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FAQ# 26: How do I pick a voltage regulator that will be good for my circuit?

Steve Sandler Answers Your Voltage Regulator Questions (Power Electronics’ Q&A Series)

Power Electronics received a question about how to pick a voltage regulator that will be good for a specific circuit. We asked our expert, Steve Sandler to weigh in on the subject.

QUESTION: There are so many different voltage regulators on the market these days.  How do I pick one that will be good for my circuit?

ANSWER: Wow, this is a tough question, but also a good one.  I’ll try my best to answer it concisely.  Figures of merit are generally used for such decisions as they provide a quantitative comparison. Neglecting the cost for the moment there are seven significant figures of merit to consider.

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