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Modern Component Families and Circuit Block Design by Nihal Kularatna

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Chapter 1

Voltage References and Voltage Regulators

Dileeka Dia

1.1 Introduction

Almost all electronic systems utilize a regulated power supply as an essential requirement. Most systems need a precision voltage reference as well. In the past, the task of voltage regulation was tediously accomplished with discrete devices. Today, with integrated circuit voltage references and regulators, this task has been significantly simplified. Not only can an extremely high precision be obtained, but also an extremely high degree of temperature stability.

The performance of today’s electronic devices such as microprocessors, test and measuring instruments, and sophisticated portable and handheld equipment is directly related to the quality of the supply voltage. ...

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