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Choosing the optimum voltage reference

Posted: 14 Jan 2014     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:voltage reference  design trade-offs  current drive  power dissipation 

What could be more basic than a voltage reference—a simple, constant reference voltage? You can find voltage references inside almost any advanced electronic product, either stand-alone or integrated into larger functions. Understanding the technology as well as the system error budget is an important design consideration.

As with all design topics, there are trade-offs. This article discusses the different types of voltage references, their key specifications, and the design trade-offs, including accuracy, temperature-independence, current drive capability, power dissipation, stability, noise, and cost.

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Originally published by Maxim Integrated at as "Selecting the Optimum Voltage Reference".

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