applications using photodiodes, thermoelectric or electromagnetic generators as the input source.
Step-up Micropower Voltage Boosters Simplify Energy Harvesting - [Link]
The circuit uses both op-amps of an LM358 to control the charging of a single cell lithium ion battery. Charging automatically stops when the battery is full, and it is possible to charge batteries that have gone below the undervoltage limit. Power is provided through USB or any other 5V source.
Simple USB DIY Li-ion battery charger - [Link]
MAX16974 High-Voltage, 2.2MHz, 2A Automotive Step-Down Converter with Low Operating Current – [via]
- Wide input voltage range (3.5V to 45V) allows seamless operation from cold crank to load dump
- Low quiescent current meets tight power budgets
- High-frequency operation eliminates AM-band radio interference
2A automotive step-down converter - [Link]
If you design circuits powered by CR2032 batteries here’s an article located by Joe Desbonnet which you should consider: [via]
This is an interesting article on how the performance of a cell/battery under pulsed loads can vary dramatically depending on period, peak current, duty cycle and other factors. The article discusses the performance of a CR2032 button cell driving low power wireless protocols such as ANT+ and Bluetooth v4.0.
The impact of high pulse drain on CR2032 coin-cell battery capacity - [Link]