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RC Snubber Design Guidelines
An RC snubber circuit with a small R(G), or gate resistor, provides better EMI suppression with higher efficiency compared to using a high R(G) value. There is no extra gate delay time when using the snubber circuitry, and a small R(G) will better control both the turn-off V(DS) peak spike and ringing duration, while a high R(G) will damp the peak spike but result in a longer delay time. In addition, the total switching loss when using a snubber circuit is less than using high R(G), while greatly reducing E(OFF) from mid-to-full load range with only a small increase in E(ON). Efficiency will therefore improve with higher load current. Like other high performance power switches, proper PCB layout design to minimize circuit parasitics is strongly recommended due to the high dv/dt and di/dt rates. For more SiC FET design information, including how a snubber circuit will improve overall system performance, see the links below.