A capacitive level-shifter as a part of a high voltage halfbridge gate driver is resented in this work. The levelshifter utilizes a differential capacitor pair to transfer the information from low side to high side. A thorough evaluation of the critical parts of the level-shifter is presented with focus on low power consumption as well as low capacitive load between the floating half-bridge node and ground (output capacitance). The operation of the level-shifter is tested and verified by measurements on a prototype half-bridge gate driver. Results conclude stabile operation at 2.44kV, 50kHz with a current consumption of 0.5mA. Operation voltage was limited by test equipment. The output capacitance is 4pF@1.5kV.
Proceedings of the International Power Modulator Symposium and High Voltage Workshop, 2012, p. 450-453
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2012 IEEE International Power Modulator and High Voltage Conference, 2012