Insulated Gate Bipolar Transistor (IGBT) drivers are high-efficiency devices used primarily as electronic switches. The switching speed with which the IGBT modules can turn on and off has allowed the large-scale diffusion of these transistors, second only to power MOSFETs.
The characteristics of the IGBT drivers combine the simplicity of power MOSFETs with the ability to handle high current and low voltage typical of bipolar transistors.
Where are the IGBT driver modules used?
IGBT technology is used within switch mode power supplies in high-power applications such as variable frequency drives, electric cars, trains, refrigerators, arc welders, induction cooktops, and air conditioners, with a large presence both within industrial sectors and within consumer sectors.
IGBT modules can also be operated in parallel and can have very high current handling capabilities, in the order of hundreds of amperes with blocking voltages of 6500V, thus controlling loads of hundreds of kilowatts.