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Kontron MARS Smart Battery Kit - Mobile Application Platform

Smart Battery Platform for Kontron ETX® and COM Express® Modules


MARS - 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.



CommonBattery 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.

MARS Development Kit: MARS platform, wire for ATX power connector, wire for “feature connector” (SM-Bus), Y-wire power connector


Electrical12 VDC (max. 60 W), 5 V Standby, 5 VDC (max. 42.5 W), additional lines for: 3.3 V, -5 V, -12 V
Mechanical185 mm x 160 mm x 16,5 mm (7.28" x 6.3" x 0.65")
SoftwareN/A (depends on module)
TemperatureOperation (standard): 0°C to 60°C
Operation (storage): -30°C to 85°C
Warranty2 Years

Ordering Details

Board18029-0000-00-0 MARS Development Kit

Note - no COM Express® modules or heat-spreaders are included - please order separately.

Please note that boards are supplied with no cables, software or manuals.
Software/manuals are available electronically.

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