Introduced as the industry's first integrated battery monitor and protector to measure 16 battery cells at one time, the bq76PL455A-Q1 provides accurate cell-voltage monitoring for large batteries with up to 256 cells in a series. Its target application is enabling a more intelligent battery management in electric vehicles, hybrid electric vehicles, and grid energy storage systems. The device promises to reduce printed circuit board size and system cost. Integration features allow designers to use a single device, while other solutions could require as many as four devices for a 48V system. The bq76PL455A-Q1 comes in a thin quad flat pack (TQFP) 80 package and is priced at $14.95 each/1,000. For a datasheet, go to http://www.ti.com/product/BQ76PL455A-Q1/datasheet
Texas Instruments Inc.