This might be of use to others that are living in a cave electronically speaking, like me.
Recently spent a day trying to drive MOSFETs fast using bipolars. I'm after a switch time of < 1uSec, and nothing I tried came close. In the end I googled driving mosfets, and up came lots of ads for MOSFET drivers. Turns out these things are a dream solution to the problem. They'll switch a half bridge in a few tens of nanoseconds, with configurable deadtime. They'll handle a bridge with both devices N-channel, and best of all, they'll work with a rail that can be up to hundreds of volts. AND they can be obtained in DIP-8 package. AND, they aren't expensive.