Full On-Chip CMOS Low-Dropout Voltage Regulator Academic Article uri icon


  • This paper proposes a solution to the present bulky external capacitor low-dropout (LDO) voltage regulators with an external capacitorless LDO architecture. The large external capacitor used in typical LDOs is removed allowing for greater power system integration for system-on-chip (SoC) applications. A compensation scheme is presented that provides both a fast transient response and full range alternating current (ac) stability from 0- to 50-mA load current even if the output load is as high as 100 pF. The 2.8-V capacitorless LDO voltage regulator with a power supply of 3 V was fabricated in a commercial 0.35-μm CMOS technology, consuming only 65 μA of ground current with a dropout voltage of 200 mV. Experimental results demonstrate that the proposed capacitorless LDO architecture overcomes the typical load transient and ac stability issues encountered in previous architectures. © 2007 IEEE.

altmetric score

  • 9

author list (cited authors)

  • Milliken, R. J., Silva-Martínez, J., & Sánchez-Sinencio, E.

citation count

  • 336

publication date

  • September 2007