5V regulator generating 5.92V

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sujith.g

Joined Jul 7, 2015
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HI,

I have used the following 12V to 5V regulator. The part number is A6986F5V (STMicroelectronics). Problem is in 5 boards I designed and assembled I am getting different voltage outputs from the regulator ranging from 5.1V to 5.92V. But in my application, the maximum voltage I can accept is 5.2V. Please let me know what could be the reason for the extra voltage generated. Could it be soldering issue or any other problem with design.5V_Regulator.png
 

Dodgydave

Joined Jun 22, 2012
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What resistors have you got on pin 9 to set the output?

Get yourself a proper regulator like a Lm2596...
 
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Roderick Young

Joined Feb 22, 2015
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Are you measuring the output with a digital voltmeter, or something else? It could be that the output is just very noisy, and you are picking up the peak voltage of the noise. I would use a ceramic capacitor, not aluminum electrolytic, for C18, as it appears that your switching frequency is 500 kHz. If you cannot change C18, at least put some kind of ceramic capacitor with as short leads as possible between the FB pin and the SGND pin. 0.1 uF is better than nothing, but if you can do 10 or 22 uF, so much the better. Also, if L5 is a purchased part, is it suitable for this application?
 
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Bordodynov

Joined May 20, 2015
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I have seen the book, which the author described a similar case. He used a foreign regulator in its tester. In the study, he found work at the output of the stabilizer generation. He addressed to the author of the stabilizer and learned that a stabilizer designed for the current of at least 200mA. So I suggested to connect a resistor. In one my tester LM317 stabilizer is made at low output voltages 1.3V instead gave voltage 1.5V. When you hook up the load voltage becomes 1.3V.
 

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sujith.g

Joined Jul 7, 2015
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HI all,
Thanks for your reply. My end application is going to be automotive which requires several protection such as load dump, over voltage protection, load and line regulation, soft start etc. And the most important thing is my Regulator must be AEC qualified which is the reason I chose the following part A6986F5V. I feel it is only the IC problem as I faced that issue of output voltage going to 5.96V in only one of my boards. The rest of the boards are giving proper 5.0V,.5.1V.
 
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sujith.g

Joined Jul 7, 2015
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Are you measuring the output with a digital voltmeter, or something else? It could be that the output is just very noisy, and you are picking up the peak voltage of the noise. I would use a ceramic capacitor, not aluminum electrolytic, for C18, as it appears that your switching frequency is 500 kHz. If you cannot change C18, at least put some kind of ceramic capacitor with as short leads as possible between the FB pin and the SGND pin. 0.1 uF is better than nothing, but if you can do 10 or 22 uF, so much the better. Also, if L5 is a purchased part, is it suitable for this application?
HI Roderick,

Yes currently C18 is a tantalum cap. I will try changing it to ceramic 10uF and check if it helps. And the inductor I have chosen is AEC qualified. So I hope that doesn't create a problem.
 

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sujith.g

Joined Jul 7, 2015
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What resistors have you got on pin 9 to set the output?

Get yourself a proper regulator like a Lm2596...
HI,
Pin9 is actually the feedback pin. THis is a fixed voltage regulator so I am not setting any resistors as per the reference design in daasheet.
 

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sujith.g

Joined Jul 7, 2015
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Hi all,

Great news.!!!! Solved the problem. Was just a soldering issue. My bad.:rolleyes::rolleyes: I guess the thermal pad of the regulator (SGND) was not properly soldered to the pad. I resoldered it with an IrDA machine and it fixed the problem. I am getting a clean output voltage of 5.02V. Seems like the issue was the floating GND was acting as a fault trigger to shoot up the voltage to 5.89V. thank you all for your suggestions. :D:D:D
 
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