App note: The importance of compensation capacitors on the eFuse power line

Inductive spike on voltage rails causes eFuse to shutdown, here’s an app note from ON Semiconductors on how they solve this problem from happening. Link here (PDF) ON Semiconductor produces a wide variety of silicon based protection products including current limiting devices such as Electronic Fuses (eFuses). During an over−current stress, eFuses can limit the […]

App note: eFuse reverse voltage protection

App note from ON Semiconductors about eFuses’ ability to block reverse voltage. Link here (PDF) One area in which they (eFuses) differ in performance is reverse polarity protection. While a TVS device and polyfuse will protect against reverse voltages, the nature of an integrated semiconductor device does not inherently allow for this type of protection. […]

App note: Implementation of error code correction in EEPROMs

App note from ON Semiconductors about their EEPROM error correction. Link here (PDF) Some of ON’s automotive EEPROMs, like the Grade 0 NV25xxx family (SPI, 1 – 64 Kb) and the Grade 1 CAV24Cxx / CAV25xxx (Grade 1, 128 Kb and higher) implement an Error Code Correction scheme. What this means is that for each […]

App note: Revolutionizing analog to digital conversion

App note from ON Semiconductors introducing their nano power ADC NCD9801x. Link here (PDF) The NCD9801x ADC is a differential 12−bit resolution successive approximation register analog−to−digital converter unlike any other SAR ADC available on the market. It uses an innovative design to keep a low input capacitance of 2 pF, easily besting the typical SAR […]

App note: Design and application guide of bootstrap circuit for high-voltage gate-drive IC

A deeper dive into controlling gates of MOSFETs with boostrap circuits talked in this app note from ON Semiconductors. Link here (PDF) The purpose of this paper is to demonstrate a systematic approach to design high−performance bootstrap gate drive circuits for high−frequency, high−power, and high−efficiency switching applications using a power MOSFET and IGBT. It should […]

App note: Understanding eFuse input voltage transients from hot plug events

App note from ON Semiconductors about things to look for when hot plugging eFuses. Link here (PDF) System designers must account for voltage surges that occur when supplies or loads are connected. eFuses are integrated circuits with many features to protect loads from these surges. However, it is important to ensure that the eFuse itself […]

App note: Active cable usage with ON Semiconductor Redrivers

App note from ON Semiconductors about the need for long cables for high speed Type-C and Type-A connectors. Link here (PDF) With the increasing requirement for high speed transfer of larger bulk of data, better quality video and power delivery, change over from analog to digital videos, bi−directional transfers, it become essential to use a […]

App note: Automotive pre-regulator reference design and evaluation board overview

App note from ON Semiconductors on their various reference designs on automotive regulator topologies. Link here (PDF) ON Semiconductor provides several reference designs for automotive synchronous buck pre−regulators covering a broad range of applications such as ADAS, cluster, body and infotainment.

App note: Performance comparison of 1200 V SiC MOSFET and Si IGBT Used in power integrated module for 1100 V solar boost stage

App note from ON Semiconductors comparing the performance between SiC MOSFET and Silicon IGBT in a similar and compatible power modules. Link here (PDF) This application note compares the performance of two power integrated modules (PIMs) in the boost stage of an 1100 V solar inverter. One PIM used state−of−the−art silicon 1200 V IGBT (part […]

App note: Characteristics and driving recommendations of ON Semiconductor Gen 1 1200 V SiC MOSFETs & modules

App note from ON Semiconductors on their SiC MOSFET’s key characteristics and how to drive them. Link here (PDF) Silicon carbide (SiC) is part of the wide bandgap (WBG) family of semiconductor materials used to fabricate discrete power semiconductors. Conventional silicon (Si) MOSFETs have a bandgap energy of 1.12 eV compared to SiC MOSFETs possessing […]

App note: Power transistor safe operating area – special considerations for switching power supplies

App note from ON Semiconductors about less common transistors stresses when used on switching power supplies. Link here (PDF) The power transistor, in today’s switching power supply, exists in an environment which is quite hostile to semiconductors. Large currents, large voltages, high temperature, high frequency, and low impedance sources add up to something close to […]

App note: High current LED capacitive drop drive

Fairly old app note from ON Semiconductors on using capacitors to drive LEDs off AC mains. Link here (PDF) This application note describes the basics for powering high current light emitting diodes (LEDs) utilizing a capacitive divider circuit off the AC mains. A linear regulator is used to control the LED current in order to […]

App note: A guide to choosing the right ultra low Iq low dropout linear voltage regulators

App note from ON Semiconductors that discuss tradeoffs between achivieng low quiescent current and good dynamic performance when choosing an LDO. Link here (PDF) One of the most important challenges today in designing electronic applications is to minimize the power consumption of the system. To accomplish this, most systems utilize various low power modes which […]

App note: How to determine if an eFuse system can be safely hot−plugged

This app note from ON Semiconductors linked here (PDF) System designers must account for voltage surges that occur when supplies or loads are connected. eFuses are integrated circuits with many features to protect loads from these surges. However, it is important to ensure that the eFuse itself will not receive excessive voltage on its input. […]

App note: Analysis of power dissipation and thermal considerations for high voltage gate drivers

App note from ON Semiconductors on ways to dissipate thermals or reduce junction temperature of HVIC. Link here (PDF) Gate drivers used to switch MOSFETs and IGBTs at high frequencies can dissipate significant amount of power depending on the operating conditions. It is important to determine the driver power dissipation and the resulting junction temperature […]

App note: Advantages and limitations of the chopper-stabilized architecture of zero-drift precision op amps

App note from ON Semiconductors on the do’s and don’ts when using zero-drift precision op amps. Link here (PDF) Zero−drift precision op amps are specialized op amps designed for applications that require high output accuracy due to small differential voltages. Not only do they feature low input offset voltage, but they also have high CMRR, […]

App note: Charging capacitive loads with eFuse

App note from ON Semiconductors on how eFuse manage to cope up with large capacitive loads. Link here (PDF) The eFuse protection devices are used for limiting the system load current in the events of overload or short circuit. Many applications employ On Semiconductor eFuses at the power input stage of the system between the […]

App note: Tuning linear redrivers

App note from ON Semiconductors about linear redrivers setting. Linear redrivers are used in systems in order to improve high speed signal integrity in systems transmitting digital data. Link here (PDF) Linear redrivers are used in many applications that transmit data at high speeds. They can be found on computer motherboards, gaming consoles, graphics cards, […]