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It has been suggested that this article be merged into Voltage regulator. In electronics, a linear regulator is a system used to maintain a steady voltage. The resistance of the regulator varies in accordance with the load resulting in a constant output voltage. The output voltage is compared to a reference voltage to produce a control signal to the transistor which will drive its gate or base. With negative feedback and good choice of compensation, the output voltage is kept reasonably constant. All linear regulators require an input voltage at least some minimum amount higher than the desired output voltage.
That minimum amount is called the dropout voltage. For example, a common regulator such as the 7805 has an output voltage of 5V, but can only maintain this if the input voltage remains above about 7V, before the output voltage begins sagging below the rated output. In this situation, something like a switched-mode power supply of the “boost” type or a charge pump must be used. Linear regulators exist in two basic forms: shunt regulators and series regulators. Most linear regulators have a maximum rated output current.
This is generally limited by either power dissipation capability, or by the current carrying capability of the output transistor. The current through the shunt regulator is diverted away from the load and flows uselessly to ground, making this form usually less efficient than the series regulator. The image shows a simple shunt voltage regulator that operates by way of the Zener diode’s action of maintaining a constant voltage across itself when the current through it is sufficient to take it into the Zener breakdown region. Zener voltage, and IR2 is the required load current. Adding an emitter follower stage to the simple shunt regulator forms a simple series voltage regulator and substantially improves the regulation of the circuit. Here, the load current IR2 is supplied by the transistor whose base is now connected to the Zener diode.
DC current gain for the transistor. This circuit has much better regulation than the simple shunt regulator, since the base current of the transistor forms a very light load on the Zener, thereby minimising variation in Zener voltage due to variation in the load. Note that the output voltage will always be about 0. 65V less than the Zener due to the transistor’s VBE drop.
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