Skyworks introduced the Si828x gate driver board (GDB), 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 GDB kit from Skyworks replaces frequently complex gate driver board layouts, simplifying design and enabling increased integration over competing designs for automotive applications.
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 impairment.