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LM2937 (ACTIVE) 500 mA Low Dropout Regulator

500 mA Low Dropout Regulator - LM2937


The LM2937 is a positive voltage regulator capable of supplying up to 500 mA of load current. The use of a PNP power transistor provides a low dropout voltage characteristic. With a load current of 500 mA the minimum input to output voltage differential required for the output to remain in regulation is typically 0.5 V (1-V ensured maximum over the full operating temperature range). Special circuitry has been incorporated to minimize the quiescent current to typically only 10 mA with a full 500-mA load current when the input to output voltage differential is greater than 3 V.

The LM2937 requires an output bypass capacitor for stability. As with most low dropout regulators, the ESR of this capacitor remains a critical design parameter, but the LM2937 includes special compensation circuitry that relaxes ESR requirements. The device is stable for all ESR below 3 Ω. This allows the use of low ESR chip capacitors.

Ideally suited for automotive applications, the LM2937 will protect itself and any load circuitry from reverse battery connections, two-battery jumps, and up to 60-V/−50-V load dump transients. Familiar regulator features such as short circuit and thermal shutdown protection are also built in.


  • Fully Specified for Operation Over −40°C
    to 125°C
  • Output Current in Excess of 500 mA
  • Output Trimmed for 5% Tolerance Under all Operating
  • Typical Dropout Voltage of 0.5 V at Full Rated Load
  • Wide Output Capacitor ESR Range, up to 3 Ω
  • Internal Short Circuit and Thermal Overload Protection
  • Reverse Battery Protection
  • 60-V Input Transient Protection
  • Mirror Image Insertion Protection


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Part number Order Output options Iout (Max) (A) Vin (Max) (V) Vin (Min) (V) Vout (Max) (V) Vout (Min) (V) Fixed output options (V) Package Group Features Regulated outputs (#) Operating temperature range (C) Thermal resistance θJA (°C/W) Noise (uVrms) Approx. price (US$) Rating PSRR @ 100 KHz (dB) Accuracy (%) Dropout voltage (Vdo) (Typ) (mV) Iq (Typ) (mA) Package size: mm2:W x L (PKG)
LM2937 Order now Fixed Output     0.5     26     6     15     5     5
DDPAK/TO-263 | 3
SOT-223 | 4
TO-220 | 3    
    1     -40 to 125
-40 to 85    
42     150     0.65 | 1ku     Catalog     57     5     500     2     3DDPAK/TO-263: 155 mm2: 15.24 x 10.16 (DDPAK/TO-263 | 3)
4SOT-223: 46 mm2: 7 x 6.5 (SOT-223 | 4)
3TO-220: 47 mm2: 4.58 x 10.16 (TO-220 | 3)