SNVS288K September 2004 – September 2018 LM2734
This function forces VOUT to increase at a controlled rate during start up. During soft start, the error amplifier’s reference voltage ramps from 0 V to its nominal value of 0.8 V in approximately 200 µs. This forces the regulator output to ramp up in a more linear and controlled fashion, which helps reduce inrush current. Under some circumstances at start-up, an output voltage overshoot may still be observed. This may be due to a large output load applied during start-up. Large amounts of output external capacitance can also increase output voltage overshoot. A simple solution is to add a feed forward capacitor with a value between 470 pf and 1000 pf across the top feedback resistor (R1). See Figure 23 for further detail.