Dialog Semiconductor has been granted a patent for an integrated user-programmable slew-rate controlled soft-start for a low-dropout regulator. The invention includes a current steering stage, integrator stage, and Miller compensation capacitor to control the output voltage’s rise during power up. GlobalData’s report on Dialog Semiconductor gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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Integrated user programmable slew-rate controlled soft-start for low-dropout regulator

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: Dialog Semiconductor Ltd

A recently granted patent (Publication Number: US11914409B2) discloses a low-dropout regulator designed to efficiently control the output voltage. The regulator includes a transconductor, a capacitor, and an error amplifier with a current digital-to-analog converter and slew rate configuration circuit. The error amplifier generates an input current during start-up to charge the capacitor, controlling the slew of the output voltage. Additionally, a pair of transistors in the error amplifier steer the tail current based on the feedback voltage and reference voltage, ensuring precise voltage regulation.

Furthermore, the patent details a method for controlling the slew rate of the output voltage during the power-up period of the regulator. By converting a digital code in the current digital-to-analog converter to form the tail current and steering it through transistors in the error amplifier, the capacitor is charged to regulate the output voltage's rise. The regulator also compensates using the capacitor during normal operation, enhancing its overall performance. The innovative design includes a Miller compensation capacitor with a unique composition, including a metal-insulator-metal capacitor, a MOSFET capacitor, and a varactor, further improving the regulator's efficiency and stability.

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