Aerospace and Defense GaN Application

Motor Drive

Motor Drive for Satellite Reaction Wheels and Robotics
GaN Reduces Size and Weight, Reduces Audible Noise, Enables Cooler Operation

Ruggedized high-precision brushless DC motors are critical for the myriad of robotics and automated instrumentation used in space missions. GaN power devices and solutions provide the small size, light weight, and precision control that brushless DC (BLDC) motors require and can withstand the harsh environment.

Reaction wheels are a critical component for satellites as it enables them to stay orientated and reposition while in orbit. The reaction wheel operates by controlling the rotational speed of the electric motor attached to the flywheel. The wide band-gap characteristics of GaN power devices allow them to have much higher switching frequencies with considerably lower switching losses providing the small size, light weight, and precision control needed to drive miniaturized reaction wheels used by small CubeSats.

GaN Aerospace and Defense Motor Drive

Reference Designs

Motor Drive Reference Designs

Part
Number
Description VIN IPhase
(ARMS)
fSW
(kHz)
Featured Product
EPC9146 Demonstration Board
EPC9146 400 W Motor Drive Demo 14 - 60 10 20 - 200 EPC2152 Buy Now
EPC9167 Demonstration Board
EPC9167 20 ARMS 3-Phase BLDC Motor Drive Reference Design Board 14 - 60 20 20 - 250 EPC2065 Buy Now
EPC9145 Demonstration Board
EPC9145 1 kW Motor Drive Demo 14 - 60 25 20 - 250 EPC2206 Buy Now
EPC9167 Demonstration Board
EPC9167HC 30 ARMS 3-Phase BLDC Motor Drive Reference Design Board 14 - 60 30 20 - 250 EPC2065 Buy Now

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Products

Recommended Devices for Aerospace and Defense Motor Drive

Part Number Status Configuration VDS
max
VGS
max
max
RDS(on)
(mΩ)
@5VGS
QG
typ
(nC)
QGS
typ
(nC)
QGD
typ
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QOSS
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ID (A) Pulsed ID
(A)
Package
(mm)
EPC2067 Preferred Single 40 6 1.55 17.1 5.3 2 37 69 409 LGA 3.25 x 2.85 Buy Now
EPC7019 Engr Single Rad Hard 40 6 1.5 23 7.6 3.4 51 95 530 LGA 6.05 x 2.3 Contact EPC
EPC2066 Preferred Single 40 6 1.1 25 8.9 3.2 59 90 639 LGA 6.05 x 2.3 Buy Now
EPC2102 Preferred Half Bridge 60 6 4.9 8 2.5 1.5 26 30 220 BGA 6.05 x 2.3 Buy Now
EPC2102 Preferred Half Bridge 60 6 4.9 8 2.5 1.5 31 30 220 BGA 6.05 x 2.3 Buy Now
EPC2214 Active Single AEC 80 6 20 1.8 0.5 0.3 8 10 47 BGA 1.35 x 1.35 Buy Now
EPC2152 Engr Half Bridge ePower™ Stage 80 15 90 LGA 3.9 x 2.6 Buy Now
EPC2103 Preferred Half Bridge 80 6 5.5 6.5 2.2 1.1 30 30 195 BGA 6.05 x 2.3 Buy Now
EPC2103 Preferred Half Bridge 80 6 5.5 6.5 2.2 1.1 34 30 195 BGA 6.05 x 2.3 Buy Now
EPC2206 Preferred Single AEC 80 6 2.2 15 4.1 3 72 90 390 LGA 6.05 x 2.3 Buy Now
EPC2106 Preferred Half Bridge 100 6 70 0.73 0.24 0.14 3.96 1.7 18 BGA 1.35 x 1.35 Buy Now
EPC2106 Preferred Half Bridge 100 6 70 0.73 0.24 0.14 4.68 1.7 18 BGA 1.35 x 1.35 Buy Now
EPC2212 Preferred Single AEC 100 6 13.5 3.2 0.9 0.6 18 18 75 LGA 2.1 x 1.6 Buy Now
EPC2104 Preferred Half Bridge 100 6 6.8 6.8 2.3 1.4 35 30 180 BGA 6.05 x 2.3 Buy Now
EPC2104 Preferred Half Bridge 100 6 6.8 6.8 2.3 1.4 41 30 180 BGA 6.05 x 2.3 Buy Now
EPC2204 Preferred Single 100 6 6 5.7 1.8 0.8 25 29 125 LGA 2.5 x 1.5 Buy Now
EPC2306 Engr Single 100 6 3.8 11 4.1 1.1 41 48 197 QFN 3 x 5 Buy Now
EPC7018 Engr Single Rad Hard 100 6 3.9 15.2 4 2.6 77 90 345 LGA 6.05 x 2.3 Contact EPC
EPC23101 Engr Half Bridge ePower™ Chipset 100 6 3.3 50 65 240 QFN 3.5 x 5 Buy Now
EPC2218 Preferred Single 100 6 3.2 10.5 3.2 1.5 46 60 231 LGA 3.5 x 1.95 Buy Now
EPC2302 Preferred Single 100 6 1.8 23 8.9 2.3 85 101 408 QFN 3 x 5 Buy Now
EPC2207 Preferred Single 200 6 22 4.5 1.3 0.7 23 14 54 LGA 2.8 x 0.925 Buy Now
EPC2215 Preferred Single 200 6 8 13.6 3.3 2.1 69 32 162 LGA 4.6 x 1.6 Buy Now
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