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A4933: Automotive 3-Phase MOSFET Driver

The A4933 is a 3-phase controller for use with N-channel external power MOSFETs and is specifically designed for automotive applications.

A unique charge pump regulator provides full (>10 V) gate drive for battery voltages down to 7 V and allows the A4933 to operate with a reduced gate drive, down to 5.5 V.

A bootstrap capacitor is used to provide the above-battery supply voltage required for N-channel MOSFETs. An internal charge pump for the high-side drive allows DC (100% duty cycle) operation.

Full control over all six power FETs in the 3-phase bridge is provided, allowing motors to be driven with block commutation or sinusoidal excitation. The power FETs are protected from shoot-through by integrated crossover control and resistoradjustable dead time.

Bridge current can be measured using an integrated current sense amplifier. This is an uncommitted differential amplifier with a below-ground common mode range allowing it to be used in low-side current sense applications. Gain and offset are defined by external resistors.

Integrated diagnostics provide indication of undervoltage, overtemperature, and power bridge faults. They can be configured to protect the power FETs under most short circuit conditions. Detailed diagnostics are available as a serial data word.

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