Low dropout (LDO) linear voltage regulators are designed to operate with a very low input-to-output voltage differential (dropout voltage).
They minimize the power dissipated as heat on a device and increase conversion efficiency.
Linear voltage regulators offer a cost-effective approach to delivering stable and regulated output voltages, with design simplicity and few external components. LDO regulators provide the best cost-performance tradeoff in applications where the output current is less than few amps and the output voltage is close to that of the input.
ST ultralow dropout regulators are ideal for battery-powered consumer and industrial applications, as well as portable healthcare devices, thanks to the following benefits:
Differences between LDO regulators and switching converters
Compared to DC-DC switching converters, LDO regulators don’t generate ripple, and therefore offer a very clean supply voltage. They also reduce design effort thanks to the minimal number of external passive components needed.
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ST LDO regulators offer the following combination of benefits:
- low dropout voltage
- low quiescent current (low IQ)
- fast transient response
- low noise
- good ripple rejection
LDL40, LDH40 and LDQ40: power management solutions for Automotive applications
AEC-Q100 grade 1 qualified and available in DFN 2x2 6L package with wettable flank, the LDH40, LDL40 and LDQ40 are the right choice for engineers and designers looking to optimize their power management systems in applications such as infotainment, EV powertrain, instrument clusters, and ADAS.
The LDQ40 can provide an output current up to 250 mA with ± 1.5 % accuracy in all the working conditions, while both LDH40 and LDL40 can provide up to 200 mA with ± 2.5 % accuracy.
They feature internal current limit, short-circuit protection (LDQ40 only), thermal shutdown, and output active discharge function for added safety and protection.
Power-good for fixed versions, and logic-controlled electronic shutdown, allow the devices to offer precise control and reliable operations.
A low ground current of just 2 μA at no load, makes the voltage regulators also ideal for use in always-on battery-connected applications, ensuring maximum efficiency and minimal power consumption.
A flexible power management solution to design your project quickly and efficiently
The STEVAL-QUADV01 evaluation board is a versatile tool based on different step-down regulators: the L6981, L7983, ST1PS03, and the ST730 LDO. These regulators offer a range of features and capabilities that make the board suitable for a wide range of applications.
The board offers four distinct approaches for generating a 5 V output voltage, which can be conveniently adjusted to alternative values by modifying the resistors in the feedback networks' resistive dividers.
To simulate and configure the L6981, L7983, and ST1PS03 step-down converters, you can use the eDesignSuite and eDSim software tools. It enables you to optimize the performance of the regulators meeting the specific needs of your application, before verifying the results on the evaluation board.