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Full silicon carbide MOSFET module solutions at APEC 2021

8th June 2021
Alex Lynn

ON Semiconductor has announced a pair of 1,200V full silicon carbide (SiC) MOSFET 2-PACK modules further enhancing their range of products suitable for the challenging electric vehicle (EV) market.

As sales of EV continue to grow, infrastructure must be rolled-out to meet the needs of drivers, providing a network of rapid charging stations that will allow them to complete their journeys quickly and without ‘range anxiety’. Requirements in this sector are rapidly evolving, requiring power levels in excess of 350kW and efficiencies of 95% becoming the ‘norm’. Given the diverse environments and locations in which these chargers are deployed, compactness, robustness and enhanced reliability are all challenges that designers face.

The new 1,200V M1 full SiC MOSFET 2 pack modules, based upon planar technology and suited to a drive voltage in the range of 18 to 20V, are simple to drive with negative gate voltages. The larger die reduces thermal resistance compared to trench MOSFETs, thereby reducing die temperature at the same operating temperature.

Configured as a 2-PACK half bridge, the NXH010P120MNF is a ten-milliohm device housed in an F1 package while the NXH006P120MNF2 is a six-milliohm device in an F2 package. The packages feature press-fit pins making them suited for industrial applications and an embedded negative temperature coefficient (NTC) thermistor facilitates temperature monitoring.

As part of the ON Semiconductor EV charging ecosystem, the new SiC MOSFET modules have been designed to work alongside driver solutions such as the NCD5700x devices. The recently introduced NCD57252 dual channel isolated IGBT/MOSFET gate driver offers 5kV of galvanic isolation and can be configured for dual low-side, dual high-side or half-bridge operation.

The NCD57252 is housed in a small SOIC-16 wide body package and accepts logic level inputs (3.3, 5 & 15V). The high current device (source 4.0A / sink 6.0A at Miller plateau voltage) is suitable for high-speed operation as typical propagation delays are 60ns.

Complementing the new modules and gate driver are the ON Semiconductor SiC MOSFETs that provide superior switching performance and enhanced thermals when compared to similar silicon devices. This results in improved efficiency, greater power density, improved electromagnetic interference (EMI) and reduced system size and weight.

The recently-announced 650V SiC MOSFETs employ a novel active cell design combined with advanced thin wafer technology enabling a best-in-class figure of merit (FoM) for (RDS(on)*area). Devices in the series such as the NVBG015N065SC1, NTBG015N065SC1, NVH4L015N065SC1 and NTH4L015N065SC offer the lowest RDS(on) in the market for D2PAK7L / TO247 packaged MOSFETs.

The 1,200V and 900V N-channel SiC MOSFETs feature a small chip size that reduces device capacitance and gate charge (Qg – as low as 220 nC), reducing switching losses when operating at the high frequencies demanded by EV chargers.

During APEC 2021, ON Semiconductor will showcase SiC solution for industrial applications as well as presenting exhibitor seminars about the company’s solutions for off-board EV-charging. To register as a visitor to APEC 2021, click here.

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