Analogue, Mixed Signal, LSI


Low inductance SiC power module gate driver kit

23 September 2020 Analogue, Mixed Signal, LSI

The transformation to electrify transportation – from trains, trams and trolleys to buses, automobiles and EV chargers – continues at a rapid pace, as countries shift toward improved modes of transit with greater efficiency and innovative technology. Microchip has announced its AgileSwitch digital programmable gate driver and SP6LI SiC power module kit, a unified system solution to help designers quickly and effectively adopt disruptive silicon carbide (SiC) power devices – reducing time to market and ensuring confidence in field deployment.

Microchip’s AgileSwitch digital programmable gate driver and SP6LI SiC power module kit speeds development from evaluation through production, eliminating the need to procure power modules and gate drivers separately – including gate drivers that are qualified for end-product production. With Microchip’s AgileSwitch gate drivers and proven, high-performance SiC power modules, developers can avoid qualifying power modules and spending time to develop their own gate drivers, which can save months in development schedules.

“We listened to developers in providing total system solutions for our microcontrollers and analog products,” said Leon Gross, vice president of Microchip’s Discrete Product Group business unit. “Now as SiC power modules increasingly enable the technologies transforming transportation and other industries, this complete product kit allows developers to focus on innovation and significantly reduce time to market.”

Microchip’s flexible portfolio of 700, 1200 and 1700 V SiC Schottky Barrier Diode (SBD)-based power modules utilses its newest generation of SiC die. In addition, its dsPIC digital signal controllers deliver performance, low power consumption and flexible peripherals. Microchip’s AgileSwitch family of digital programmable gate drivers further accelerates the process of moving from the design stage to production.

The combination of SiC power module and software-configurable gate driver features Augmented Switching technology that enables designers to influence dynamic issues including voltage overshoot, switching losses and electromagnetic interference. Using a Windows-based computer interface, this configure-at-a-click method may be used throughout the design process, from expediting early evaluation to simplifying final optimisation using a computer mouse instead of a soldering iron.

Microchip’s AgileSwitch digital programmable gate driver and SP6LI SiC power module kit provides design engineers with a central point of contact for support and ensures that the die, power package and gate driver are designed specifically for each other – eliminating potential development delays.

The kit includes the AgileSwitch Intelligent Configuration Tool that optimises gate turn-on and turn-off, short circuit response and module efficiency while reducing voltage overshoot, ringing and electromagnetic interference.

For more information contact Andrew Athanasiou, Altron Arrow, +27 11 923 9600, aathanasiou@arrow.altech.co.za, www.altronarrow.com


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