Li-Ion battery formation and electrical testing require accurate voltage and current control, usually to better than ±0.05% over the specified temperature range. This reference design proposes a solution for high-current (up to 50A) battery tester applications supporting input (bus) voltages from 8V–16V and output load (battery) voltages from 0V–5V.
The design utilises an integrated multi-phase bidirectional controller, LM5170, combined with a high precisiondata converters and instrumentation amplifiers to achieve charge and discharge accuracies of 0.01% full scale.
To maximise battery capacity and minimise battery formation time, the design uses highly-accurate constant current (CC) and constant voltage (CV) calibration loops with a simplified interface. All key design theories are described guiding users through the part selection process and optimisation. Finally, schematic, board layout, hardware testing, and results are also presented.
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