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Advances in Power Electronics
Volume 2010 (2010), Article ID 909612, 11 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2010/909612
Research Article

A Substrate Current Less Control Method for CMOS Integration of Power Bridges

DMOS GmbH, Bergstraβe 4, 01069 Dresden, Germany

Received 2 June 2010; Revised 12 August 2010; Accepted 13 August 2010

Academic Editor: Henry S. H. Chung

Copyright © 2010 Joerg Krupar et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Modern electronical devices use high integration to decrease device size and cost and to increase reliability. More and more devices appear that integrate even power devices into VLSI circuits. When driving inductive loads, this is a critical step because freewheeling at a power device appears. In these applications usually special technologies with extra wells for the power devices, SOI technologies, or BiCMOS technologies are required to suppress any substrate current. However, the use of these technologies results in higher production cost for the device. We present a method to control the freewheeling actively. Using this approach we are able to integrate the power devices using a normal CMOS technology.