# AC Coupled Gate Drive circuit

Here is the Following circuit :

I don't know how the application note can assert that the voltage after the capacitor is equal to Vdrv-Vcl or -Vcl according to the driver output as there is a resistor Rgs ? Even with the clamp circuit it is just an RC circuit. Where is my error ?

The picture is extracted from this application note written by TI. http://www.ti.com/lit/ml/slua618a/slua618a.pdf

Thank you very much,

## 3 Answers

After enough time has passed, the voltage across Rgs will of course be zero volts, because as you rightly point out, it's an RC circuit.

However, a PWM controller will pulse the gate drive very quickly, much quicker than the RC time constant. In fact it's part of the design that you choose the RC time constant >> pulse length.

To put some typical numbers on it, let's say you have a 20v pulse, and the zener+diode combo will clamp the gate voltage to -5v. When the pulse output is low, the capacitor will charge to -5v, so that when the pulse is high, the gate will be taken to +15v (neglecting charge into the FET gate capacitance).

Think of it as a level shifter, not an RC filter. The time constant of the RC must be long compared to the PWM period.

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It depends on the frequency of the signal and the rolloff of Cc and Rgs. If Fs >> 1/2*piCcRgs, the square wave is largely preserved, and the clamp becomes dominant. In that case, the above waveform is accurate in the short term; if the duty cycle is low, though, the clamp bias will bleed off and the next pulse will peak at Vdrv. The above is a good approximation for about 50% duty cycle and high frequency, assuming Vcl < Vdrv/2...if Vcl>Vdrv/2, the gate drive would swing between +/-Vdrv/2.