- Microchip Technology’s digital programmable gate driver and SiC power module kit helps designers effectively adopt SiC power devices for quick time to market
- A combination of SiC power module and software-configurable gate driver features enables designers to solve with dynamic electrical issues
To provide greater efficiency in transit modes, the electrification of transportation – from trains, trams, and trolleys to buses, automobiles and EV chargers is continuing at a rapid pace.
Now, Microchip Technology has announced that its AgileSwitch digital programmable gate driver and SP6LI SiC power module kit, an integrated system solution will help designers quickly and effectively adopt disruptive Silicon Carbide (SiC) power devices for quick time to market and field deployment.
The high-performance power module kit quickens the pace of development from evaluation through production, eliminating the need to obtain power modules and gate drivers separately. This helps developers to avoid time-consuming development of their power modules and gate drivers.
The company’s portfolio of 700, 1200 and 1700V SiC Schottky Barrier Diode (SBD)-based power modules utilises a new generation of SiC die. Additionally, the dsPIC® Digital Signal Controllers deliver performance, low power consumption and flexible peripherals. The AgileSwitch family of digital programmable gate drivers further accelerates the process of moving from the design stage to production.
Quick design process
A combination of SiC power module and software-configurable gate driver features present in Augmented Switching™ technology enables designers to work with 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.
The AgileSwitch digital programmable gate driver and SP6LI SiC power module kit provides centralised support for design engineers and ensures that the die, power package and gate driver are designed specifically for each other – eliminating potential developmental delays.
“We listened to developers in providing total system solutions for our microcontrollers and analogue 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.”
The kit includes the AgileSwitch Intelligent Configuration Tool for optimising gate turn-on and turn-off, short circuit response and module efficiency while reducing voltage overshoot, ringing and electromagnetic interference. Microchip’s AgileSwitch digital programmable gate driver and SP6LI SiC power module kit solution is now available for volume production and limited sampling.