2-5. Auto discharge function of LDO regulators

Figure 2.5.1 Auto discharge function of LDO regulators

An electronic system consists of multiple ICs and circuits. For the system to work properly, it is necessary to set a power supply sequence, i.e., the order in which to supply power to the constituent ICs and circuits. A relatively large capacitor is connected to the VOUT pin of an LDO regulator in order to smooth the output voltage. After the LDO regulator is turned off, this smoothing capacitor remains charged for a while, depending on the supply current of the subsequent IC or circuit. This makes it difficult to set the required power supply sequence. When an LDO regulator turns off, the auto discharge function discharges the smoothing capacitor quickly via the internal N-channel MOSFET connected between the VOUT and GND pins, thereby simplifying power supply sequencing.

Figure 2.5.2 a description of auto discharge

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Application note: Basics of Low-Dropout (LDO) Regulator ICs

FAQ: How can I quickly bring the output voltage of a circuit with an LDO to zero in order to set a power supply sequence for the load IC?

You can perform a parametric search of LDO regulators with an auto discharge function:

Parametric search of LDO regulators with an auto discharge function

Chapter2 Convenient functions of LDO

2-1. Useful functions available with LDO regulators
2-2. Overcurrent protection operation of LDO regulators
2-3. Thermal shutdown (TSD) operation of LDO regulators
2-4. Inrush current reduction function of LDO regulators
2-6. Undervoltage lockout (UVLO) function of LDO regulators

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