Fairchild Semiconductor’s (NYSE: FCS) high-voltage gate driver, the FAN7387, was awarded EN-Genius Network’s 2008 “Product of the Year” award for “Best Innovation in Gate Drivers.” The FAN7387 is the industry’s only high-voltage gate driver (HVIC) with an external pin for dead-time control, providing engineers with excellent design flexibility. This HVIC is designed with an innovative noise canceling technique and features high-side driver operation with negative Vs swings up to -9.8V. This feature protects the IC from negative noise, making it more noise immune. Alternate solutions must use an additional diode to achieve this same robust protection.



[USPRwire, Wed Feb 25 2009] Fairchild Semiconductor’s (NYSE: FCS) high-voltage gate driver, the FAN7387, was awarded EN-Genius Network’s 2008 “Product of the Year” award for “Best Innovation in Gate Drivers.” The FAN7387 is the industry’s only high-voltage gate driver (HVIC) with an external pin for dead-time control, providing engineers with excellent design flexibility. This HVIC is designed with an innovative noise canceling technique and features high-side driver operation with negative Vs swings up to -9.8V. This feature protects the IC from negative noise, making it more noise immune. Alternate solutions must use an additional diode to achieve this same robust protection.
“The neat thing about the FAN7387 is the flexibility it delivers to a variety of circuit applications. You can literally use it as a tool box for that SMPS you need to put together in a hurry, or use a pair of them as a full-bridge converter, or use the dead-time control pin feature for a fluorescent lamp or HID ballast,” said Paul McGoldrick, Editor-in-Chief, EN-Genius Network. “In each case the power delivered can be scaled by your choice of the external MOSFETs. The dead-time control is, we believe, unique. We like parts where the applications can be scaled. The FAN7387 is one of those parts that when you have used it once you will come back to it time and time again for your succeeding jobs at differing power levels.”

All of Fairchild’s HVICs, including the FAN7387, offer significant power savings due to their low quiescent current (220µA) resulting in low power consumption in standby mode. This HVIC also provides stable performance through its low temperature dependency and excellent system reliability over a wide range of operating conditions.

The company’s FAN7316 CCFL Backlight Inverter Driver was also an honorable mention in the “High Integration in Multiple Channel Backlighting” category.
The FAN7316 and FAN7317, featuring a wide input voltage range, and built-in open lamp protection (OLP) and open lamp regulation (OLR) circuit, eliminate up to 30 external components in four lamp circuit inverter designs compared to similar devices on the market. These highly integrated CCFL backlight inverter drive ICs also feature selectable dimming polarity and analog and burst dimming functions, which simplify design and speed time-to-market.
The “Product of the Year” awards are selected by the editors of EN-Genius, based on their strong technical merit, design and innovation and marketability.

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