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tjencks 8th July 2013 09:08 PM

Good Regulator for 7 - 8ma load
I am looking to build a custom PCB for a THAT 1206 line receiver but need a regulator to supply power to the device. I've been reading through a lot of the regulator threads recently and have encountered a wealth of information. Sadly I'm not knowledgeable or skilled enough yet to take advantage of all that I have read.

I considered trying the Jung circuit as well as say the LT3032. I don't think I have seen a post stating there is a idle current sweet spot for the Jung circuit or if this would be based on parts selected, circuit topology, etc...

I was considering the LT3032 mostly due to simplicity as it provides a positive and negative reg in one IC.

I'm to deliver +/- 15v DC to the THAT 1206.

Any help or direction is greatly appreciated. Feel free to refer me to further reading if you think that the best method for me to arrive at a conclusion and suitable regulator.

JonSnell Electronic 8th July 2013 09:59 PM

Far too complicated for me. I would use a standard 7815 and 7915 regulator. Simple is best.:wchair:

tjencks 8th July 2013 10:17 PM

breaking things
I will take a look at the datasheets for 7815 / 7915 regulators.

and I think a lot of the time you are correct, if you don't understand something don't mess with it. However by breaking things often leads to quality learning the expense of a time and frustration :rolleyes:


gmphadte 9th July 2013 06:56 AM

Better use 317L/337L

Gajanan Phadte

tjencks 9th July 2013 05:36 PM

Regulator performance for low current applications

I believe while reading through John Bau's thread on this forum I saw that he discovered some fairly bad non-linear behavior in the 317/337 in the absence of enough idle current.

Otherwise I would be inclined to simply use the setup and values he obtained through his extensive testing.

I will admit I can't remember now what was non-linear, perhaps not in terms of noise but in terms of impedance or phase as that was the work John was doing I believe.

I'm really kinda wondering what the measured behavior is for a Jung style regulator with such a low idle current.

Anyone have an opinion on the looks quite nice though expensive. I really wish I could afford all the nifty test gear to answer a lot of these questions. Then again I really wish I knew how to use and analyze the results of all the fancy test gear.

I work for a router manufacturer and I'm sure I could get access to all sorts of high end equipment though I'd need someone to give me very detailed guidance on what and how to measure.


Mark Johnson 10th July 2013 03:15 PM

One approach would be to use John Bau's final LM337/LT1085 circuit, and then connect a 330 ohm, 2 watt resistor from regulated +15V to ground, and another 330 ohm, 2 watt resistor from regulated -15V to ground. Presto, now you're delivering 7-8 mA to the load (THAT 1206), and delivering another 45 mA to each of these 330 ohm resistors. The regulator ICs each have a load current of 53 mA, so John Bau's min-current criterion is met.

But of course this requires an unregulated power supply which can deliver such a gigantic amount of power (15V x 53mA x 2 rails = 1.6 watts). If you're using batteries as the unregulated power supply, it may not be feasible. If you're using a mains transformer + rectifiers + filter capacitors, it will probably be easy.

Another approach would be to implement a constant current source + shunt regulator for each rail. Set the constant current source for something greater than 8 mA, and set the shunt for 15 volts. Done. The lower you set the CCS, the less power you "waste" in the regulator. This gives you, the designer, a trade-off knob that you can adjust and twirl however you wish: Battery life vs. line_regulation & load_regulation.

Headbanger 10th July 2013 04:04 PM

What about simple CCS + TL431. For such a small amount of current shunt reg is good option.

iko 10th July 2013 04:35 PM

The Salas simplistic shunt reg will run circles around most. It's here, on this forum.

FoMoCo 10th July 2013 04:39 PM

I can't help but think the 78(9)L15 is good enough. Other (more complex) solutions may give you cleaner power, but the PSRR of the IC is good enough. You'll never hear the difference.

tjencks 10th July 2013 06:29 PM

All thanks very much for the very useful suggestions. transistormarkj I was wondering if it would be feasible to use resistors to draw the necessary current to put the regulators in their most comfy current range.

Indeed the THAT 1206 does have excellent PSRR, however one nice thing about DIY is you get to implement over the top designs if you so choose so while I might not be able to hear the difference, I would be able to sleep at night:D

I was considering the use of the Salas shut reg, not sure how it does with low current draw and I guess I should pile a few more ... well lets not say requirements but nice to haves into this topic.

I'd like to keep the PCB as small as possible and still achieve excellent regulator performance. I intend to implement the THAT 1206 + power supply on one PCB. So this means using SMD components. This is why I was considering the LT3032 but I guess there aren't many folks how have experience with that part.

I will write a bit more about my intended application a bit later and perhaps mock up a PCB based on transistormarkj suggestion.

Again thanks everyone for the responses.

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