Recom Introduces Unregulated DC-DC Converters for Gate Driver Applications

Recom Introduces Unregulated DC-DC Converters for Gate Driver Applications

Recom has added to its range of low-cost, unregulated DC-DC converters with the RA3 series of 3 W SMD parts which are designed to provide the optimum voltages for semiconductor switch gate drivers. Variants are available with outputs of single 8 V, 9 V, or dual +7/-1 V, +15/-3 V, and +20/-5 V. These values cover the requirements of IGBTs, silicon MOSFETs and the latest silicon carbide MOSFETs and GaN HEMT cells.

The parts have 5.2 kV per minute functional isolation and hold UL/IEC/EN 62368-1, CAN/CSA-C22.2 #62368-1 certification, along with EN 61204-3 compliance. EMI EN 55032 class ‘A’ level is met without extra filtering and class ‘B’ requires just a simple LC filter. The 3 W available suits not only large IGBTs but also other Si, SiC, and GaN devices when switched at high frequency.

Input voltages available are 5 V, 12 V and 24 V with ±10 % tolerance, and efficiency is typically better than 80 %. Isolation capacitance is less than 10 pF for high immunity to the fast, high voltage switching edges seen in high-side drivers, particularly with the wide band-gap technologies of SiC and GaN. Operating temperature range is -40 to 85 °C without derating (80 °C for 1 V, 8 V, and 9 V output parts).

The RA3 series is surface-mount with ‘land grid’ style terminations and has dimensions of just 23.4 x 15 x 8.5 mm, giving 35 % reduction in footprint and 60 % reduction in volume compared with competitor parts. The surface mount format with wide spacings enables the necessary high isolation to be achieved on a customer’s PCB between the DC-DC output pins and other circuitry, with connection to just the top layer.

The enclosed format and wide temperature range of the RA3 series suits harsh environments such as seen in renewable energy, solar inverters, induction heating, telecom, EV battery chargers, and motor drives.

Matthew Dauterive, Product Manager at Recom, comments “We have worked closely with leading manufacturers of wide band-gap devices to ensure that these DC-DCs provide the optimum performance for the latest generations of their products. They are also significantly smaller and require fewer external components than other solutions on the market, making them easier to design in”.

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