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Old 9th January 2004, 01:13 PM   #1
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Default help LM317/337 Slow-on design.

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I'm in the process of putting together a PSU and the LM317/337 regulators are my regulators of choice.

Basically i'm trying to make a slow-on design regulated at 15v with virtual ground. The datasheet for the LM317 had a design in it but i'm almost certain that the pnp transistor simply can't be flipped for the LM337 (which has nothing in it's datasheet about slow-on).

Here's what i have so far:

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C4 = 0.1uf film
D2 = UF4002
VR1 = LM317
VR2 = LM337
R1 = 2.7Kohm
R2 = 240ohm
R3 = 50Kohm
D3 = 1N4004 (can't get 1N4002)
C5 = 25uf electrolytic
Q1 = 2n2905

I'm certain the negative side to the voltage regulator is wrong because of Q1b. That said is their any other transistor i can use for Q1a as well since i can't get the 2n2905. (I can get 2n2907 if they are interchangeable.)

Sorry i know very little about transistors.
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Old 9th January 2004, 06:06 PM   #2
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Here it is, and it works:
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Old 9th January 2004, 06:10 PM   #3
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For LM337, you need NPN transistor.
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Yeah that was the diagram i was working from. Can you please be a little more specific. I know nothing of transistors like i said before.

The 2n2907 is PNP. Can i use it instead of 2n2905 in the diagram?

And what would be an appropriate NPN replacement?
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Old 10th January 2004, 07:11 AM   #5
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Well, I believe that every small transistor will work in this circuit. I have built it with BC327 (pnp) for LM317 and BC337 (npn) for LM337. For LM337, use npn transistor and turn all the electrolytes, compared to original schematics for LM317.

I have added 10uF capacitor accros 2.7k resistor (emitter-collector of pnp transisstor). I have also added protection diodes accross LM317 and LM337.

In case that you are interested, send me an e-mail and I will draw the complete circuit for you.
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Old 10th January 2004, 05:00 PM   #6
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Well, here it is for everyone.
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Old 10th January 2004, 07:50 PM   #7
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looks good. I have just one dumb question: Since I've not experienced turn-on thumps in things I've built that would take a +/-15 PS, I'm curious to know what uses benefit from slow turn on.

Mind you, the benefit is quite clear to me in the case of a power amp, but for line level stuff . . .??
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Not sure about the line level stuff either but this is being made for a opamp, and boy does my last simply design have thumps. I unplug my headphones before i turn it on i'm that afraid thoes thumps are nasty.

Thanks a lot guys.
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Old 11th January 2004, 08:21 AM   #9
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The circuit shown will reduce thumps at line-level amps based on opamps, not completely remove. This depends on circuit design and opamps used. OpAmp will start to operate when supply voltage reach some +/-2V to +/-3V. The thump is greatly reduced, as the thump swing is limited by instantly lower supply voltage. The circuit is verified and used in one of my products.

Output voltage of the slow-turn power supply rise according to exponential curve.
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As long as they are quieter it's all good

It's gonna take me a few hours to come up with the PCB for this project though
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