(ADuM4120)How fast can ADuM4120 move?

Hi !

I was reading ADuM4120 datasheet.

But there was no specification for frequency.

How fast can ADuM4120 move?

For example, at ADuM3223/4223 datasheet, it says maximum frequency is 1MHz.

Best regards


  • Hi Rschnell

    Thank you for your reply.

    I understood.

    Best regards


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    •  Analog Employees 
    on Jan 10, 2018 11:21 PM

    Hello Kawa,

    There isn't an exact maximum frequency that the ADuM4120 can work at, but there are some limitations:

    1) There is a minimum pulse width. This applies to both the on and off portions of the cycle.

    2) Higher frequency operation will have more internal heating due to power dissipation within the ADuM4120.

    The power dissipation is usually the main factor in maximum switching frequency. The simplified equation for this is:

    Power dissipation in ADuM4120 = [Rint / (Rext+Rint) ] * Qtot * Vgate * Fs + Iquiescent * Vgate

    Rint is the internal Rdson of the gate driver

    Rext is the external series gate resistor

    Qtot is the total gate charge of the switch being driven

    Vgate is the voltage the gate is driven to

    Fs is the switching frequency

    Iquiescent  is the quiescent current of the gate driver

    The power dissipation has to be kept lower than the amount that would make the part rise to 125ºC. Using either Theta-Ja or Psi-Jc, you can know how much thermal headroom there is based on ambient or case temperatures.

    I've run the ADuM4120 well above 1 MHz, but only in a lab setup at room temperature with a small load. It is important to have a lot of extra thermal headroom in an actual application, as the ambient temperature in real applications can often fluctuate, or be uneven.