Dukosi Partners with GlobalFoundries on Next Generation Battery Management Silicon
PRESS RELEASE January 12th 2022
Battery Management semiconductor vendor, Dukosi, has announced a partnership with GlobalFoundries® (GF®) to produce feature-rich chips for electric vehicles in the automotive industry. The firm, based in Edinburgh, Scotland, designs and markets a novel battery management technology that uses wireless communications protocols to transmit data on the health of a battery’s individual cells across the battery pack.
Dukosi’s BMS chipset enables suppliers to re-architect batteries in electric vehicles (EVs), removing over 95% of the cables currently required to monitor temperature, state of health, and state of charge in battery packs. Uniquely, the design uses near field communication technology with a single antenna, to monitor and process data directly on the individual cells of the battery and wirelessly communicate this data to the central BMS. The simplified battery pack design saves weight and enables higher cell density, both resulting in increased driving range.
The partnership with GlobalFoundries will support the manufacturing of production-grade silicon, designed to meet the stringent safety and reliability standards of its end markets, including AECQ100 automotive grade. It will use GF’s Auto Pro™ Solution, a platform of automotive technology features, controls, and services to ensure that quality and reliability of the silicon meets the demands of the automotive industry. Dukosi chose to partner with GF as their technology is a great fit for an aggressive “always-on” mission profile with automotive reliability and quality.
“Battery management is essential for the safe and efficient operation of batteries” said Dukosi Chief Executive, Nat Edington. “The market requires a BMS that can meet the space and reliability demands of their applications. To date, battery management has been done with heavy and bulky wires, linking all cells to a central BMS. By replacing individual wires with one simple antenna, more accurate measurement and processing of the data at source, on every cell, batteries become inherently safer, simpler and smarter.
GlobalFoundries is an ideal partner and has a proven track record of established quality, which will support the chips’ 20-year lifetime requirements, in order to perform reliably through first and second life applications.”
“GlobalFoundries is excited to partner with Dukosi to create innovative solutions to revolutionize battery management systems for electric vehicles,” said Kamal Khouri, vice president of automotive at GF “This partnership is a great example of how companies such as Dukosi use GF’s feature-rich technology to create disruptive solutions, in this case, for the automotive industry and the evolution of the electric vehicle.”
Dukosi is a fabless semiconductor company. It enables lighter, less complex high voltage batteries, with more granular data reported and processed. It does this by providing a wireless sensor hub for each cell, eliminating all the wires, pins, connectors, and printed circuit boards of modular battery systems. A single antenna cable, paired with NFC technology, communicates from hundreds of cells to one central BMS per battery, without requiring line-of-sight, enabling a flexible, true cell to pack architecture.