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ZMDI, a global semiconductor company, launches the world’s smallest intelligent battery sensor IC for automotive, industrial and medical markets

April 26, 2012

DRESDEN, Germany, April 26, 2012 /PRNewswire/ – ZMD AG (ZMDI), a Dresden-based semiconductor company that specializes in enabling
energy-efficient solutions, today announces the ZSSC1856. As a global
supplier of analog and mixed-signal solutions for automotive,
industrial, medical, information technology and consumer applications,
ZMDI introduces the first member of a new Battery Power Management
product line. The ZSSC1856 features two high-precision 18-bit
Sigma/Delta ADCs with an on-chip voltage reference. Designed for
ultra-low power consumption, the ZSSC1856 uses less than 100mA in Sleep
Mode and comes in a PQFN32 5mm x 5mm package only 0.85mm high.

“ZMDI’s goal is to enable our customers to deliver systems that address
the demand for energy,” says Frank Schulze, ZMDI. “The ZSSC1856
Intelligent Battery Sensor effectively offers automotive, industrial
and medical customers a smaller, high-resolution and low-current
alternative to present battery power management offerings.”

Originally designed for automotive applications such as start/stop
systems, the ZSSC1856 lends itself perfectly to industrial and medical
systems that require precise battery state-of-health (SOH),
state-of-charge (SOC) or state-of-function (SOF) monitoring, such as
emergency lighting, uninterruptable power supplies, hospital equipment
and alarm systems.

The ZSSC1856 is a dual-channel ADC with an embedded microcontroller. One
of the two input channels measures the battery current IBAT via the
voltage drop at the external shunt resistor. The second channel
measures the battery voltage VBAT and the temperature. An integrated
flash memory is provided for customer-specific software. The device
communication interface supports LIN 1.3, 2.0 and 2.1 specifications.
The ZSSC1856 is AEC-Q100 qualified and specified for temperatures from
-40°C to +125°C.

This product is priced at 4,06 EUR (5.48 USD) for 1k pieces and
evaluation kits, application notes and samples are available.

        --  Smallest footprint in the industry: PQFN32 5mm x 5mm package
        --  Lowest power consumption without sacrificing performance:During
            Sleep Mode (e.g., engine off), the system makes periodic
            measurements to monitor the discharge of the battery.
            Measurement cycles are software-controlled and include various
            wake-up conditions. The ZSSC1856 is optimized for ultra-low
            power consumption and draws only 100¼A or less in this mode.
        --  18-bit resolution for higher accuracy

About ZMDI

Zentrum Mikroelektronik Dresden AG (ZMDI) is a global supplier of analog
and mixed-signal semiconductors solutions for automotive, industrial,
medical, information technology and consumer applications. These
solutions enable our customers to create the most energy-efficient
products for power management, lighting and sensors.

For over 50 years, ZMDI has been globally headquartered in Dresden,
Germany. With over 300 employees worldwide, ZMDI serves its customers
with sales offices and design centers throughout Germany, Italy,
Bulgaria, France, United Kingdom, Japan, Korea, Taiwan and the United

See more at www.zmdi.com.

The URL for this news release is www.zmdi.com/news/press-releases-news.

The URL for the product photos are www.zmdi.com/news/photos-logo.

The URL for further product information is www.zmdi.com/battery_management.


Source: PR Newswire