MOSFET Gate Driver ICs provide high-voltage motor control.

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Designed for hybrid, electric vehicle, and 48 V automotive battery systems, Series A4900 provides 6 gate drives capable of driving wide range of N-channel IGBT or power MOSFET switches. Gate drives are configured as 3 high-voltage, high-side units and 3 low-side models. Isolated up to 600 V, high-side drives operate with high bridge supply voltages. Internal monitors ensure that gate-source voltage of both high-side and low-side external FET is above 9 V when active.



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Allegro MicroSystems, LLC Announces a New High-Voltage (600 V) BLDC MOSFET Gate Driver IC



Designed for Hybrid, Electric Vehicle and 48 V Applications



Worcester, MA — Allegro MicroSystems, LLC announces the release of a new high-voltage (600 V), BLDC MOSFET gate driver IC.  This new device is designed for high voltage motor control for Hybrid, Electric Vehicle and 48 V automotive battery systems such as electronic power steering, A/C compressors, fans, pumps and blowers. The A4900 will also be offered in a non-automotive version for high voltage industrial and commercial applications.



Allegro’s A4900 provides six gate drives capable of driving a wide range of N-channel IGBT or power MOSFET switches. The gate drives are configured as three high-voltage high-side drives and three low-side drives. The high-side drives are isolated up to 600 V to allow operation with high bridge (motor) supply voltages. Highside drives use a bootstrap capacitor to provide greater than the supply gate drive voltage needed for N-channel FET’s.  Each FET can be controlled with a TTL logic level input compatible with 3.3 V or 5 V logic systems.



A single supply input provides the gate drive supply and the bootstrap capacitor charge source.  An internal regulator from the single supply provides the lower internal voltage for the logic circuit. The A4900 provides internal monitors to ensure that the gate-source voltage of both high-side and low-side external FET above 9 V when active.



The control inputs to the A4900 provide a very flexible solution for many motor control applications. Each driver can be driven with an independent PWM signal allowing implementation of all motor excitation methods including trapezoidal and sinusoidal drive.  Integrated diagnostics provide indication of under voltage, over temperature and power bridge faults that can be configured to protect the power switches under most short circuit conditions. Detailed diagnostics are available as a serial data word.



The A4900KLQTR-T is supplied in a 44 lead QSOP (suffix ‘LQ’) package and is priced at $3.23 in quantities of 1,000.



Allegro MicroSystems, LLC is a leader in developing, manufacturing and marketing high-performance semiconductors. Allegro's innovative solutions serve high-growth applications within the automotive market, with additional focus on office automation, industrial, and consumer/communications solutions. Allegro is headquartered in Worcester, Massachusetts (USA) with design, applications, and sales support centers located worldwide. Further information about Allegro can be found at www.allegromicro.com.



Contact information: Stephanie Fennelley, Allegro MicroSystems, P.O. BOX 15036, Worcester, MA 16150036

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