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Wire Loss Compensation Using a Current Referenced LDO

Wire Loss Compensation Using a Current Referenced LDO

This circuit shows a cable drop compensation circuit using a current referenced regulator, the LT3080. A precision 10μA set current, ISET, is sourced through two series connected resistors to program the output voltage for the remote load. To compensate for the load connecting cable drop requires sourcing an additional current into this resistor pair to increase the output voltage. The LT6110 provides a sourced current at the IMON pin which is also directly proportional to the current flowing to the load. This current is three times the normal IOUT current.




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