Honeywell Licenses PowerSmart to Manufacture Smart Battery ICsJuly 11, 2000 by Jeff Shepard
Honeywell International Inc. (Morristown, NJ) has licensed PowerSmart Inc. (Shelton, CT) to manufacture smart battery ICs utilizing Honeywell's battery-monitoring technology. PowerSmart will use Honeywell's smart battery patents and technologies in applications including, lead-acid battery electronics in certain military vehicle batteries; telecommunications base stations; and starting, lighting and ignition applications for construction equipment and heavy-duty vehicles.The combined companies will implement nonintrusive battery monitoring systems and electronics that can identify potential failures before they happen, decreasing minimal down-time due to battery failure. "The combined, advanced technologies of Honeywell and PowerSmart greatly improve the diagnostic and prognostics capability of these systems over those currently available to industry and the military," commented Steve Maio, manager of New Ventures, Defense Avionic Systems of Honeywell."The inclusion of the Honeywell technology coupled with our own unique designs will significantly improve the real-time monitoring and state of health reporting capability of our battery-monitoring products," said PowerSmart CTO Louis Hruska.