Battery-management chips illustrate how sophisticated electronic control units are proliferating in cars.
Most vehicles already have some form of battery management system in place. At the very least, it monitors the battery's charging and discharging, and how much of a charge the battery has left.
"It really just takes a smart controller to manage the battery," says Kyle Williams, director of automotive systems integration at Robert Bosch LLC.
More intelligent controls can prioritize power demand from multiple electronic devices.
Take fuel-saving stop-start systems, which are spreading rapidly across vehicle lines in Europe and making inroads in North … Read more