News Release

Dave Rossdeutcher
Global Product Management Director - Energy & Power
P 630.262.6800

Richardson RFPD Introduces New Dual SiC MOSFET Driver Reference Design from Microsemi

Design is optimized to drive SiC devices at a high speed with desaturation protection

February 22, 2017 – Geneva, Ill.: Richardson RFPD, Inc. announced today the availability and full design support capabilities for a new SiC MOSFET driver reference design from Microsemi Corporation.

The MSCSICMDD/REF1 is designed to provide a reliable reference driver solution, a means of evaluating silicon carbide MOSFETs in a number of different topologies, as well as a means to assess device performance for parametric test purposes. The new evaluation board requires only a +24 V power input and is optimized to drive SiC devices at a high speed with desaturation protection. It is a base design that can be simplified depending upon the individual system requirements.

According to Microsemi, additional key features of the MSCSICMDD/REF1 include:

  • Adjustable -5 V to +20 V output gate drive
  • Galvanic isolation of more than 2000 V on both gate drivers
  • Capable of 6 W of gate drive power per side; 8 W with modification
  • Peak output current of up to 30 A
  • Maximum switching frequency greater than 400 KHz
  • Single-ended or RS485/RS422 differential input gate control
  • Shoot through (short-circuit) protection
  • +/- 100 kV/µS capability
  • Programmable dead time protection
  • Fault signaling
  • Under-voltage lockout protection


To find more information, or to purchase this product today online, please visit the MSCSICMDD/REF1 webpage. The device is are also available by calling 1-800-737-6937 (within North America); or please find your local sales engineer (worldwide) at Local Sales Support. To learn about additional products from Microsemi, please visit the Microsemi storefront webpage.

Microsemi MSCSICMDD/Ref1

About Richardson RFPD

Richardson RFPD, an Arrow Electronics company, is a global leader in the RF and wireless communications, power conversion and renewable energy markets. It brings relationships with many of the industry’s top radio frequency and power component suppliers. Whether it’s designing components or engineering complete solutions, Richardson RFPD’s worldwide design centers and technical sales team provide comprehensive support for customers’ go-to-market strategy, from prototype to production. 

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