An Active Slew Rate Control Gate Driver IC With Robust Discrete-Time Feedback Technique for 600-V Superjunction MOSFETs

Shusuke Kawai, Takeshi Ueno, Hiroki Ishikuro, Kohei Onizuka

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In this article, an active slew rate (SR) control IC for superjunction MOSFET (SJMOS) is proposed. Active gate control is an attractive technique to reduce switching (SW) losses by maintaining a constant drain voltage SR (<italic>dV</italic> <inline-formula> <tex-math notation="LaTeX">$_{d}$</tex-math> </inline-formula>/<italic>dt</italic>) of power devices. However, the conventional method for IGBT, GaN, and SiC devices cannot be applied to the active gate control of SJMOS because <italic>dV</italic> <inline-formula> <tex-math notation="LaTeX">$_{d}$</tex-math> </inline-formula>/<italic>dt</italic> is determined by the reverse recovery current (<inline-formula> <tex-math notation="LaTeX">$I_{\mathrm{RR}})$</tex-math> </inline-formula>, which is unique to SJMOS. In this article, a discrete-time feedback technique that can control <inline-formula> <tex-math notation="LaTeX">$I_{\mathrm{RR}}$</tex-math> </inline-formula> generated before the drain voltage transition by reflecting the feedback result in the next SW is proposed. The <italic>dV</italic> <inline-formula> <tex-math notation="LaTeX">$_{d}$</tex-math> </inline-formula>/<italic>dt</italic> of SJMOS is kept constant by controlling <inline-formula> <tex-math notation="LaTeX">$I_{\mathrm{RR}}$</tex-math> </inline-formula> with two resistors connected to the gate. In addition, the proposed technique can reduce the SW losses more than the control with one resistance value under the same <italic>dV</italic> <inline-formula> <tex-math notation="LaTeX">$_{d}$</tex-math> </inline-formula>/<italic>dt</italic> condition because the proposed technique can improve the rise time of the drain current without changing <italic>dV</italic> <inline-formula> <tex-math notation="LaTeX">$_{d}$</tex-math> </inline-formula>/<italic>dt</italic>. By using the proposed technique, <italic>dV</italic> <inline-formula> <tex-math notation="LaTeX">$_{d}$</tex-math> </inline-formula>/<italic>dt</italic> can be kept constant regardless of the load current, temperature, and threshold voltage of SJMOS. The proposed gate driver is implemented in 0.6-<inline-formula> <tex-math notation="LaTeX">$\mu$</tex-math> </inline-formula>m CMOS, and the measured results show that <italic>dV</italic> <inline-formula> <tex-math notation="LaTeX">$_{d}$</tex-math> </inline-formula>/<italic>dt</italic> can be controlled to 3, 4.5, and 4.9 V/ns values, and the SW losses can be reduced by 25%. The turn-on delay reduction of 74% is also achieved by the proposed gate driver.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-11
Number of pages11
JournalIEEE Journal of Solid-State Circuits
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2022


  • Active slew rate (SR) control
  • feedback
  • gate driver
  • reverse recovery current (<inline-formula xmlns:ali="" xmlns:mml="" xmlns:xlink="" xmlns:xsi=""> <tex-math notation="LaTeX">$I_{\mathrm{RR}})$</tex-math> </inline-formula>
  • superjunction MOSFET (SJMOS)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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