The new foxBMS platform release is available on GitHub.

We publish major software releases for our open source BMS platform every 3 to 6 months and interim bug fixes when solved in the News section. By subscribing to the foxBMS Newsletter, you will be informed when the new releases are available. Further, the foxBMS Roadmap and the Documentation are also updated regularly.

Warning: The foxBMS platform including the foxBMS hardware and the foxBMS software are under permanent development. The free and open research and development platform foxBMS as presented in the documentation hereafter is not provided to be used without any adaptions (e.g., to fulfill mandatory regulations) in consumer products, electric vehicles, production environments or any similar usages: the open source verison of the foxBMS platform is only intended to be used by skilled professionals trained in designing battery system prototypes.

Hereafter is a summary of the changes developed for this version of the foxBMS platform.

Software:

  • Toolchain:
    • none
  • Bugfixes:
    • Previous timestamp in database entries is now set with the timestamp value from database, not from passed structure. (database.c)
    • Removed double-buffering feature for database as no concurrent read/write access to database with current software architecture is possible. (database.c/.h)
    • Fixed compile error if BS_SEPARATE_POWERLINES was set to 0. (contactor_cfg.h)
    • Fixed check of current direction. Current value was compared with enum value instead of define for resting current limit. (batterysystem_cfg.c)
    • Fixed initialization of variable ltc_balancing_feedback.value[] in LTC_Initialize_Database(). It was iterated over BS_NR_OF_BAT_CELLS elements instead of BS_NR_OF_MODULES elements. (ltc.c)
    • added missing includes to wscripts for building common drivers and modules.
  • Enhancements:
    • Endianness of transmitted/received CAN data can now be configured. If data is received/transmitted as big-endian (motorola) it will be converted directly before transmission from little-endian to big-endian and vice versa after receiving data. The native endianness of the MCU (STM32F429) is little-endian (intel). (cansignal.c, cansignal_cfg.c/h)
    • Removed unnecessary distinction between getter and setter callback functions for CAN signals as this brought no advantage. (cansignal.c, cansignal_cfg.c/h)
    • Simplified diagnosis module
    • COM test mode duration to use the extended set of commands is now automatically extended if valid command is received (com.c)
    • If the number of inputs configured in the variable ltc_voltage_input_used in ltc_cfg.c does not match BS_NR_OF_BAT_CELLS_PER_MODULE in batterysystem_cfg.h, the first LTC measurement cycle is stoppped and the SYS module goes in the error state. A corresponding error flag (ltc_config_error) has been added to the error table and is transmitted per CAN.
    • SOC is now automatically recalibrated via LUT while battery system is at rest. (soc.c)

Hardware:

  • none

Documentation:

  • Fixed error in pinout description for RS485 and isolated GPIOs (connectors.rst)
  • Added section about monitored parameters by foxBMS to the sphinx documentation (monitored_parameters.rst)
  • Fixed error that CR instead of LF should be used for communication over UART with BMS

In case you encounter problems, please contact us.

The Fraunhofer IISB foxBMS Team