MOSFET Pre-driver suits high temperature automotive systems.

Press Release Summary:

Model A3941 automotive grade MOSFET pre-driver IC is developed for industrial systems utilizing 24 V battery. Capable of driving 4 external N-Channel MOSFETs in full-bridge configuration, it is used in brush dc motor drive applications where high-currents in combination with high ambient temperatures require use of external MOSFETs. IC is rated over full automotive temperature range of -40 to 150°C and full battery supply range of 7-50 V.

Original Press Release:

Allegro Microsystems, Inc. Announces a New Automotive Grade Full Bridge MOSFET Predriver IC

Designed for High-Temperature Automotive Systems

Worcester, MA - May 28, 2008 - Allegro MicroSystems, Inc. announces a new H-bridge device to complement their existing line of automotive grade MOSFET pre-driver ICs. Allegro's new device is designed in the latest generation BCD process and includes enhanced features, which make the A3941 an ideal choice for high-temperature automotive systems and industrial systems utilizing a 24-volt battery. Significant improvements have been made to the fault diagnostics, input logic flexibility and bootstrap charge management.

An area of considerable focus in the automotive market is finding new technologies to replace belt-driven and hydraulic actuators with more efficient systems. Most belt-driven actuators provide a loss to system efficiency even when not in use. Eliminating this older technology is made possible by the adoption of full electronic systems, which utilize various electric motor technologies to replace the belt driven actuators.

Allegro's A3941 is designed to fit the emerging needs of this market and is capable of driving four external N-Channel MOSFETs in a full-bridge configuration. It is typically used in brush DC motor drive applications where high-currents in combination with high ambient temperatures require the use of external MOSFETs. This new device is designed with high-temperature automotive applications in mind and is rated over the full automotive temp range (-40°C to +150°C junction temp) and the full battery supply range of 7 V to 50 V.

Allegro's new device is priced at $1.95 in quantities of 1,000 and has a 12-week typical lead-time to market.

About Allegro

Allegro MicroSystems, Inc. is leader in developing, manufacturing and marketing high-performance power integrated circuits and integrated Hall-effect magnetic sensors. Allegro's innovative solutions serve high-growth applications within the automotive, communications, computer/office automation, consumer and industrial markets. Allegro is headquartered in Worchester, Massachusetts (USA) with design and applications center located in North and South America, Asia, and Europe. Further information about Allegro can be found at .

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