Some basic math to this gate driver circuit

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Xavier Pacheco Paulino

Joined Oct 21, 2015

I'm trying to calculate the gate resistors for the MOSFET that I selected which has a gate resistance of 1.3 ohms. Well, I attach its electrical characteristics (Parameters.PNG). Also, I add the Vgs vs Total charge curve. I would like to find the suitable configuration for this application (See Gate1.PNG an Gate2.PNG). Some of the gate driver characteristics are also attached [GateDriverParameters.PNG].

The gate driver power supply is 12V.
The sink/source capability of the driver is 5A.

So taking into account the worst scenario where the charging current is equal to the peak current of the driver (5A)

RGon = 12/5 - (0.55 + 1.3) = 0.55 ohms
where 0.55 ohms is the Rds(on) or source resistor of the driver and 1.3 ohms is the mosfet gate resistance.

For the discharge current
ROff = 12/5 -(0.7 + 1.3) = 0.4 ohms
where 0.7 ohms is the sink resistance of the driver.

It's supossed that the charging peak current has to be less than driver peak current (5A). So, how do I know the real charging peak current?

Is this approach right?
In the Gate2.PNG picture, do I need the diode and the discharging resistor?

I'm really stuck at calculating the right gate driver configuration. I will appreciate your help so much.

Additional information:
PWM frequency (gate driver input) = 25 kHz
VDS is about 150-170VDC
The application refers to my previous posts about the Brushed DC motor controller.

Datasheet of the Mosfet:

Gate driver:

Useful document about gate resistors: