Analog Devices Press Release - May 5, 2010
Analog Devices Announces 4-A Dual-Channel Gate Driver Integrated
New dual-channel gate driver with iCoupler® digital isolation technology replaces optocouplers and pulse
transformers to reduce board space by up to 70 percent and cut costs by 30 percent.
with iCoupler Digital Isolation Technology
Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Analog Devices, Inc., (ADI) a global
leader in high-performance semiconductors for signal-processing applications, today introduced a 4-A dual-channel
isolated gate driver integrated with ADI’s
iCoupler digital isolation technology. Analog Devices’ new
dual-channel gate driver is effective for driving high-voltage switching FETs (field-effect transistors) in
synchronous rectification dc-to-dc converter applications. By integrating digital isolation and a 4-A gate driver
into a small, industry standard SOIC (small-outline integrated circuit) package, the
replaces traditional discrete gate driver solutions, saving up to 70 percent of the board space and reducing costs
by up to 30 percent for small dc-to-dc module designs.
Discrete offerings use separate components for
isolation and gate drive, including large, difficult to use pulse transformers and optocouplers that provide poor
performance and degrade over time. The new ADuM3220
dual-channel gate driver offers better propagation delay (60 ns max) and channel-to-channel skew (5 ns max) than
competitive products, along with excellent reliability associated with CMOS-based digital isolation.
“Working closely with our power supply customers, we learned that many designers use discrete isolators and gate
drivers, which can take up quite a lot of board space,” said Peter Henry, vice president, Power Management
Products, Analog Devices. “ADI’s iCoupler digital isolation technology integrates the gate driver function with
two channels of high-performance digital isolation technology; this radically simplifies design and reduces design
About the ADuM3220 4-A Dual-Channel Isolated Gate Driver
ADuM3220 4-A dual-channel isolated gate driver
provides two independent isolation channels and operates with an input supply voltage ranging from 3.0 V to 5.5 V,
providing compatibility with lower voltage systems. Each output may be operated from 7 V to 18 V to support
typical gate driver voltages for synchronous dc-to-dc converters. The outputs of the
ADuM3220 dual-channel gate driver default to a
logic-low state, preventing both gate drivers from being on at the same time and eliminating potential damage of
the high-voltage FETs. In addition, the
ADuM3220 dual-channel gate driver operates over a
wide -40ºC to 125ºC temperature range.
In comparison to gate drivers employing high-voltage level-translation methodologies, the
ADuM3220 dual-channel gate driver offers the
benefit of true galvanic isolation between the input and each output, enabling voltage translation and safety
isolation across the isolation barrier. The
ADuM3220 has 2.5 kVrms isolation rating with UL
(Underwriters Laboratories), IEC (International Electrotechnical Commission) and VDE (Verband der Elektrotechnik)
certifications pending. For more information, visit
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Designed to work well with ADI’s power management products, complementary components for the
ADuM3220 dual-channel gate driver include the
ADP1043 digital controller; ADP125 linear regulator; ADP1621 current-mode, step-up dc-to-dc controller; ADP1828
step-down, dc-to-dc controller; and ADIsimPower™ design tool.
With more than 350 million channels deployed, ADI’s proven
iCoupler technology is based on chip-scale transformers, rather than on the LEDs and photodiodes found in
optocouplers. Transformers support higher data rates, consume less power, and are more stable over life as
compared to LEDs and photodiodes. By fabricating the transformers directly on-chip using wafer-level processing,
iCoupler channels can be integrated with each other and other semiconductor functions at low cost. iCoupler
transformers are planar structures formed from CMOS and gold metal layers. A high breakdown polyimide layer
underneath the gold layer insulates the top transformer coil from the bottom. CMOS circuits connected to the top
coil and bottom coil provide the interface between each transformer and its external signals.
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cultural pillars on which Analog Devices has built one of the longest-standing, highest-growth companies within
the technology sector. Acknowledged industry-wide as the world leader in data-conversion and signal-conditioning
technologies, Analog Devices serves over 60,000 customers, representing virtually all types of electronic
equipment. Celebrating over 40 years as a leading global manufacturer of high-performance integrated circuits for
analog- and digital-signal processing applications, Analog Devices is headquartered in Norwood, Massachusetts,
with design and manufacturing facilities throughout the world. Analog Devices' common stock is listed on the New
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