how does N-channel level shifter simplifies driving from logic

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Joined Nov 3, 2008
so u mean by using n-channel mosfet in this way, it simplifies the gate drive of p-channel for a high voltage...and also to provide enough current to flow to the gate of p-channel.


Joined Jan 18, 2008
I am not sure what you mean by simplify. Running the gate directly form the logic chip is simple, but simple may not work.

What I listed are some considerations for you as the designer. To get more detailed than that, we would need more information on your circuit. Particularly, what is the voltage provided to the P-mosfet source? I assume it is considerably higher than the logic supply.

The main issue, however, is probably the current capability of the logic circuit. Gates of big mosfets can have instantaneous turn-on/off currents of amperes.



Joined May 16, 2005
In addition to potential problems with incompatible voltages, the o/p will be inverted if we run the P-MOSFET directly from the logic. P-channel devices conduct when the gate goes low.


Joined Jan 18, 2008
That depends on what you want do do, doesn't it?

I am running a small P-mosfet (STS5PF20V) directly from a PIC MCU (200 ohm gate resistor for current limiting and a pull-up resistor for startup). It has a logic-level gate and stays off because its gate is held high by the PIC. Of course, I couldn't do that so simply, if the mosfet source was at 20 volts. John

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at last i found a forum discussing about level shifter for driving high side MOSFET..
I wanna use this scheme for my buck converter. but im quite confused with the value of each component. how can i calculate each R and zener?



Joined Jul 17, 2007
Have a look in here:
P-channel MOSFET drivers are discussed starting on page 18, but the whole document is recommended reading.

You would really be better off using an N-ch MOSFET and a high-side driver. The selection of P-ch MOSFETs is much more limited than for N-ch, and the main reason for doing so is that for all other parameters being equivalent, P-channel MOSFETs have 2.5 times the total gate charge requirement than N-ch MOSFETs do.

You might find the attached interesting; I'm using a common 555 timer IC as a high-side driver for an N-ch MOSFET and current regulator for a couple of LEDs. It's about 85% efficient in the configuration shown, which isn't bad at all.


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