(19)
(11)EP 2 219 281 A3

(12)EUROPEAN PATENT APPLICATION

(88)Date of publication A3:
12.04.2017 Bulletin 2017/15

(43)Date of publication A2:
18.08.2010 Bulletin 2010/33

(21)Application number: 10153247.1

(22)Date of filing:  11.02.2010
(51)Int. Cl.: 
H02J 7/00  (2006.01)
(84)Designated Contracting States:
AT BE BG CH CY CZ DE DK EE ES FI FR GB GR HR HU IE IS IT LI LT LU LV MC MK MT NL NO PL PT RO SE SI SK SM TR
Designated Extension States:
AL BA RS

(30)Priority: 11.02.2009 US 378235

(71)Applicant: O2 Micro, Inc.
Santa Clara, CA 95054 (US)

(72)Inventors:
  • Densham, William
    Los Gatos, CA 95032 (US)
  • Xiao, Anquan
    201203, Shanghai (CN)
  • Gong, Xiaogei
    201203, Shanghai (CN)

(74)Representative: Lippert Stachow Patentanwälte Rechtsanwälte 
Partnerschaft mbB Postfach 30 02 08
51412 Bergisch Gladbach
51412 Bergisch Gladbach (DE)

  


(54)Circuit and method for cell balancing


(57) According to one embodiment of the invention, there is provided a cell balancing circuit used for balancing a plurality of cells comprising a first cell and a second cell adjacent to the first cell. The cell balancing circuit includes a first shunt path coupled to the first cell in parallel for enabling a shunt current of the first cell, a second shunt path coupled to the second cell in parallel for enabling a shunt current of the second cell. The cell balancing circuit further includes a controller which is coupled to the first shunt path and the second shunt path. The controller is operable for alternately conducting the first shunt path and the second shunt path if the first cell and the second cell are unbalanced.