Date of Graduation

5-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering

Degree Level

Undergraduate

Department

Electrical Engineering

Advisor

Dr. Juan Carlos Balda

Abstract

The design of an efficient and smart gate driver for a Si IGBT and SiC MOSFET is addressed in thesis. First, the main IGBT parameters are evaluated thoroughly in order to understand their effects in the design of the gate driver. All known consequences of previously designed gate drivers are studied in order to achieve an optimum gate driver. As a result of this assessment, the designer is able to determine whether adding or removing components from the gate driver circuit are beneficial or not. Then, exhaustive research is done to identify suitable integrated circuits to use for the power supplies, isolation circuit, protection circuit, and gate driver circuitry. Next, the final design is laid out in PCB Editor in order to eventually manufacture it and test it out. During this process, important techniques in making an efficient and compact PCB are taken into consideration.