Alternating high current output stages. Both stages are capable of driving the gate of a power MOSFET. Each stage is capable of 500-mA peak source current, and 1-A peak sink current.
The output stages switch at half the oscillator frequency, in a push-pull configuration. When the voltage on the RC pin is rising, one of the two outputs is high, but during fall time, both outputs are off. This dead time between the two outputs, along with a slower output rise time than fall time, insures that the two outputs can not be on at the same time. This dead time is typically 60 ns to 200 ns and depends upon the values of the timing capacitor and resistor.
The high-current output drivers consist of MOSFET output devices, which switch from VDD to GND. Each output stage also provides a very low impedance to overshoot and undershoot. This means that in many cases, external Schottky clamp diodes are not required.