Isolated Gate Drivers

Analog Devices small form factor isolated gate drivers are designed for the higher switching speeds and system size constraints required by power switch technologies such as SiC (silicon carbide) and GaN (gallium nitride), while still providing reliable control over switching characteristics for IGBT (insulated gate bipolar transistor) and MOSFET (metal oxide semiconductor field effect transistor) configurations for high-side and low-side switches. These isolated gate drivers leverage ADI’s proven iCoupler isolation technology combined with high speed CMOS and monolithic transformer technology to enable ultralow propagation delay without sacrificing common-mode transient immunity (CMTI) performance. High pulse fidelity architecture enables motor power efficiency to meet new required efficiency levels, and superior timing performance stability reduces voltage distortion, as well as harmonic and output power content on solar inverters.
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Safety and Regulatory Compliance Information

The iCoupler family of digital isolation products have been tested and approved by various regulatory agencies, including UL, CSA, VDE, TÜV, CQC, ATEX and IECEx. This table summarizes the achieved ratings for each product and includes links to copies of the actual safety certificates.

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Existing Solutions Limitations ...
Optocoupler Gate Driver Solution Limitations
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  • Poor Timing Performance
    • Requires longer dead-time effecting overall efficiency
    • Long propagation delays ≥350ns
    • Part-to-part variation ≥200ns
    • Difference between rise and fall times ≥100ns
  • LED Wearout
    • Limits the lifetime to <10 years of operation at high temperature
    • Most rated for operation to 85°C
 
 High Voltage Gate Driver Solution Limitations
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  • Latch-Up When Glitches Go
    Beyond the Supply Voltage
    • Rely on junction isolation which
      can breakdown and cause latch-up
    • Latch-up related shoot through
      best avoided with galvanic isolation
ADI's Solution ...
iCoupler Isolated Gate Drivers Overcome the Limitations of Optocoupler- and High Voltage-based Gate Drivers
 

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  • Small Single Package Solution
  • Fastest timing enables higher switching speeds for higher power densities
    and better efficiency in AC/DC converters, DC/DC converters, inverters, 
    motor control
  • Standard CMOS enables high-reliability at low cost
  • Balanced push-pull output stage simplifies gate driving
  • True galvanic isolation between outputs seperates high and low side minimizing cross conduction




  • Latch-Up When Glitches Go 
    Beyond the Supply Voltage
    • Rely on junction isolation which
      can breakdown and cause latch-up
    • Latch-up related shoot through
      best avoided with galvanic isolation 
  • Latch-Up When Glitches Go 
    Beyond the Supply Voltage
    • Rely on junction isolation which
      can breakdown and cause latch-up
    • Latch-up related shoot through
      best avoided with galvanic isolation 
  • Latch-Up When Glitches Go 
    Beyond the Supply Voltage
    • Rely on junction isolation which
      can breakdown and cause latch-up
    • Latch-up related shoot through
      best avoided with galvanic isolation