Comparisons on different innovative cascode gan hemt e-mode power modules and their efficiencies on the flyback converter

Chih Chiang Wu, Ching Yao Liu, Sandeep Anand, Wei Hua Chieng*, Edward Yi Chang, Arnab Sarkar

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The conventional cascode structure for driving depletion-mode (D-mode) gallium nitride (GaN) high electron mobility transistors (HEMTs) raises reliability concerns. This is because of the possibility of the gate to source voltage of the GaN HEMT surging to a negative voltage during the turn off transition. The existing solutions for this problem in the literature produce additional drawbacks such as reducing the switching frequency or introducing many additional components. These drawbacks may outweigh the advantages of using a GaN HEMT over its silicon (Si) alternative. This paper proposes two innovative gate drive circuits for D-mode GaN HEMTs—namely the GaN-switching based cascode GaN HEMT and the modified GaN-switching based cascode GaN HEMT. In these schemes, the Si MOSFET in series with the D-mode GaN HEMT is always turned on during regular operation. The GaN HEMT is then switched on and off by using a charge pump based circuit and a conventional gate driver. Since the GaN HEMT is driven independently, the highly negative gate-to-source voltage surge during turn off is avoided, and in addition, high switching frequency operation is made possible. Only two diodes and one capacitor are used in each of the schemes. The application of the proposed circuits is experimentally demonstrated in a high voltage flyback con-verter, where more than 96% efficiency is obtained for 60 W output load.

原文English
文章編號5966
頁(從 - 到)1-26
頁數26
期刊Energies
14
發行號18
DOIs
出版狀態Published - 9月 2021

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