Si875x Isolated FET Drivers
Si8751/52 FET driver offer a simple way to replace solid-state relays (SSRs) or electromechanical relays (EMRs). Si875x devices combine robust CMOS isolation technology with a FET driver to form a complete, isolated switch. Versatile input options provide either digital CMOS pin control (Si8751) or diode emulation (Si8752) to best fit the application. Flexible outputs support driving AC or DC load configurations, and the self-contained device generates its own gate drive output voltage, reducing cost, size, and complexity. Si875x devices eliminate the need for bulky mechanical relays and allow self-selection for FET switches, so the design can be completely optimized for the application’s power, cost, and performance requirements. Unlike traditional SSRs, which integrate optocoupler-style LED inputs and limit the operating temperature range of the solution, Si875x drivers can support full industrial and automotive temperature ranges with increased stability and longer lifetime.
The Si875x drives FET gates with a nominal 10.3 V using as low as 1 mA input current, and its 2.5 kVrms isolation rating forms the basis for full certification to UL, CSA, VDE, and CQC. A unique power optimization option delivers maximum turn on current for fast speed, then lowers to static holding current once the optional external cap is discharged. Input side voltages are flexible from 2.25 V to 5.5 V and support seamless connection to low-power controllers. Si875x devices provide a clamping to prevent unintended turn on of the external FET when a high dV/dt is present on the FET’s drain.
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