The LM and LM78MXX series of three-terminal positive voltage regulators employ built-in current limiting thermal shutdown and safe-operating area. LM78M05 LM – 3-Terminal Positive Voltage Regulators, Package: to , Pin Nb=3. The LM and LM78MXX series of three-terminal positive voltage. Typical Performance Characteristics (Continued). Design Considerations. The LM78MXX/LMXX fixed voltage regulator series has built-in thermal overload .

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If you don’t have a large enough output capacitor the second one in your description then the output ripple will be greater than the datasheet predicts. Too low a voltage and the output will basically just be a voltage drop over the input, above that, up to the destruction point of the regulator, the output will vary slightly with input voltage within the tolerance of the specified regulated voltage.

If, as a result of it changing “stuff” internally, the input voltage also starts to change or the output changes too quickly then the changes the regulator made will have too much of an effect and it will have to undo the excess.

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Problems occur when it starts chasing its tail. To complicate matters further, the regulator will pass that surge back to the input side, pulling C1 lower in turn. That is actually a very broad question but here are a few pointers.

More simply you can usually double the typical recommendation without difficulty. That said, if you know you have a sensitive application, then start with the value doubled and reduce if you find the performance acceptable. You will usually get better performance from using decade capacitors rather than just scaling up the amount of bulk capacitance as this will increase the effectiveness of the capacitance over frequency rather than just increasing the amount in the one band where the existing capacitor is effective.


If you do this, your first regulator will need to come down to the final voltage plus the overhead voltage of the second regulator or the second regulator will be unable to regulate.

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It watches what happens on the datashest and adjusts “stuff” internally to make sure the output really a scaled-down version of the output always equals a desired value. Sign up or log in Sign up using Google.

What is the affect or symptoms I would see on the output voltage if the voltage regulator caps are undersized?

Those drops can be severe enough to trigger resets in your digital circuitry or worse, latching or conditions in your analog circuitry were there is a recovery time such as discharging filter capacitors. Similarly, if the input capacitor is really large, it will take longer for the regulator to come up to the required output voltage.

You might also lm78,05 adding a second regulator right next to your sensitive circuits this is called point-of-load regulation and is used in most PC motherboards, graphics cards, etc. The output capacitor should be sized as the datasheet typical and then up-sized if you find the ripple intolerable in your application.

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If however, it is coming from an already regulated supply, say your 12V rail, the capacitor can be much smaller. Let us consider your typical regulator circuit.


In regulators, the ESR equivalent series resistance, really impedance plays a more important role than the total capacitance itself as this parameter describes how well the capacitance inside is able to influence the voltage outside.

The regulator is a closed-loop system. The voltage out of the regulator is defined for a specific range of input voltages.

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Sign up using Facebook. As such, the balance of those capacitor sizes is, to a lm778m05 extent, dependent on the nature of the application. My LM78M05 datasheet From the datasheet, the first input cap is simply ‘required’ with no explanation as to why.

Specifically, the output will dafasheet slow to react to rapid changes in load current demand. The lower the ESR, the better the performance of the capacitor in regulator applications.

Input The input capacitor is required to stabilize the input voltage. The capacitor is there to “cancel” that inductance and ensure a slowly varying e.

For the optional second capacitor, I usually choose a nominal value and type as given by the datasheet but don’t really have a rule-of-thumb formula to increase that value if, say, the destination is very far away e. This corrective change can also overshoot the mark, requiring another corrective change What is a decade capacitor? Both of these can be problematic if the attached circuitry partially functions during that transition.