Farnell stocks Toshiba’s smart gate drivers 

Distributor Farnell now offers Toshiba’s range of photocouplers for industrial and green energy applications. 

Available for fast delivery, the smart gate driver photocouplers from Toshiba include the TLP5212 and TLP5222 devices. These are suitable for a range of applications including inverter circuits used in industrial control equipment, power conditions in solar power systems and uninterruptible power supplies (UPS) and residential home battery systems. 

The TLP5212 and TLP5222 include VCE,(sat) or VDS,(sat) detection, Miller clamping and a fault outputting function along with a general-purpose gate driver coupler to protect the IGBT from over-current generated in the inverter stage. The Miller clamping function suppresses gate potential rise and IGBT malfunction by bypassing the Miller current generated when the IGBT is turned off to ground. 

The TLP5212 requires an input-side signal to resume from shutdown protection while the TLP5222 resumes automatically after a specified time. The photocouplers are supplied in a low profile, 16 pin SO16L package with an operating temperature of −40 to +110 degrees C.

The TLP5212 is a ±2.5A output photocoupler able to control IGBTs and MOSFETs, reliably protecting power devices from over-current and are suitable for high-speed applications requiring high levels of safety isolation and insulation (BVs = 5000Vrms). The SO16L package features 8mm creepage for use in space-limited applications.

The TLP5222 is an integrated, high current, high-speed output control photocoupler providing ±2.5A output current. Housed in a long creepage and clearance SO16L package, it includes desaturation detection, isolated fault status feedback, soft gate turn-off, and active Miller clamp, under voltage lockout (UVLO) and automatic fault status reset.

Farnell offers an extensive range of products in its comprehensive semiconductor portfolio to support design engineers. Customers also have free access to online resources, datasheets, application notes, videos, webinars and 24/5 technical support.

Toshiba’s new range of smart gate drivers is available for immediate delivery from Farnell in EMEA, Newark in North America and element14 in APAC.

Farnell is a global technology leader with over 80 years in the high service distribution of technology products and solutions for electronic system design, production, maintenance and repair. Farnell uses this experience to support its broad customer base, from hobbyists to engineers, maintenance engineers and buyers, working with leading brands and start-ups to develop new products for market, and supporting the industry as it seeks to develop the current and next generation of engineers.  

Farnell trades as Farnell in Europe, Newark in North America; and element14 throughout Asia Pacific and sells direct to consumers through a network of resellers and its CPC business in the UK.

Farnell is a business unit of Avnet, which has an extensive ecosystem that delivers design, product, marketing and supply chain expertise for customers at every stage of the product lifecycle. 


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