Would there be any problems with putting two P-Channel MOSFETs in series in order to double the maximum operating voltage for drain-source? The body diodes when used this way should act just like ordinary diodes put in series to handle more voltage, correct?
There are a couple of issues that you need to be aware of.
First of all, you need to make sure that they share the blocking voltage equally. Just like with diodes, you need to put high-value resistors in parallel with their drain and source terminals such that the current through the resistors is on the order of 10× the reverse leakage current of the transistors (or diodes). This will equalize the voltage drops to within 10% or so. Also, the speed of the individual devices might vary a bit, so it's also a good idea to put capacitors (typically 1 to 10 nF in line-frequency applications, less at higher frequencies) in parallel with them as well, to tame the transient behavior.
The second big issue is that the gate drive to each transistor needs to be relative to that transistor's source terminal; they can't share a common connection. Depending on the application, you might use transformers, optoisolators or specialized high-side driver ICs to allow each of the gate drive signals to float relative to all the others.
protected by W5VO♦ May 28 '13 at 6:02
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