C3M0016120K: Overview, Features, and Applications

The C3M0016120K is a Silicon Carbide (SiC) MOSFET manufactured by Wolfspeed, a Cree Company. SiC MOSFETs offer advanced performance characteristics, making them desirable for a wide range of high-voltage and high-frequency power electronics applications.



The C3M0016120K is a high-performance SiC MOSFET designed to deliver superior power handling, high-speed switching, and high-temperature operation, suitable for various demanding power conversion applications. It is part of a series of SiC MOSFETs aiming to deliver enhanced power conversion efficiency and system reliability.


The C3M0016120K MOSFET encompasses features commonly found in SiC-based devices, including:

  1. High Blocking Voltage: Capable of supporting high voltage operation, making it suitable for high-voltage applications such as power supplies, inverters, and converters.

  2. Low On-Resistance: SiC MOSFETs offer significantly lower on-state resistance (RDS(on)) compared to traditional silicon-based MOSFETs, reducing conduction losses and enhancing system efficiency.

  3. Fast Switching Speed: SiC MOSFETs have very fast switching characteristics, leading to reduced switching losses and enabling high-frequency operation in power converters.

  4. High-Temperature Operation: SiC devices can operate at higher temperatures compared to silicon-based devices, providing improved thermal performance and system reliability.

  5. Enhanced Thermal Conductivity: SiC MOSFETs exhibit superior thermal conductivity, making them well-suited for high-power density applications.

  6. Robustness: SiC MOSFETs are generally robust, offering reliability in harsh operating conditions and high-power applications.

  7. High-Frequency Operation: The device is capable of supporting high-frequency switching, suitable for applications that require fast response times.


The C3M0016120K SiC MOSFET is suitable for a variety of high-power and high-frequency applications, including but not limited to:

  1. Power Electronics: Used in power converters, inverters, and motor drives for high-efficiency and high-power density applications.

  2. Renewable Energy Systems: Suitable for use in solar inverters, wind turbine converters, and other renewable energy applications due to their efficiency and robustness.

  3. Electric Vehicles (EVs) and Hybrid Electric Vehicles (HEVs): SiC MOSFETs are increasingly used in traction inverters for electric and hybrid vehicles due to their efficiency and power density advantages.

  4. Industrial High-Power Systems: Utilized in industrial power supplies, motor drives, and welding equipment due to their high voltage and high power capabilities.

  5. Grid-Tied Power Systems: Used in grid-tied inverters for efficient power conversion in utility-scale applications.

  6. Smart Grid and Energy Storage: Suitable for use in smart grid systems and energy storage applications due to their efficiency and fast switching characteristics.

When considering the integration of the C3M0016120K, it’s crucial to verify its compatibility with specific application requirements and to ensure the adequate design of driving and protection circuitry to maximize its advanced features.

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