DC-DC Converters provide perfect power for high-performance SiC gate drivers

07-11-2017 | Dengrove | Power

Dengrove Electronic Components are helping engineers working with SiC MOSFETs overcome design challenges and increase system reliability with its latest DC-DC converters, which are designed specifically for powering high-slew-rate gate drivers.

SiC MOSFETs are increasingly chosen for the inverters of wind-turbine or solar power-conditioning systems, or variable-speed motor drives in appliances and machine tools, to boost efficiency and reliability. The new RECOM RxxP21503D DC-DC converters, now in stock at Dengrove, provide the asymmetric output voltages needed by gate drivers to generate the correct turn-on/turn-off signals for these robust and energy-efficient power switches. They also have very high isolation voltage of 6.4kVDC, with low isolation capacitance, to maintain performance and safety when exposed to the fast switching transients and elevated operating temperatures encountered in systems designed with SiC devices.

Coming in a compact SIP7 package, the converters complement SiC’s ability to shrink circuit footprint by producing small-size transistors with high breakdown voltage and low on-resistance (RDS(ON)). R12P21503D, R15P21503D and R24P21503D variants are available, to operate from a 12V, 15V or 24V supply, and output +15V and -3V for powering gate drivers. Automatic power sharing allows use with equal-power (1W + 1W) or equal-current (1.6W + 0.4W) driver types.

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