New GDB Kit from Skyworks Enables Higher Efficiency for Automotive and Industrial
Applications Skyworks Introduces Isolated Gate Driver Reference Design for Silicon
Carbide FET Power Modules In Electric Vehicle and Industrial Applications at Electronica
Nov. 15, 2022 - Skyworks Solutions, Inc. is introducing an
isolated gate driver reference design that operates with Wolfspeed's Silicon Carbide
(SiC) Field Effect Transistor (FET) power modules With the growing adoption
of SiC for power conversion and inverter applications - fueled by consumer demand
for greater range, faster charging and more efficient propulsion for electric vehicles
(EVs) - there is an increasing need for gate drivers that are optimized for SiC
FETs. The new
Si828x gate driver board (GDB) kit from Skyworks simplifies design and enables
increased integration for automotive applications by replacing competing designs
with more complex gate driver board layouts.
Si828x gate driver board (GDB) kit.
What: Designed and tested for Wolfspeed XM3 SiC FET modules
and instantiated on an evaluation board, the Skyworks Si828x GDB kit keeps high
voltage/high current SiC modules from overload and circuit damage. It is one of
the leading industry products for protection of these modules from fault-related
The Si828x GDB with Wolfspeed XM3 solution meets the needs of the market by:
- Simplifying automotive traction inverter design for high-growth EV markets by
providing a complete, high power-capable reference design.
- Allowing design engineers to easily implement the power switching stage of their
systems and providing extensive pre-testing with supporting documentation of Skyworks
isolated gate drivers and Wolfspeed's SiC FETs.
- Enabling a system that can survive and operate well under extreme short-circuit
conditions, by combining the Si828x's robust short-circuit protection feature with
the rugged SiC XM3 module.
Together, the Skyworks GDB and Wolfspeed XM3 solution is well-suited for fast
charging and power conversion applications, EV drivetrains, as well as drive motors
and uninterruptable power supplies for industrial environments.
When: Nov. 15-18, 2022
Where: Electronica Fair Stand B5-138 in Munich, Germany Customers
can purchase the Si828x-AAWB-KIT gate driver board kit in small numbers via Skyworks
distribution partners, Arrow, Digikey and Mouser.
Who: "We are excited about this continued partnership," said
Mark Thompson, senior vice president of Mixed Signal Solutions at Skyworks. "Our
Si828x gate drivers were originally tested with Wolfspeed SiC MOSFETs. Now, in adding
the GDB board, we have a complete tried-and-true solution for the market." "We have
teamed up with Skyworks to validate their gate driver board that pairs with our
XM3 SiC FET power modules. The Si828x gate driver board is very robust for protecting
the power module during a short circuit event, detecting the load fault and shutting
off the XM3 in less than one microsecond," said Austin Curbow, manager of the Applications &
Systems Team for Power Modules at Wolfspeed. "Further, its robust 15 Amp source
and sink capability maximizes switching speed, minimizing switching losses and increasing
Skyworks Solutions, Inc. is empowering the wireless networking revolution. Our
highly innovative analog and mixed signal semiconductors are connecting people,
places and things spanning a number of new and previously unimagined applications
within the aerospace, automotive, broadband, cellular infrastructure, connected
home, entertainment and gaming, industrial, medical, defense, smartphone, tablet
and wearable markets.
Skyworks is a global company with engineering, marketing, operations, sales and
support facilities located throughout Asia, Europe and North America and is a member
of the S&P 500® and Nasdaq-100® market indices (Nasdaq: SWKS). For more information,
please visit Skyworks' website at: www.skyworksinc.com.
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Posted November 18, 2022