Infineon Expands its CoolSiC M1H Portfolio with New 1200 V SiC MOSFETs
The eight new discrete chips employ the company’s .XT interconnect technology, and were released together with additions to the company’s popular Easy Module family.
Released April 13, Infineon’s newest M1H expansion to its prolific CoolSiC family provides 1200 V MOSFETs with a larger gate operation window, protecting against damage from input voltage peaks without restriction, even at higher switching frequencies.
What’s more, the new offerings’ improved housings enable even greater power densities than those possible with previous models.
The New Discrete SiC Components
The fresh 1200 V M1H portfolio includes six discrete components with remarkably low RDS(ON)s of 7 mΩ, 14 mΩ, and 20 mΩ, in addition to two sporting an RDS(ON) of 40 mΩ, offered in TO247-3 and TO247-4 packages.
The TO247-3 and TO247-4 packages. Image [modified] used courtesy of Infineon
The units’ gate voltage overshoots and undershoots, including a maximum gate-source voltage down to 10 V, streamline the design process for engineers. Flexible turnoff gate voltages of -5 V to 0 V are also available, simplifying the choice of gate driver.
Infineon’s .XT Interconnection Technology
Infineon’s .XT technology was unveiled in earlier devices offered in the D 2PAK-7L package, and is now also implemented in the TO247-3 and TO247-4 footprints. The crux of the technology is its employment of “diffusion soldering,” which mitigates the troublesome thermal resistance that results from attaching power chips to packages.
By employing the .XT technique in lieu of standard soldering, designers can enhance thermal dissipation capabilities by more than 30%. This thermal benefit can then be used to increase output power by up to 15%.
With .XT, designers can significantly enhance thermal dissipation. Screenshot used courtesy of Infineon
Thus, with this change alone, .XT technology can lower SiC MOSFET junction temperatures, significantly increasing system lifespans. Engineers can also employ the technology to increase permissible switching frequency, allowing for a size reduction in necessary passive filtering components.
Easy 3B Modules
Infineon has previously employed SiC MOSFETs in its Easy 1B and Easy 2B flexible, base plate-free power modules. Now, it will add to that lineup with its new Easy 3B devices, which were announced together with the 1200 V M1H expansion and will handle twice the power of the Easy 2B models.
Infineon's Easy 3B module. Image used courtesy of Infineon
The flexible devices, specced at 150 ℃, can operate at junction temperatures of up to 175 ℃ for short periods of time to manage overloads.
Infineon plans to develop a large portfolio of these modules, which will be available in 1200 V half-bridge, full-bridge, SixPACK, Booster and 3-level configurations. The company plans to offer RDS(ON)s from 2mΩ to 55mΩ.
M1H 1200 V Discretes - Additional Notes
Infineon’s 3-lead IMW120R007M1H and its 4-lead IMZAW120R007M1H both sport RDS(ON)s of 7mΩ, which the company maintains is the lowest value available in any T0247 device. The units are specced to handle power in the range of 30 kW.
One notable difference between the four TO247-3 MOSFETs and their four TO247-4 siblings is that the latter sport a Kelvin sense contact in addition to source, gain and drain leads. This leads to discrepancies across factors such as rise time, both turn on and turn off delay time, and fall time, in addition to total switching energy.