Growing ecosystem for GaN Power Conversion at EPC

Gallium Nitride (GaN) FET Drivers and Controllers

Gallium Nitride FET-based power conversion systems offer higher efficiency, increased power density, and lower overall system cost than silicon based alternatives. These advantageous characteristics have spurred the presence of an ever increasing ecosystem of power electronics components such as gate drivers, controllers, and passive components that specifically enhance eGaN FET performance.

Semiconductor suppliers such as uPI Semiconductor, Texas Instruments and Microchip, continue to release drivers and controllers to meet the growing demand for GaN based designs.

Below is a list of existing IC’s compatible with eGaN FETs:

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GaN Controllers for Buck and Boost Converters

Part Number Manufacturer Function Input Description Frequency
LTC7890Analog DevicesBuck5 - 100 VDual, made-for-GaN100 kHz - 3 MHz
LTC7891Analog DevicesBuck5 - 100 VSingle, made-for-GaN100 kHz - 3 MHz
ISL81806RenesasBuck5 - 80 VDual or 2-Phase, made-for-GaN100 kHz - 2 MHz
ISL81807RenesasBoost5 - 80 VDual or 2-Phase, made-for-GaN100 kHz – 2 MHz
MIC2132 MicrochipBuck5 - 75 V 2-phase, ultrafast transient response, stackable to 8 phases 100 kHz – 1 MHz
RT6190RichtekBuck/Boost5 - 36 V4-FET, Bidirectional Buck-Boost, I2C Interface250 kHz - 1 MHz
LT8390AAnalog DevicesBuck/Boost5 - 60 V4-FET, Buck/Boost600 kHz - 2 MHz
LM5141Texas InstrumentsBuck5 - 65 VSingle440 kHz - 2.2 MHz
LM5140-Q1 Texas InstrumentsBuck5 - 65 V Dual 440 kHz - 2.2 MHz
dsPIC33CK32MP102MicrochipBuck or Boost(external driver)100 MHz Single-Core 16-bit DSCUp to 100 MHz (core)
NCP8111On SemiBuck(external driver)3 Phase, VR12.5-6, Digital Controller, SVID and I2C Interfaces250 kHz − 5 MHz
LTC7800Analog DevicesBuck5 - 60 VSingle, Low IQ. GaN320 kHz - 2.25 MHz
MIC2103/4 MicrochipBuck5 - 75 V Adaptive On-Time Control 200 kHz - 600 kHz
ISL8117ARenesasBuck5 - 60 VSingle100 kHz - 2 MHz
TPS40400 Texas InstrumentsBuck5 - 20 V 30 A, PMBus 200 kHz - 2 MHz
TPS53632G Texas InstrumentsHalf-Bridge(external driver) Half-Bridge, D-CAP+ Controller, optimized for 48-V GaN DC/DC, I2C 300 kHz - 1 MHz

Controllers for Synchronous Rectifiers

Part Number Manufacturer Description Gate Driver Included
UCD7138 Texas Instruments Synchronous Rectifier Controller Yes
TEA1993TS NXP Synchronous Rectifier Controller Yes
TEA1995T NXP Dual Synchronous Rectifier Controller Yes (Dual)
TEA1998TS NXP Synchronous Rectifier Controller Yes
NCP4305A On Semi Secondary-side Synchronous Rectifier Controller Yes
NCP4306xBOn SemiSynchronous Rectifier ControllerYes
NCP4308AOn SemiSynchronous Rectifier ControllerYes

Low-Side Gate Drivers

Part Number Manufacturer Description Application Example
1EDB7275F Infineon Isolated, single, 5A/9A source/sink, 3 kV ---
UCC27611 Texas Instruments 4 A/6 A High-Speed 5 V Optimized Single Gate Driver EPC9081
LMG1020Texas Instruments5 V, 7 A/5 A Low Side GaN Driver With 60 MHz/1ns SpeedEPC9144
uP1964uPI SemiconductorSingle-Channel Gate Driver for Enhancement Mode GaN Transistors---
IXD_604IXYS4-Ampere Dual Low-Side Ultrafast Driver---
LMG1025-Q1Texas InstrumentsAutomotive 7-A/5-A single-channel low-side gate driver with 5-V UVLO for narrow pulse applications---
ADuM4120ARIZ Analog Devices Isolated, single-channel driver with 2 A output ---
ADuM4121ARIZ Analog Devices 2 A isolated, single-channel drivers ---

Half-Bridge Gate Drivers

Part Number Manufacturer Description Application Example
LT8418 Analog Devices 100 V Half-Bridge GaN Driver with Smart Integrated Bootstrap Switch EVAL-LT8418-BZ
1EDN71x6U Infineon 200 V, chip set, 4 gate drive current versions ---
2EDB7259Y Infineon Isolated, dual, 5A/9A source/sink, 3 kV ---
2EDR7259X Infineon Isolated, dual, 5A/9A source/sink, 5.7 kV ---
NCP51810 On Semi 150 V Half Bridge Gate Driver for GaN Power Switches Contact EPC
NCP51820 On Semi -3.5 to +650 V, adjustable dead time, dual LDOs Contact EPC
LM5113-Q1Texas Instruments5 A, 100 V Half-Bridge Driver for eGaN FETsEPC9078
LMG1205Texas Instruments1.2 A, 5 A, 100 V Half-Bridge Driver for eGaN FETsEPC9078
uP1966E uPI Semiconductor 80 V Dual-Channel Gate Driver for eGaN FETs EPC9078
LMG1210Texas Instruments200 V, 1.5 A/3 A Half Bridge GaN Driver With Adjustable Dead-timeContact EPC
Si827xGB-IMSkyworksIsolated, automotive, up to 2.5 kV isolation, 4 A.
Dead time programmable. Use “GB” and “IM” suffixes.
ADuM4221A Analog Devices Isolated, half-bridge drivers with Adjustable Dead Time, 4 A output ---
MPQ1918-AEC1 MPS 100 V, 1.6A, 5A, Half-Bridge GaN Driver, AEC-Q100 Qualified Contact EPC
MP8699B MPS 100 V Half Bridge Gate Driver for GaN Power Switches Contact EPC
STDRIVEG600 ST 600 V Half Bridge, allows ground offset for a low-side sense resistor EPC9167

ICs for High Reliability Applications

Part Number Manufacturer Description Function
FBS-GAM01P-C-PSEEPC SpaceSingle Output eGaN Gate Driver ModuleGate Driver
FBS-GAM02P-C-PSEEPC Space50 V Radiation Hardened High-Speed Multifunction Power eGaN® HEMT DriverHEMT Driver
FBS-GAM02-P-R50EPC Space50 V/10 A Radiation Hardened Multifunction Power ModulePower Stage
ISL70040SEHRenesasRadiation Hardened Low Side GaN FET DriverGate Driver
TPS7H6003-SPTexas InstrumentsRadiation Hardened, QMLV 200-V half-bridge GaN gate driver Gate Driver