Maxim Integrated Products has revealed that its lithium-ion (Li+) battery monitor is being used for the Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid, a sport utility vehicle designed for the North American market. Maxim’s Li+ battery monitor provides self-diagnostics and robust daisy-chained data communications that easily handles the high-voltage requirements of the automotive industry.
Maxim’s highly integrated solution enables a smaller, lighter weight, and high-performance Li+ battery system in the hybrid. Using Hitachi’s battery system with Maxim’s Li+ battery monitor IC, the Pathfinder Hybrid achieves greater driving range than competitive systems and improves the overall safety of the battery system.
Kent Robinett, Managing Director, Automotive Marketing, Maxim Integrated Products, comments: “The automotive market is a major focus for Maxim, and I am pleased that Nissan selected our cell-monitoring IC for its Pathfinder Hybrid. Maxim is advancing into a next-generation EV/HEV powertrain system, and we will continue to develop highly integrated products for this important market.”
The Li+ battery system for the Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid is supplied by Hitachi Automotive Systems. Hitachi Vehicle Energy developed the system and incorporated Maxim’s IC.
“Maxim’s battery cell-monitoring IC was integral to achieving the highly reliable, smaller, lighter and high-power Li+ battery system required for the newest hybrid car,” added Mr. Koji Masui, Department Manager, Lithium Ion Battery Development, Hitachi Automotive Systems.