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8: Voltage Regulation

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  • Learning Objectives

    After completing this chapter, you should be able to:

    • Understand the need and usefulness of voltage regulators.
    • Detail the difference between load and line regulation.
    • Detail the need for a stable reference voltage.
    • Describe the operation of a basic linear regulator.
    • Describe the operation of a basic switching regulator.
    • Outline the differences between linear and switching regulators, giving the advantages and disadvantages of each.
    • Detail the function of a pass transistor in both linear and switching regulators.
    • Utilize many of the popular linear IC regulators, such as the 78XX and 723.
    • Analyze system heat sink requirements.

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