Fairchild Semiconductor's gate drivers enable improved fuel efficiency in automotive applications

Microelectronics International

ISSN: 1356-5362

Article publication date: 31 July 2009



(2009), "Fairchild Semiconductor's gate drivers enable improved fuel efficiency in automotive applications", Microelectronics International, Vol. 26 No. 3. https://doi.org/10.1108/mi.2009.21826cad.009



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Fairchild Semiconductor's gate drivers enable improved fuel efficiency in automotive applications

Article Type: New products From: Microelectronics International, Volume 26, Issue 3

Fairchild Semiconductor now brings designers a series of gate drivers that improve power consumption, noise immunity and transient voltage performance in automotive applications. The FAN708x series can increase fuel efficiency by enabling engineers to develop more accurate and precise fuel injection control systems under all operating conditions. These gate drivers drive MOSFETs and IGBTs in high side and bridge driver applications such as direct fuel injection systems and motor controls. They offer less than half the quiescent power consumption compared to alternative devices on the market (100 μA versus 240 μA quiescent current), allowing designers to optimize systems and extend the operating range. These products offer the industry's highest transient voltage performance – double that of alternative products. This makes the system design more immune to noise issues, allowing reliable, precise control of MOSFETs or IGBTs even under the harshest operating conditions.

The FAN708x products meet the industry's highest reliability requirements and are qualified according to the AEC-Q100 standard. These gate drivers are designed to handle negative voltage swings, making them more resilient to driver stage latch up. The FAN708x series of products are highly integrated gate drivers, eliminating between ten and fifteen discrete components and providing automotive designers a 40 percent space savings.

Fairchild's energy-efficient solutions for the automotive electronics market offer unique capabilities in advanced process and packaging technologies, as well as the ability to integrate power analog, power discrete and optoelectronic functionality into innovative packaging. Fairchild offers the industry's most comprehensive portfolio of products, from 1 to >1,200 W, to maximize energy efficiency in today's automotive electronic applications such as power management, body control, motor control, ignition and engine management, and electric and hybrid electric vehicle systems.

For further information, please visit the web site: www.fairchildsemi.com

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