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Infineon Gate Driver with Truly Differential Input - Review

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Product Performed to Expectations: 10
Specifications were sufficient to design with: 10
Demo Software was of good quality: 6
Product was easy to use: 6
Support materials were available: 10
The price to performance ratio was good: 8
TotalScore: 50 / 60
  • RoadTest: Infineon Gate Driver with Truly Differential Input
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  • Evaluation Type: Development Boards & Tools
  • Was everything in the box required?: Yes
  • Comparable Products/Other parts you considered: Closest Comparison is other Low Side Gate Driver ICs but these do not have the advantages of the Truly Differential Input.

  • Detailed Review:

    Infineon Gate Driver with Truly Differential Inputs - Review (Unfinished)

    The performance of the Differential Gate Driver in an open loop configuration well exceeded my expectations. As my measurements show, there is practically no change in Output Voltage, Inductor current or Bridge Voltage for a wide range of DC Ground Shifts. The change that does occur is significantly less than the accuracy of the measurement system.

     

    What is the Evaluation Board for?

    Infineon's application note describes it rather well, the first section is "recommended reading" for this review:

    https://www.infineon.com/dgdl/Infineon-ApplicationNote_evaluation_board_EVAL_HB_BC_1EDN8550B-AN-v03_00-EN.pdf?fileId=5546d46266a498f50166ef75bd7e183f

     

     

    Modifications to Evaluation Board

    I hand made some little coils of wire to insert into the LeCroy Oscilloscope Probe connectors to allow my Rigol probes to be used for making measurements, these were wrapped in insulating tape to prevent the probe tip shorting to the shield of the connector and installed as a snug fit inside the connector.

     

    Some Coils of Wire in the Oscilloscope probe connectorsSome Insulated Coils of Wire inside Oscilloscope probe connectors

     

    Equipment and Procedure

    I attached two 47 ohm high power resistors to heatsinks using thermally conductive epoxy and used these resistors as dummy loads for the evaluation board. I used a 4 channel oscilloscope with 2 passive voltage probes on X2 (AC GND Shift) and X7 (Bridge Output), a current clamp probe to measure AC inductor current and a differential probe to measure DC Ground Shift. I also used a multimeter to measure the DC voltage output of the evaluation board.

     

    I used a spreadsheet to list the position of the potentiometer, approximate output load, and the output voltage whilst recording the oscilloscope's automated measurements with screenshots saved to a memory stick, I noted in the spreadsheet the number of the image file for each setup. Once I had finished the list of setups, I added the automated measurements into the spreadsheet from the images.

     

    Measurements

     


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