1.5A Negative LDO Offers Fast Transient Response, Low Output Noise & Precision Current Limit

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1.5A Negative LDO Offers Fast Transient Response,
Low Output Noise & Precision Current Limit
MILPITAS, CA – June 20, 2011 – Linear Technology Corporation announces the LT3015, a
1.5A negative low dropout linear regulator featuring fast transient response, low noise, and
precision current limit. With its wide input voltage range of -1.8V to -30V and adjustable output
voltage from -1.220V to -29.5V, the device’s common emitter NPN power transistor design
requires only a single supply and enables a low dropout voltage of 310mV (typical at full load).
Output voltage noise is only 60µVrms over a 10Hz to 100kHz bandwidth. The LT3015 features
operating current of 1.1mA and <1µA in shutdown, and quiescent current is well controlled in
dropout. The LT3015 is the negative complement to one of Linear’s popular positive LDOs, the
1.5A LT1963A, and is ideal for negative logic supplies, low noise instrumentation, industrial
supplies and for post-regulating switching supplies.
The LT3015’s reference-amplifier topology provides precision DC characteristics, as
well as good loop stability with an extremely wide range of output capacitors, including small,
low cost ceramic output capacitors. It is stable with only a 10µF output capacitor. These tiny
external capacitors can be used without the necessary addition of series resistance (ESR) as is
common with many other regulators. The LT3015 exhibits bidirectional shutdown capability that
allows the device to operate with either positive or negative logic levels. Moreover, due to the
LT3015’s high shutdown threshold accuracy, the SHDN pin can be used to set a programmable
undervoltage lockout (UVLO) threshold for the regulator input supply. Internal protection
circuitry for the IC includes reverse-output protection, precision current limiting with foldback to
keep the power transistor in its safe operating area, and thermal limiting with hysteresis.
The LT3015 is available in a low profile (0.75mm) 3mm x 3mm 8-lead DFN with
backside thermal pad, a 12-lead MSOP package with backside thermal pad, a through-hole
power TO-220 package, and a surface mount power DD-Pak package. E- and I-grade operating
junction temperature is -40°C to +125°C, and the MP grade is specified from -55°C to +125°C.
1000-piece pricing for the E, I and MP grades in DFN, MSOP, TO-220 / DD-Pak starts at $2.67
1.5A Negative LDO Offers Fast Transient Response,
Low Output Noise and Precision Current Limit
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Photo Caption: LT3015 1.5A Negative LDO
Summary of Features: LT3015
VIN Range: -1.8V to -30V
VOUT Range: -1.22V to -29.5V (Adjustable)
Dropout Voltage: 310mV
Output Current: 1.5A
Precision Current Limit with Foldback
Stable with 10µF Ceramic Output Capacitor
Low Output Noise (Without Additional Bypass Capacitor): 60µVrms
Precision Bidirectional SHDN Logic
Fast Transient Response
Operating Current: 1.1mA
Shutdown Current: <1µA
Tolerates Reverse Output Voltage
Thermal Limiting with Hysteresis
3mm x 3mm x 0.75mm DFN-8, MSOP-12, DD-Pak-5 & TO-220-5 Packages
About Linear Technology
Linear Technology Corporation, a member of the S&P 500, has been designing, manufacturing
and marketing a broad line of high performance analog integrated circuits for major companies
worldwide for three decades. The Company’s products provide an essential bridge between our
analog world and the digital electronics in communications, networking, industrial, automotive,
computer, medical, instrumentation, consumer, and military and aerospace systems. Linear
Technology produces power management, data conversion, signal conditioning, RF and interface
ICs, and µModule® subsystems.
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