Logic Level Mosfet

Is the FQP30N06L a logic level mosfet? This is from a post that is about a year old referring to the the FQP30N06L:

http://arduino.cc/forum/index.php/topic,102455.0.html

Both those MOSFET types require 10V of gate drive, they won’t work properly with 5V - they might turn on a little bit, but they won’t do so reliably.

When looking for MOSFETs for direct drive from logic level (5V) signals, you must get logic-level MOSFETs. The key spec on the datasheet is the value of Vgs at which the Rds(on) is specified. “Rds(on) at Vgs=4.5V” is typically the specification to look for. 4.5V is used to allow for below-spec 5V supplies. If the only Rds(on) values are given for Vgs=10V, or if Vth is specified as “2–4V” then is NOT logic level.

Vth (threshold voltage) confuses a lot of newcomers - its the voltage at which the device switches OFF. For logic level devices it will typically be 0.5 to 1.0V or so.

I bought that mosfet from Sparkfun without looking at the data sheet because they claim that it is logic level.

Here are some screenshots of the data sheet that I don’t understand. http://dlnmh9ip6v2uc.cloudfront.net/datasheets/Components/General/FQP30N06L.pdf

The first screenshot leads me to believe that is is logic level because of the R
DS characteristics, but the second screenshot leads me to believe that it isn’t logic level. Can somebody please enlighten me?

It is a logic level power mosfet. However it's Ron value will be slightly lower with a +10vdc gate voltage Vs a +5vdc gate voltage applied. When you are dealing with trying to use the maximum devices current rating there are other specifications just as important as the applied gate voltage, such as gate drive current capacity, switching frequency, device operation temperature with or without external heatsinking, etc.

Lefty

Thanks Lefty.

When I search a company like Mouser or Digi Key for a logic level mosfet, what filter am I looking for?

TeslaIaint: Thanks Lefty.

When I search a company like Mouser or Digi Key for a logic level mosfet, what filter am I looking for?

I haven't tried to use such distributor's search filters much, but the picture you posted shows no filter selection option that would allow one to differentiate between a logic level and a non logic level mosfet devices.

Lefty

Try FDP65N06, IRLU3636PBF, or FDP3651U (Hint: google "octopart.com FDP65N06")

Personally I think newark.com has the best search. It does allow you to search by Rds(on).

TeslaIaint: Thanks Lefty.

When I search a company like Mouser or Digi Key for a logic level mosfet, what filter am I looking for?

Doesn't look like that particular table's any use. Farnell do a better job with the Vgs value for Rds(on) being one of the search terms. However don't get me started on their system, so many ways their search could be improved!!

Some manufacturers include an "L" in the part number if its logic level, but you have to know their particular naming conventions to be sure. ST microelectronics and International Rectifier both seem to use this convention.

Generally a FET is more likely to be logic level if its in a surface mount package, so TO220 and so forth are mainly 10V devices, but its only a general trend. Some surface mount packages like DPAK aren't particularly small and can be soldered onto strip board fairly easily, note.

Some surface mount packages like DPAK aren't particularly small and can be soldered onto strip board fairly easily, note.

Good tip. I was wondering about that. thanks

Good tip. I was wondering about that. thanks

To be a bit more informative: D2PAK is the big one, DPAK is a little smaller, you have to be careful soldering the drain to have a powerful enough iron (and cut stripboard carefully to avoid unintended shorts as the back of the device is mainly bare drain tab).

SOIC-8 is trickier, best done on PCB really, but can be done on stripboard messily (pin 4, gate, has to have a trace to itself, the rest will use several):