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Don’t Assume Top LDO, Switcher Attributes Always Apply (.PDF Download)

Every design begins with some assumptions, because you have to start somewhere. But as the design moves along, it’s often important and necessary to double-check if those assumptions are actually valid for the specific case. When a design needs a small dc-dc converter, the choices are between the low-dropout (LDO) and switching topologies. Each has differing characteristics and attributes, but each also has a “tag” with which it’s closely associated.

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