Chapter 1

Performance enhancement techniques for three-terminal regulators

Jim Williams

Three terminal regulators provide a simple, effective solution to voltage regulation requirements. In many situations the regulator can be used with no special considerations. Some applications, however, require special techniques to enhance the performance of the device.

Probably the most common modification involves extending the output current of regulators. Conceptually, the simplest way to do this is by paralleling devices. In practice, the voltage output tolerance of the regulators can cause problems. Figure 1.1 shows a way to use two regulators to achieve an output current equal to their sum. This circuit capitalizes on the 1% output tolerance of the ...

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