While researching MOSFET gate drivers I came across Microchip's MIC4605-2 and it's evaluation board:
The evaluation board does not have any gate resistors for the MOSFETS:
In fact, the datasheet for the MIC4605-2 states:
"An external resistor between the LO output and the MOSFET may affect the performance of the LO pin monitoring circuit and is not recommended."
Owing to the fact that this gate driver features adaptive dead-time and thus monitors the gate of the MOSFET to determine when it has fully turned off, a gate resistor prevents proper sensing of the actual gate.
As I understand it, the gate of a MOSFET acts like a capacitor. At t(0) any capacitor will act like a short circuit. Without a gate resistor the only thing limiting the current is the gate driver's output resistance, which is supposedly low, it would not be a good driver otherwise. My thinking is this should lead to current peaks that easily exceed the driver's 1A maximum peak current and damage the chip, but the evaluation board demonstrates that this is not the case, what am I missing?