SLVS389M September   2002  – September 2015 TPS786


  1. Features
  2. Applications
  3. Description
  4. Revision History
  5. Pin Configuration and Functions
  6. Specifications
    1. 6.1 Absolute Maximum Ratings
    2. 6.2 ESD Ratings
    3. 6.3 Recommended Operating Conditions
    4. 6.4 Thermal Information
    5. 6.5 Electrical Characteristics
    6. 6.6 Typical Characteristics
  7. Detailed Description
    1. 7.1 Overview
    2. 7.2 Functional Block Diagrams
    3. 7.3 Feature Description
      1. 7.3.1 Regulator Protection
    4. 7.4 Device Functional Modes
  8. Application and Implementation
    1. 8.1 Application Information
      1. 8.1.1 Programming the TPS78601 Adjustable LDO Regulator
    2. 8.2 Typical Application
      1. 8.2.1 Design Requirements
      2. 8.2.2 Detailed Design Procedure
        1. External Capacitor Requirements
      3. 8.2.3 Application Curves
  9. Power Supply Recommendations
  10. 10Layout
    1. 10.1 Layout Guidelines
    2. 10.2 Layout Examples
    3. 10.3 Regulator Mounting
    4. 10.4 Power Dissipation
      1. 10.4.1 Estimating Junction Temperature
  11. 11Device and Documentation Support
    1. 11.1 Device Support
      1. 11.1.1 Development Support
        1. Evaluation Modules
        2. Spice Models
      2. 11.1.2 Device Nomenclature
    2. 11.2 Documentation Support
      1. 11.2.1 Related Documentation
    3. 11.3 Community Resources
    4. 11.4 Trademarks
    5. 11.5 Electrostatic Discharge Caution
    6. 11.6 Glossary
  12. 12Mechanical, Packaging, and Orderable Information



8 Application and Implementation


Information in the following applications sections is not part of the TI component specification, and TI does not warrant its accuracy or completeness. TI’s customers are responsible for determining suitability of components for their purposes. Customers should validate and test their design implementation to confirm system functionality.

8.1 Application Information

The TPS786 family of low-dropout (LDO) regulators has been optimized for use in noise-sensitive equipment. The device features extremely low dropout voltages, high PSRR, ultralow-output noise, low quiescent current (265 μA, typically), and enable input to reduce supply currents to less than 1 μA when the regulator is turned off.

8.1.1 Programming the TPS78601 Adjustable LDO Regulator

The output voltage of the TPS78601 adjustable regulator is programmed using an external resistor divider as shown in Figure 26. The output voltage is calculated using Equation 1:

Equation 1. TPS786 q_vo_vref-lvs389.gif


  • VREF = 1.2246 V typical (the internal reference voltage)

Resistors R1 and R2 should be chosen for approximately 40-μA divider current. Lower value resistors can be used for improved noise performance, but the device wastes more power. Higher values should be avoided, as leakage current at FB increases the output voltage error.

The recommended design procedure is to choose R2 = 30.1 kΩ to set the divider current at 40 μA, C1 = 15 pF for stability, and then calculate R1 using Equation 2.

Equation 2. TPS786 q_r1_vo_vref-lvs389.gif

To improve the stability of the adjustable version, TI suggests placing a small compensation capacitor between OUT and FB.

The approximate value of this capacitor can be calculated using Equation 3:

Equation 3. TPS786 q_c1_r1_r2-lvs389.gif

The suggested value of this capacitor for several resistor ratios is shown in Figure 26. If this capacitor is not used (such as in a unity-gain configuration), then the minimum recommended output capacitor is 2.2 μF instead of 1 μF.

TPS786 ai_adj_ldo_prog_lvs389.gif Figure 26. TPS78601 Adjustable LDO Regulator Programming

8.2 Typical Application

A typical application circuit is shown in Figure 27.

TPS786 ai_typ_app_cir_lvs389.gif Figure 27. Typical Application Circuit

8.2.1 Design Requirements

Table 1 shows the design parameters for this application.

Table 1. Design Parameters

VIN (from DCDC) Minimum = 4 V
Maximum = 5.5 V
VOUT 3 V ± –1%
IOUT Minimum = 1 mA
Maximum = 1.5 A
PSRR at 1K >50 db
Noise at 1K <20 µV/√Hz

8.2.2 Detailed Design Procedure

Select TPS78630 to satisfy the VOUT requirements. The fixed version of the device is chosen to save board space and reduce BOM cost.

Use a 2.2-uF capacitor on both the input and output to satisfy the capacitor requirements. Select a 0.1-uF NR capacitor to satisfy the noise requirement. External Capacitor Requirements

A 2.2-μF or larger ceramic input bypass capacitor, connected between IN and GND and located close to the TPS786, is required for stability and improves transient response, noise rejection, and ripple rejection. A higher-value input capacitor may be necessary if large, fast-rise-time load transients are anticipated and the device is located several inches from the power source.

Like most low-dropout regulators, the TPS786 requires an output capacitor connected between OUT and GND to stabilize the internal control loop. The minimum recommended capacitor is 1 μF. Any 1-μF or larger ceramic capacitor is suitable.

The internal voltage reference is a key source of noise in an LDO regulator. The TPS786 has an NR pin that is connected to the voltage reference through a 250-kΩ internal resistor. The 250-kΩ internal resistor, in conjunction with an external bypass capacitor connected to the NR pin, creates a low pass filter to reduce the voltage reference noise and, therefore, the noise at the regulator output. For the regulator to operate properly, the current flow out of the NR pin must be at a minimum, because any leakage current creates an IR drop across the internal resistor, thus creating an output error. Therefore, the bypass capacitor must have minimal leakage current. The bypass capacitor should be no more than 0.1-μF to ensure that it is fully charged during the quickstart time provided by the internal switch shown in Functional Block Diagrams.

For example, the TPS78630 exhibits only 48 μVRMS of output voltage noise using a 0.1-μF ceramic bypass capacitor and a 10-μF ceramic output capacitor. The output starts up slower as the bypass capacitance increases due to the RC time constant at the bypass pin that is created by the internal 250-kΩ resistor and external capacitor.

8.2.3 Application Curves

TPS786 tc_rr_f_1-lvs389.gif Figure 28. Ripple Rejection vs Frequency
TPS786 tc_osnd_f_1-lvs389.gif Figure 29. Output Spectral Noise Density vs