I have a PCB that's designed to output 3.3V from a 5V source. The 5V source I'm currently using sources several amps (3A), though I only need about 100mA. I based the schematic on "Ultra-Low-Noise Fixed Voltage Application" circuit in the datasheet for MIC2505. For some reason when I plug in the power, I'm showing only 1.5V on the multimeter. Any ideas why this might be?

  • Regulator: MIC5205-3.3BM5
  • C1: 1uF / 16V ± 10% X7R Capacitor SMD-0603
  • C2: 2.2uF / 16V SMD Tantalum Capacitor ± 10%
  • C3: 470uF / 16V SMD Aluminum Capacitor

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You have a 470uF electrolytic capacitor connected to pin 4. Pin 4 is the bypass (noise reduction) capacitor pin and should be typically 470pF i.e. a million times smaller in value.

Try removing this capacitor and see what happens. I suspect that it's the hugeness of the 470uF causing instability.

Here's what the MIC5205 looks like internally: -

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As you can see the bypass capacitor is in parallel with the lower feedback resistor. Both feedback resistors are used to regulate to the correct voltage and with such a big cap placed here the output is liable to be unstable and what you read on a multimeter might appear to be a constant value DC but is probably the output switching up and down and a few kHz.

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