Compact half-bridge gate driver family targets applications with a blocking voltage of 600 V
May 08, 2013 // Paul Buckley
Infineon Technologies AG will be unveiling the 2EDL EiceDRIVER Compact half-bridge gate driver at PCIM 2013. The device is targeting applications with a blocking voltage of 600 V.
Equipped with a fast bootstrap diode and resistor, the components enable high efficiency in a compact construction. This makes them ideal for space-saving installations in consumer electronics as well as household appliances. They can also be used in fans, pumps, engines and forklifts. This family of driver ICs, designed for use with power semiconductors such as in the newest CoolMOS generation, exhibit improved switching behavior which reduces energy loss in a multitude of power applications.
“With the introduction of the Compact products, we can offer an in-depth driver IC program that differentiates by application as well functionality. The EiceDriver Compact is aimed directly at the mass market in consumer as well as industrial areas,” said Oliver Hellmund, responsible for marketing the EiceDRIVER at Infineon. Depending on current strength and packaging, the price per component ranges from €0.31 to €0.61 for orders of 10,000 units. Along with the Compact class, the EiceDRIVER family also includes the EiceDRIVER Safe, which is designed exclusively to meet high demand on security and reliability in the industrial market. The EiceDRIVER Enhanced class offers improved functionality in the industrial and, to a degree, the consumer markets.
The seven devices in the new2EDL EiceDriver Compact class are designed for use with IGBTs as well as with MOSFETs. They are available in DSO-8 and DSO-14 packages. The output current for the new devices is set to 0.5 or 2.3 amps. With the integrated low-resistance and very fast bootstrap diode, the 2EDL EiceDRIVER sets new standards in the market of driver ICs with more than two amp output current strength. The bandwidth of the EiceDRIVER range enables a variety of applications. Driver ICs in the DSO-14 assembly also have extended creepage. This means they meet requirements for higher protection classes and can even be used in industrial applications.
The level-shift in the new EiceDRIVER Compact series is based on Silicon-on-Insulator technology. This places the active transistor layer on the top of an insulator, which results in outstanding robustness against latch-up effects when the component is exposed to extreme temperature and voltage conditions. In a latch-up effect, a semiconductor enters an uncontrolled low-resistance state. This can lead to a short circuit or thermal overload and destroy the component. In addition, the coreless transformer technology introduced by Infineon will also be available for the new Compact class. This makes faster switching operations possible without any loss of performance.
Samples of the 2EDL EiceDRIVER Compact class are in stock; a corresponding customer evaluation board can be ordered now and will be available within the next few weeks. Products can be ordered starting in August 2013.
Infineon will present the new 2EDL EiceDRIVER from May 14 until 16, 2013 at the PCIM trade show in Nuremberg in hall 9, booth 311.
More information about Infineon's driver IC family at www.infineon.com/eicedriver
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