Linear regulators are a cost-effective means to deliver a stable and regulated output voltage, with design simplicity and few external components. In applications where the output current is less than few amps and the output voltage is close to that of the input, low-dropout linear regulators (LDOs) provide the best cost-performance tradeoff.
An LDO is a linear voltage regulator designed to operate with a very low input-to-output voltage differential (dropout voltage) in order to minimize the power dissipated as heat on the device and increase conversion efficiency.
Compared to DC-DC switching converters, LDO regulators do not generate ripple, therefore they offer a very clean supply voltage, and require few design efforts, thanks to the minimum number of external passive components needed.
ST’s low dropout (LDO) regulators offer an optimal combination of low dropout voltage, low quiescent current, fast transient response, low noise and good ripple rejection.
In particular, our ultra-low dropout regulators are ideal for battery-powered consumer and industrial applications as well as portable healthcare devices as a result of:
- ultra-low quiescent current (down to 0.3 µA) which extends battery runtime
- tiny package options, including the 0.65 x 0.65 mm flip-chip and 0.47 x 0.47 mm STSTAMP™ to achieve the smallest footprint
Signal fidelity is maintained over a wide range of input voltages and output currents all along the signal path, thanks to the high PSRR (power supply rejection rate) and low noise.