Choose the right step-up/down voltage regulator for portable applications

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Reno Rossetti & Inyong Kim discuss about the power needs on portable devices and help us choose the right regulator.

A popular power source for portable devices is a single lithium-ion cell with 4.2V at full charge and 2.8V at end of discharge. However, some functions within portable electronics, such as a SIM card and DSP, require 2.8V and 3.3V. These are normally provided by low noise LDOs. The LDOs inputs (VCC) must be at a slightly higher voltage than the highest LDO output. Hence, VCC ends up right in the middle of the lithium-ion battery’s range of operation.

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