Capacitor-Free, Low Drop-Out Linear Regulator in a 180 nm CMOS for Hearing Aids

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This paper presents a capacitor-free low dropout (LDO) linear regulator based on a new dual loop topology. The regulator utilizes the feedback loops to satisfy the challenges for hearing aid devices, which include fast transient performance and small voltage spikes under rapid load-current changes. The proposed design works without the need of an off-chip discrete capacitor connected at the output and operates with 0-100 pF capacitive load. The design has been implemented in a 0.18 µm CMOS process. The proposed regulator has a low component count and is suitable for system-on-chip integration. It regulates the output voltage at 0.9 V from 1.0 V - 1.4 V supply. A current step load from 250-500 µA with an edge time (rise and fall time) of 1 ns results at ∆Vout of 64 mV with a settling time of 3 µs when CL = 0. The power supply rejection ratio (PSRR) at 1 kHz is 63 dB.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of 2016 IEEE NorCAS Conference
Number of pages5
Publication date2016
ISBN (Print)978-1-5090-1095-0
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Event2016 IEEE NorCAS Conference - Copenhagen, Denmark
Duration: 1 Nov 20162 Nov 2016


Conference2016 IEEE NorCAS Conference
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