Motor Drive
GaN Reduces Size and Weight, Reduces Audible Noise, Enables Precision Control

Brushless DC (BLDC) motors find extensive use in industrial sectors, including robotics, e-mobility, and unmanned aerial vehicles (drones). Leveraging the compact design, thermal efficiency, and high-frequency switching capabilities of GaN FETs and ICs, these motor drives achieve unparalleled compactness, precision, and reduced noise levels.

Key Advantages of GaN-Based Motor Drives:

  • Optimized Efficiency: Minimal dead times contribute to exceptional motor and inverter system efficiency, extending operational range.
  • Acoustic Noise Reduction: GaN's lower distortion levels result in quieter operation, ideal for noise-sensitive environments.
  • Enhanced Precision: Reduced current and torque ripple contribute to greater motor control accuracy.
  • Compact and Powerful: The lightweight and small footprint of GaN solutions facilitates their integration into the motor housing, supporting motors with low inductance and high power density.

Configured for high-frequency operation, GaN technology allows for a significant reduction in the number of input filter capacitors. This can eliminate the need for electrolytic capacitors on the board, resulting in cost savings, space optimization, and increased reliability.
 

GaN Industrial Motor Drive

Reference Designs

Motor Drive Reference Designs

  Part
Number
Description VIN IPhase
(ARMS)
fSW
(kHz)
Featured Product  
EPC9176 Demonstration Board
EPC9176 20 ARMS 3-Phase BLDC Motor Drive Reference Design Board 14 - 65 20 20 - 250 EPC2619 Buy Now
EPC9193 Demonstration Board
EPC9193 20 ARMS 3-Phase BLDC Motor Drive Reference Design Board 14 - 65 20 50 - 250 EPC2619 Buy Now
EPC9193HC Demonstration Board
EPC9193HC 40 ARMS 3-Phase BLDC Motor Drive Reference Design Board 14 - 65 40 50 - 250 EPC2619 Buy Now
EPC9194 Demonstration Board
EPC9194 40 ARMS 3-Phase BLDC Motor Drive Reference Design Board 14 - 65 40 20 - 250 EPC2302 Buy Now
EPC9173 Demonstration Board
EPC9173 35 ARMS 3-Phase BLDC Motor Drive Reference Design Board 20 - 85 35 20 - 250 EPC23101 Buy Now
EPC9186 Demonstration Board
EPC9186 150 ARMS 3-Phase BLDC Motor Drive Reference Design Board 14 - 60 150 20 - 120 EPC2302 Buy Now

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Products

Recommended GaN Devices for Industrial Motor Drive

Part Number Status Configuration VDS
max
VGS
max
max
RDS(on)
(mΩ)
@5VGS
QG
typ
(nC)
QGS
typ
(nC)
QGD
typ
(nC)
QOSS
typ
(nC)
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
EPC2066 Preferred Single 40 6 1.1 25 8.9 3.2 59 90 639 LGA 6.05 x 2.3 Buy Now
EPC2057 Preferred Single 50 6 8.5 3 1.2 0.5 7.9 9.6 66 LGA 1.5x1.2 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
EPC2252 Preferred Single AEC 80 6 11 3.5 1 0.5 15 8.2 75 BGA 1.5x1.5 Buy Now
EPC2204A Preferred Single AEC 80 6 6 5.7 1.8 0.8 25 29 125 LGA 2.5 x 1.5 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
EPC2065 Preferred Single 80 6 3.6 9.4 2.6 1.7 33 60 215 LGA 3.5 x 1.95 Buy Now
EPC2218A Preferred Single AEC 80 6 3.2 10.5 3.2 1.5 46 60 231 LGA 3.5 x 1.95 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
EPC2070 Preferred Single 100 6 23 1.9 0.6 0.2 6 1.7 34 BGA 0.85 x 1.3 Buy Now
EPC23104 Engr Half Bridge ePower™ Stage 100 6 11 15 15 QFN 3.5 x 5 Buy Now
EPC23104 Engr Half Bridge ePower™ Stage 100 6 11 16.6 15 78 QFN 3.5 x 5 Buy Now
EPC2044 Preferred Single 100 6 10.5 4.3 1.3 0.5 15 9.4 89 BGA 2.15 x 1.25 Buy Now
EPC23103 Engr Half Bridge ePower™ Stage 100 6 7.6 21 25 109 QFN 3.5 x 5 Buy Now
EPC23103 Engr Half Bridge ePower™ Stage 100 6 7.6 22.95 25 109 QFN 3.5 x 5 Buy Now
EPC23102 Engr Half Bridge ePower™ Stage 100 6.6 28 35 QFN 3.5 x 5 Buy Now
EPC23102 Engr Half Bridge ePower™ Stage 100 6.6 28 35 QFN 3.5 x 5 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
EPC2619 Preferred Single 100 6 4.2 8.5 2.2 1 27 29 164 LGA 2.5 x 1.5 Buy Now
EPC23101 Engr Half Bridge ePower™ Chipset 100 6 3.3 50 65 240 QFN 3.5 x 5 Buy Now
EPC2306 Engr Single 100 6 3.1 12.3 4.3 1.1 44 48 197 QFN 3 x 5 Buy Now
EPC2088 Preferred Single 100 6 3.2 12.5 4.4 1.4 47 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
EPC2308 Engr Single 150 6 6 10.6 3.8 1.4 50 48 157 QFN 3 x 5 Buy Now
EPC2305 Preferred Single 150 6 3 22 6.6 2.1 103 102 329 QFN 3 x 5 Buy Now
EPC2234 Preferred Single AEC 160 5.5 8 11.1 3.8 2 96 48 213 BGA 4.6 x 2.6 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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