SBVS311A November 2019 – March 2020 TPS7A54
Soft start refers to the ramp-up characteristic of the output voltage during LDO turnon after EN and UVLO achieve threshold voltage. The noise-reduction capacitor serves a dual purpose of both governing output noise reduction and programming the soft-start ramp during turnon.
Inrush current is defined as the current into the LDO at the IN pin during start-up. Inrush current then consists primarily of the sum of load current and the current used to charge the output capacitor. This current is difficult to measure because the input capacitor must be removed, which is not recommended. However, Equation 3 can estimate this soft-start current: