342843 2843 - Pololu 5V, 500mA Step-Down Voltage Regulator D24V5F5

2843 - Pololu 5V, 500mA Step-Down Voltage Regulator D24V5F5

The compact D24V5F5 synchronous buck voltage regulator takes an input voltage of up to 36 V and efficiently reduces it to 5 V while allowing for a maximum output current of 500 mA.
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The compact (0.4″ × 0.5″) D24V5F5 synchronous buck voltage regulator takes an input voltage of up to 36 V and efficiently reduces it to 5 V while allowing for a maximum output current of 500 mA. This regulator offers typical efficiencies between 85% and 90% and has a very low dropout, so it can be used with input voltages as low as a few hundred millivolts above 5 V. The pins have a 0.1″ spacing, making this board compatible with standard solderless breadboards and perfboards.

The D24V5Fx family of buck (step-down) voltage regulators generates lower output voltages from input voltages as high as 36 V. They are switching regulators (also called switched-mode power supplies (SMPS) or DC-to-DC converters) and have a typical efficiency between 80% to 93%, which is much more efficient than linear voltage regulators, especially when the difference between the input and output voltage is large. These regulators have a power-save mode that activates at light loads and a low quiescent (no load) current draw, which make them well suited for low-power applications that are run from a battery. 

The regulators feature short-circuit/over-current protection, and thermal shutdown helps prevent damage from overheating. The boards do not have reverse-voltage protection.

  • Input voltage:
    • 3 V to 36 V for output voltages of 1.8 V and 2.5 V
    • [output voltage + dropout voltage] to 36 V for output voltages of 3.3 V and higher (see below for more information on dropout voltage)
  • Fixed 1.8 V, 2.5 V, 3.3 V, 5 V, 6 V, 9 V, 12 V, or 15 V output (depending on regulator version) with 4% accuracy
  • Maximum output current: 500 mA
  • Typical efficiency of 80% to 93%
  • 500 kHz switching frequency (when not in power-save mode)
  • 200 μA typical no-load quiescent current
  • Integrated over-temperature and over-current shutoff
  • Small size: 0.5″ × 0.4″ × 0.1″ (13 mm × 10 mm × 3 mm)

The buck regulator has four connections: shutdown (SHDN), input voltage (VIN), ground (GND), and output voltage (VOUT).

The SHDN pin can be driven low (under 0.4 V) to turn off the output and put the board into a low-power state. There is a 100 kΩ pull-up resistor between the SHDN pin and VIN, so if you want to leave the board permanently enabled, the SHDN pin can be left disconnected. While the SHDN pin is being driven low, the current draw of the regulator is dominated by the current through the pull-up resistor and will be proportional to the input voltage. (At 36 V in it will draw about 360 μA.)

The input voltage, VIN, powers the regulator. Voltages between 3 V and 36 V can be applied to VIN, but for versions of the regulator that have an output voltage higher than 3 V, the effective lower limit of VIN is VOUT plus the regulator’s dropout voltage, which varies approximately linearly with the load (see below for graphs of dropout voltages as a function of the load). Additionally, please be wary of destructive LC spikes (see below for more information).

The output voltage, VOUT, is fixed and depends on the regulator version: the D24V5F1 version outputs 1.5 V, D24V5F2 version outputs 2.5 V, the D24V5F3 version outputs 3.3 V, the D24V5F5 version outputs 5 V, the D24V5F6 version outputs 6 V, the D24V5F9 version outputs 9 V, the D24V5F12 version outputs 12 V, and the D24V5F15 version outputs 15 V

The four connections are labeled on the back side of the PCB and are arranged with a 0.1″ spacing along the edge of the board for compatibility with solderless breadboards, connectors, and other prototyping arrangements that use a 0.1″ grid. You can solder wires directly to the board or solder in either the 4×1 straight male header strip or the 4×1 right-angle male header strip that is included.

Dimensions

Size: 0.4″ × 0.5″ × 0.1″1
Weight: 0.6 g1

General specifications

Minimum operating voltage: 5.1 V2
Maximum operating voltage: 36 V
Maximum output current: 500 mA
Output voltage: 5 V
Reverse voltage protection?: N
Maximum quiescent current: 0.2 mA3

Notes:

1
Without included optional headers.
2
For small loads; this voltage rises approximately linearly up to 5.6 V at 500 mA output.
3
While enabled (SHDN = HIGH) with no load; while disabled it is proportional to the input voltage (360 μA when the input is 36 V).

Intersil ISL85415 regulator datasheet (1MB pdf)

Pololu 500mA Step-Down Voltage Regulator D24V5Fx schematic diagram (163k pdf)

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