Tuesday, February 26, 2013

TI gate drivers target IGBT and SiC FET designs

USA: Texas Instruments Inc. (TI) introduced the industry's first 35-V, single-channel, output stage power management gate drivers for insulated-gate bipolar transistors (IGBTs) and silicon carbide (SiC) FETs.

TI's new UCC27531 and UCC27532 output stage gate drivers with split output provide the most efficient output drive capability, shortest propagation delay and increased system protection for isolated power designs, such as solar DC/AC inverters, uninterruptible power supplies and electric vehicle charging.

Today's renewable energy applications require power components that safely deliver more power with greater efficiency. Designers prefer to use IGBTs or the latest SiC FETs that achieve lower power loss at greater than 400 V. Those devices also have standoff voltages up to 1,200 volts, and offer lower ON resistance than equivalent MOSFETs.

They are often managed by a TI microcontroller or dedicated digital power controller, such as the UCD3138. Next-generation IGBT- and SiC FET-based designs also require both power and signal isolation from the noisy switching environment of the power stage.

The UCC27531 and UCC27532 prevent the digital controllers from operating too close to the power circuitry, extending the lifetime of isolated power designs.

Key features and benefits of the UCC27531:
* Strong output drive capability: Peak current of 2.5A source and 5A sink allows fast charging of IGBTs and ensures reliable and efficient operation.
* Fastest propagation time: 17 ns typical delay improves driver efficiency.
* High reliability: UVLO settings and rail-to-rail output voltage provide system protection.
* Handles noisy environments: Negative input voltage handling allows the driver to support many industrial designs.
* System protection: Split-output configuration improves Miller turn-on immunity and prevents damage of IGBT/MOSFET.

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