Microchip Technology has announced a new, production-ready 1,200-V digital gate driver that provides multiple levels of control and protection.

Microchip Technology has announced a new, production-ready 1,200-V digital gate driver that provides multiple levels of control and protection. The new device complements Microchip’s broad portfolio of discrete products and silicon carbide MOSFET modules to reduce switching losses by up to 50% and accelerate time to market for the transportation market. The new technology enables electric buses and other electronic transportation power systems to meet and exceed stringent environmental conditions while maximizing efficiency.

Rob Weber, product line director for DGD Discrete and Power Management at Microchip, said in an interview with Power Electronics News that after Microchip acquired AgileSwitch, the team set a goal of developing a gate driver IC specifically for SiC with Microchip’s switching technology, all integrated into a new gate driver base board. “Along with this, we are introducing a new version of the configuration software [ICT], the intelligent configuration tool that allows the design to be very easily configured with the gate driver,” said Weber…

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