A low-power, high-bandwidth LDO voltage regulator with no external capacitor
Author(s)Ha, Miranda J. (Miranda Joy)
Low-power, high-bandwidth low-dropout voltage regulator with no external capacitor
Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.
Matt Rowley and Joel L. Dawson.
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A low-dropout (LDO) voltage regulator for low-power applications is designed without an external capacitor for compensation. The regulator has two stages, the first a folded cascode amplifier and the second a large pass transistor acting as a common-source amplifier. To better explore the tradeoff between bandwidth and power supply rejection, transistor dimensions are modified to support three different bias current levels for the same topology. Tradeoffs involving phase margin and load capacitance are also explored. In simulation, the regulator provided an output of 1.3 V from an unregulated 1.8 V supply, using a 0.75 V reference. By exploiting the tradeoffs between PSRR, bandwidth, and power consumption, a PSRR between 40-60 dB is achieved with a bandwidth between 10 kHz-350 kHz while burning no more than 150 pA of current. The output voltage is stable for load currents between 18-174 mA.
This electronic version was submitted by the student author. The certified thesis is available in the Institute Archives and Special Collections.Thesis (M. Eng.)--Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dept. of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, 2008.Includes bibliographical references (p. 38).
DepartmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.