Chapter 171

5V to 3.3V regulator with fail-safe switchover

Mitchell Lee


A 5V to 3.3V regulator with fail-safe switchover is described.


Linear regulator


Newer microprocessors designed for replacing existing 5V units operate from lower voltage supplies. In the past a processor swap was simply a matter of removing one IC and replacing it with an updated version. But now the upgrade path involves switching from a 5V chip to one that requires 3.xxV.

One means of changing supply voltage from 5V to 3.xxV is to clip a jumper that bypasses a local 3.xxV regulator. This is not a good solution since it leaves too much to chance. Failure to remove the jumper can result in the instant destruction of the new microprocessor ...

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