High-voltage SiC-based power modules simplify and speed system integration

23-02-2024 | Microchip Technology | Power

Microchip Technology has introduced the 3.3kV XIFM plug-and-play mSiC gate driver with patented Augmented Switching technology, designed to work out-of-the-box with preconfigured module settings to reduce design and evaluation time significantly.

To speed up time to market, the complex development work of designing, testing and qualifying a gate driver circuit design is already completed with this plug-and-play solution. The XIFM digital gate driver is a compact solution with digital control, an integrated power supply and a robust fibre-optic interface that enhances noise immunity. This gate driver has preconfigured 'turn-on/off' gate drive profiles tailored to optimise module performance.

It includes 10.2kV primary-to-secondary reinforced isolation with built-in monitoring and protection functions, including temperature and DC link monitoring, UVLO, OVLO, DESAT and NTC. This gate driver also complies with EN 50155, a key specification for railway applications.

"As the silicon carbide market continues to grow and push the boundaries of higher voltage, Microchip makes it easier for power system developers to adopt wide-bandgap technology with turnkey solutions like our 3.3kV plug-and-play mSiC gate driver," said Clayton Pillion, vice president of Microchip's silicon carbide business unit. "By having the gate drive circuitry preconfigured, this solution can reduce design cycle time by up to 50% compared to a traditional analog solution."

With over 20 years of experience in developing, designing, manufacturing and supporting SiC devices and power solutions, the company helps customers adopt SiC easily, quickly and confidently. Microchip's mSiC products include SiC MOSFETs, diodes and gate drivers with standard, modified and custom options.


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