Next generation gate drivers with new protection and soft shutdown features that enable the design of more robust IGBT power stages, the 600V IR2137 and 1200V IR2237 are pin-for-pin and functionally equivalent devices for use with 230 and 460 vac motor drives rated up to 5 HP or 3.75 kW. This new generation of devices replace the 600V IR2133 and 1200V IR2233 gate driver ICs that are widely used for ac drives. With de-sat detection at the high-side gate drive locally to sense short-circuit conditions, the new devices protect IGBTs from mis-wiring or motor-phase insulation breakdowns that can cause line-to-line shorts or ground faults. Furthermore, a soft shutdown synchronized for all three phases provides turn-off characteristics that avoid excessive transient overvoltage spikes due to fast short-circuit current turn-off.
Company: INTERNATIONAL RECTIFIER CORP. (IR)
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