This page will assist you in learning about your FRDMGD3160XM3EVM Evaluation Board.
The FRDMGD3160XM3EVM is a half-bridge evaluation board populated with two GD3160 single channel IGBT or SiC gate drive devices. The board supports connection to an FRDM-KL25Z microcontroller for SPI communication configuration programming and monitoring. The board includes DESAT circuitry for short-circuit detection and implementation of GD3160 shutdown protection capabilities.
The evaluation board is designed to connect to an XM3 module for evaluation of the GD3160 performance and capabilities.
KITGD3160TREVB translator enables level shifting of signals from MCU 3.3 V to 5.0 V SPI communication.
The Freedom KL25Z is an ultra-low-cost development platform for Kinetis® L Series KL1x (KL14/15) and KL2x (KL24/25) MCUs built on Arm® Cortex®-M0+ processor.
Overview of the FRDMGD3160XM3EVM half-bridge evaluation board.
Software for FRDMGD3160XM3EVM is distributed with the FlexGUI tool (available on NXP.com). Necessary firmware comes pre-installed on the FRDM-KL25Z with the kit.
Even if the user intends to test with other software or PWM, it is recommended to install this software as a backup or to help debugging.
The latest version of FlexGUI supports the GD3100 and GD3160. It is designed to run on any Windows 10 or Windows 8 based operating system. To install the software, do the following:
By default, the FRDM-KL25Z delivered with this kit is preprogrammed with the current and most up-to-date firmware available for the kit.
A way to check quickly that the microcode is programmed and the board is functioning properly, is to plug the KL25Z into the computer, open FlexGUI, and verify that the software version at the bottom is 6.4 or later.
If a loss of functionality following a board reset, reprogramming, or a corrupted data issue, the microcode may be rewritten per the following steps:
All uploaded firmware is stored in non-volatile memory until the reset button is hit on the FRDM-KL25Z. There is no need to repeat this process upon every power up, and there is no loss of data associated with a single unplug event.
FRDMGD3160XM3EVM is connected to compatible SiC MOSFET XM3 module. Double pulse and short-circuit testing can be conducted utilizing Windows based PC with FlexGUI software.
Suggested equipment needed for test: