Cree owned Silicon Carbide power semiconductor maker Wolfspeed has expanded its innovative C3M platform through the introduction of a 1200V, 75 Milli ohms MOSFET in its recently released low-inductance discrete packaging helping powersupply design engineers to achieve 99 percent efficiency levels in three-phase power factor correction circuits.
Wolfspeed said this MOSFET enables designers of applications such as telecom power supplies, elevators, grid-tied storage, on and offboard EV charging, as well as factory automation to increase switching frequency while maintaining efficiency, decreasing system size and bill of materials.
“We are very encouraged about the new SiC products being introduced in new innovative discrete packaging,” said Kurt Goepfrich, a Siemens hardware architect. “These new package options, such as the surface-mount 7L D2PAK, allow us to explore new topologies not possible with existing products available on the market today.”
Wolfspeed claims this device achieves the industry’s lowest figure-of-merit for any SiC MOSFET at 1200V. Wolfspeed has released this device in a 4L TO-247 package and plans to release it in a 7L D2PAK in the coming weeks.
“SiC MOSFETs have proven to be beneficial for many high-power applications connected to a battery simply due to the improved efficiency.” explains John Palmour, Wolfspeed’s CTO. “In the case where power is bidirectional, such as grid-connected AC-DC, the potential cost savings are significantly increased due to the reduction in the size of the input filter.”
Wolfspeed’sC3M planar MOSFET technology offers on-resistance (75mohms), low gate charge, supporting three-phase, bridgeless PFC topologies as well as AC-AC converter and charger designs.
4L TO247 package delivers a 3x reduction in total switching losses compared to a conventional TO-247-3 package, as per Wolfspeed.
Further on the package Wolfspeed says "The 7L D2PAK surface-mount package, specifically designed for high-voltage MOSFETs, practically eliminates the source inductance found in other packages and has a footprint 52 percent smaller than D3PAKs. This is made possible by the small die size and high-blocking capability of C3M planar MOS technology."
"Designers can reduce component-count by moving from silicon-based, three-level topologies to simpler two-level topologies made possible by the improved switching performance. These higher voltage SiC MOSFETs solve many of the limitations of silicon super-junction MOSFETs that make them impractical to use in two-level topologies. SiC has significantly lower output capacitance nonlinearity, making it possible to reduce the dead-time thereby minimizing total harmonic distortion at higher switching frequencies." suggest Wolfspeed.
Availability: The new 1200V, 75 mOhm MOSFET is available in a through-hole, 4L TO247 package and is listed as part number C3M0075120K. The surface-mount version of this device, C3M0075120J, will be released in the coming weeks. Like the 4L-TO247, the surface-mount devices include a Kelvin-source pin to help minimize gate-ringing and reduce system losses.