Why why indeed.WHY, WHY they need gate drivers?
One other reason that gate drivers can be used, is that the control logic might only be putting out say 0 to 3v3 , where as the IGBT might need a much higher voltage to drive it,I've always curious about that.
BJT triggered by base current so, I understand they need current amplifying on base.
But, FETs or IGBTs are triggered by gate voltage(as I know) then, WHY, WHY they need gate drivers?
Well done you for getting back.Thanks for all the reply of you.
And I guess I could understand about that.
So, as I understand, FETs or IGBTs triggerd voltage, YES, But, "The ENOUGH VOLTAGE ON ENOUGH SHORT PERIOD for rising or fall time to trigger gate" was the essential matter for it.
I think I've been locked up in too slow world. I had to think about the electron movement speed.
And, yes, bootstrap. mcu voltage can't fulfill the maximum gate voltage(above the drain voltage), that's the one of the main reason.
Thank you for such a clear and comprehensive explanation. it's good that on this forum I can find answers to all my questionsWhy why indeed.
You only have half the story.
It's true that FETs are voltage operated devices and take no DC gate current in the ON or OFF state.
So gate drivers aren't usually necessarily for low frequency switching or slow ON/OFF operation.
But look at high power MOSFET data sheets and note their high gate capacitance.
So to achieve rapid rise and fall time and keep the MOSFET from lingering in the active region during switching to minimize dissipation at the typical high switching frequency of devices such as SMPS, you need to supply a lot of gate transient current (often more than an amp) to rapidly charge and discharge that capacitance.
That's provided by a gate driver.
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