MARS Smart Battery Kit

Smart Battery platform
for Kontron ETX® and COM Express® modules
  • MARS Starter Kit
  • Input voltage range 5 VDC to 28 VDC
  • Support for 2 Smart Batteries
  • Ready-made modular building blocks for fast implementation in different customized solutions
  • Proven layout and schematic documents
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Mobile Application platform for Rechargeable Systems

"MARS" mobilizes Computer-on-Modules applications.

More and more manufacturers are depending on intelligent battery management solutions. Therefore, the main target of the "MARS" development platform is to enable engineers to design their own mobile power supply with up to 60 W and with one or two smart batteries.

"MARS" features four function units that can be used whenever required:

  • The Buck Boost Converter IN extends the input voltage range from 5 to 28 VDC, ensuring a sufficiently high charging voltage and producing an output voltage of up to 19 V.
  • The Buck Boost Converter OUT increases the battery output voltage if a backup battery with less than 12 V is used.
  • The smart battery system manages the charging and discharging processes of up to two smart batteries in parallel or serial operation.
  • The Dual Buck Converter provides an ATX-compliant power supply.

From these function units the developer picks just the ones needed and leave out the elements not required.

Additionally "MARS" can automatically switch from one voltage source to another within just a few microseconds, making it well suited as an uninterruptible power supply. "MARS" is stored in the ACPI registries provided for the purpose using BIOS in Kontron ETX® and COM Express® modules.


Dimensions (H x W x D) 185 mm x 160 mm x 16,5 mm (7.28" x 6.3" x 0.65")
Battery bay Applicable Smart Batteries:
NiMH and NiCd up to 10S1P, e. g. 9S1P (10.8 V), 10S1P (12 V)
Li-Ion and LiPo up to 4S3P, e. g. 2S2P (7.2 V), 3S3P (10.8 V), 4S3P (14.4 V)
Applicable Motherboards Supported Products:
Basic functions are supported by all Kontron ETX® and COM Express™ modules
For key functions please have a look in the manual under Appendix D.
Outut Voltage Range 12 VDC (max. 60 W), 5 V Standby, 5 VDC (max. 42.5 W), additional lines for: 3.3 V, -5 V, -12 V
Additional MARS Development Kit:
MARS platform, wire for ATX power connector, wire for “feature connector” (SM-Bus), Y-wire power connector



MARS Concept Folder
MARS Concept Folder including technical information - Mobile Application platform for Rechargeable Systems.
[ mars_concept_folder_w.pdf, 1.02 MB, Aug.31.2017 ]


MARS - Mobile Application platform for Rechargeable Systems - Manual
[ marsm004.pdf, 766.22 KB, Sep.11.2017 ]

General Safety Instruction
[ 0_0096_4370_v2_2_d_e_2019-10-15.pdf, 111.84 KB, Oct.29.2019 ]

White Papers

MARS Fachartikel
MARS Fachartikel Markt & Technik, Nr. 39 vom 25.09.09
[ mars-fachartikel-markt-and-technik-september-2009.pdf, 95.74 KB, Nov.27.2013 ]

Power Management
Intelligent Development Platform makes power management easier
[ mars_-power-systems_nov09.pdf, 1.58 MB, Nov.27.2013 ]

MARS mobilizes Computer-on-Modules Applications
Intelligent Development Platform makes Power Management easier for COM-based Mobile Applications
[ mars-epdee_2009_december_pages_28-30.pdf, 325.71 KB, Nov.27.2013 ]


Kontron Services Brochure
[ kontron-services-brochure.pdf, 390.7 KB, Sep.06.2019 ]

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