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.