Fixed Positive Voltage Regulators

jojo October 4, 2009 2 Comments

5Volts to 24volts Voltage Regulators using 78XX series IC

7815 voltage regulator

7815 voltage regulator

15 volts Power Supply

15 volt power supply

15 volt power supply

The series 7800 regulators provide eight voltage options, ranging from 5 to 24 V. These ICs are designed as fixed voltage regulators and with adequate heat sinking can deliver output currents in excess of 1 A. Although these devices do not require any external component, such components can be employed for providing adjustable voltages and currents. These ICs also have internal thermal overload protection and internal short-circuit current limiting. Figure illustrates how one such IC, a 7815, is connected to provide voltage regulation with output of + 15 V dc from this unit. An unregulated, input voltage Vin is filtered by capacitor C, and connected to the pin .1 (IN terminal) of IC. The pin 2 (OUT terminal) of the IC provides a regulated + 15 V which is filtered by capacitor C2 (mostly for any high frequency noise). The third pin (GND terminal) of the IC is connected to ground. While the input voltage may vary over some permissible voltage range, and the output load may vary over some acceptable range, the output voltage remains constant within specified voltage variation limits. These limitations are mentioned in the manufacturer’s specification sheet. In addition, the difference between input and output voltages (Vin– Vout), callec the dropout voltage, must be typically 20 V, even during the low point on the input ripple voltage. Furthermore, the  capacitor  C1, is required if the regulator is located an appreciable distance from a power supply filter. Even though C2 is not required, it may be used to improve the transient response of the regulator.

IC 7805 as current source

IC 7805 as current source

The connection of a 7815 in a complete supply is shown in figure. The ac line voltage is stepped down to 24 Vrms across each half of the cen­tre-tapped transformer. A full-wave rectifier and capacitor filter then provides an unregulated dc voltage with ac ripple of a few volts as input to the voltage regulator. The 7815 IC then provides an output of + 15 V dc.

The 7800 regulators can also be employed as current sources. A typical connection diagram of 7805 IC as a 0.5 A current source is depicted in figure.

The current supplied to the load is given as

IL = VR / R + IQ

when Iq is quiescent current in amperes (4.3 m A typically for the 7805 IC)

In figure,        VR = V23 = 5 V and R = 10 ohms

So IL = 5/10 = 0.5A

The output voltage with respect to ground is

Vout = VR + VL

The load resistance, RL = 10 Ohms, therefore VL = 5 V

Thus   Vout = VR + VL = 5 + 5 = 10 V Minimum input voltage required,

Vin = Vout + dropout voltage = 10 + 2=12V

Specifications. The specification sheet of fixed positive voltage regulators of 7800 series is given below. Some considerations of a few of the more important parameters should be considered.

Absolute Maximum Ratings

Input voltage: 40 V

Continuous total power dissipation: 2 W

Operating free-air temperature range : – 65 to 150° C

Output Voltage.

The specification for the 7812 indicates that its nominal output voltage is 12 V but could be as low as 11.5 V or as high as 12.5 V.

Input or Line Regulation.

The input or line regulation is seen to be typically 3 mV, to a maximum of 120 mV.

Output or Load Regulation.

The output or load regulation is seen to be typically 4 mV to a maximum of 100 mV (for output currents from 0.25 to 0.75 A). It means that the output voltage can typically vary only 4 mV from the rated 12 V dc.

Short-circuit Output Current. The amount of current is limited to 350 m A if the output were to be short-circuited (may be by accident or by another faulty component). Peak Output Current. The typical peak output current that might be drawn from the supply is 2.2 A against rated maximum current of 1.5 A. It indicates that though the IC is rated as capable of providing 1.5 A, but somewhat more current can be drawn (possibly for a short duration of time).

Dropout Voltage. The dropout voltage, typically 2 V, is the minimum amount of voltage across the input-output terminals that is required to be maintained if the IC is to operate as a regulator. In case the input voltage falls too low or the output rises so that at least 2 V is not maintained across the input-output terminals of IC, the IC will no longer provide voltage regulation. So input voltage is maintained large enough to ensure that the dropout voltage is provided.

  • seetharaman
    May 21, 2010

    Mr Mark is absolutely correct it should be 2.0volt, printers devil. In the last paragraph “Dropout voltage” it is clearely written as 2 Volt.

  • May 20, 2010


    The dropout voltage is quoted as 20 volts but it SHOULD read 2(two) volts.
    Extract:(‘the dropout voltage, must be typically 20 V, even during….’).

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