Design Project: DC Voltage Regulator
Discrete Semiconductor Devices and Circuits
It may seem difficult to even start on a project such as this, with no schematic diagram provided. Identify a few different sources of information where you might find sample voltage regulator circuits, to begin your design from.
Why do you suppose your instructor decided to challenge you with a project such as this, with no schematic diagram to follow and plenty of things to potentially go wrong?
Your circuit will no doubt use a zener diode to establish the reference voltage. The zener diode circuit itself (including the series “dropping” resistor) is incapable of supplying high current to a load. How, then, does your circuit manage to supply at least 2 amps to the load, when using a zener voltage reference?
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