MCP1703T-5002E/DB 250 mA, 16V, Low Quiescent Current

Manufacturer part numberMCP1703T-5002E/DB
Part NumberMCP1703T-5002EDB
Peak Output Current500mA
Storage temperature-65 ~ 150°C
Maximum Junction Temperature150°C

250 mA, 16V, Low Quiescent Current


  • 2.0 µA Typical Quiescent Current
  • Input Operating Voltage Range: 2.7V to16.0V
  • 250 mA Output Current for Output Voltages ≥ 2.5V
  • 200 mA Output Current for Output Voltages < 2.5V
  • Low Drop Out Voltage, 625 mV typical @ 250 mA for VR = 2.8V
  • 0.4% Typical Output Voltage Tolerance
  • Standard Output Voltage Options (1.2V, 1.5V, 1.8V, 2.5V, 2.8V, 3.0V, 3.3V, 4.0V, 5.0V)
  • Output voltage range 1.2V to 5.5V in 0.1V increments (50 mV increments available upon request)
  • Stable with 1.0 µF to 22 µF output capacitance
  • Short-Circuit Protection
  • Overtemperature Protection


  • Battery-powered Devices
  • Battery-powered Alarm Circuits
  • Smoke Detectors
  • CO2 Detectors
  • Pagers and Cellular Phones
  • Smart Battery Packs
  • Low Quiescent Current Voltage Reference
  • PDAs
  • Digital Cameras
  • Microcontroller Power
  • Solar-Powered Instruments
  • Consumer Products
  • Battery Powered Data Loggers


The MCP1703 is a family of CMOS low dropout (LDO) voltage regulators that can deliver up to 250 mA of current while consuming only 2.0 µA of quiescent current (typical). The input operating range is specified from 2.7V to 16.0V, making it an ideal choice for two to six primary cell battery-powered applications, 9V alkaline and one or two cell Li-Ion-powered applications.

The MCP1703 is capable of delivering 250 mA with only 625 mV (typical) of input to output voltage differential (VOUT = 2.8V). The output voltage tolerance of the MCP1703 is typically ±0.4% at +25°C and ±3% maximum over the operating junction temperature range of -40°C to +125°C. Line regulation is ±0.1% typical at +25°C.

Output voltages available for the MCP1703 range from 1.2V to 5.5V. The LDO output is stable when using only 1 µF of output capacitance. Ceramic, tantalum or aluminum electrolytic capacitors can all be used for input and output. Overcurrent limit and overtemperature shutdown provide a robust solution for any application. Package options include the SOT-223-3, SOT-23A, and SOT-89-3.

Related Literature

  • AN765, “Using Microchip’s Micropower LDOs”, DS00765, Microchip Technology Inc., 2002
  • AN766, “Pin-Compatible CMOS Upgrades to BiPolar LDOs”, DS00766, Microchip Technology Inc., 2002
  • AN792, “A Method to Determine How Much Power a SOT23 Can Dissipate in an Application”, DS00792, Microchip Technology Inc., 2001

Ground Terminal (GND)

Regulator ground. Tie GND to the negative side of the output and the negative side of the input capacitor. Only the LDO bias current (2.0 µA typical) flows out of this pin; there is no high current. The LDO output regulation is referenced to this pin. Minimize voltage drops between this pin and the negative side of the load.

Regulated Output Voltage (VOUT)

Connect VOUT to the positive side of the load and the positive terminal of the output capacitor. The positive side of the output capacitor should be physically located as close to the LDO VOUT pin as is practical. The current flowing out of this pin is equal to the DC load current.

Unregulated Input Voltage (VIN)

Connect VIN to the input unregulated source voltage. Like all low dropout linear regulators, low source impedance is necessary for the stable operation of the LDO. The amount of capacitance required to ensure low source impedance will depend on the proximity of the input source capacitors or battery type. For most applications, 1 µF of capacitance will ensure stable operation of the LDO circuit. For applications that have load currents below 100 mA, the input capacitance requirement can be lowered. The type of capacitor used can be ceramic, tantalum or aluminum electrolytic. The low ESR characteristics of the ceramic will yield better noise and PSRR performance at highfrequency

Output Regulation

A portion of the LDO output voltage is fed back to the internal error amplifier and compared with the precision internal band-gap reference. The error amplifier output will adjust the amount of current that flows through the P-Channel pass transistor, thus regulating the output voltage to the desired value. Any changes in input voltage or output current will cause the error amplifier to respond and adjust the output voltage to the target voltage (refer to Figure 4-1).


The MCP1703 internal circuitry monitors the amount of current flowing through the P-Channel pass transistor. In the event of a short-circuit or excessive output current, the MCP1703 will turn off the P-Channel device for a short period, after which the LDO will attempt to restart. If the excessive current remains, the cycle will repeat itself.


The internal power dissipation within the LDO is a function of input-to-output voltage differential and load current. If the power dissipation within the LDO is excessive, the internal junction temperature will rise above the typical shutdown threshold of 150°C.

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