# how to calculate capacitance value from esr chart?

ok so im using a TL760M33 that outputs 3.3V (500ma) and requires a 0.1uf,and 22uf tantalum capacitor. its only powering my bluetooth module which peak current is 100ma.and the module isnt always sending or receiving data. looking at the esr chart in the datasheet my esr value using 50ma should be 1.6 ohms.Which i can find a 22uf 1.6ohms esr capacitor,but no 0.1uf.so i read the sheet again and it says to use the esr chart to find the esr value and capacitance value.

How would i find another capacitance value besides 0.1uf from using the esr chart i cant seem to figure it out?or am i not understanding them correctly? -thanks

• Please use proper capitalisation and punctuation in your title and posts for legibility and clarity. It will make the author look smarter and will attract better responses. Commented Sep 21, 2016 at 16:36
• ya im not here to "look smart" im here to learn.I will definitely follow those guidelines so you dont have to keep posting around.
– user123646
Commented Sep 22, 2016 at 21:11

Looking at the "Stability Vs ESR" chart you do the following to calculate ESR for a given capacitance.

1) Select a capacitor value in farads.

2) Take the square root of that value to get sqrt(CL).

3) look at where sqrt(CL) value is on the vertical axis of the chart.

4) Go directly right on the chart until you hit the big black diagonal line that marks the region of stability.

5) Wherever you were on that line, go straight down and read the (1/ESR) value off the horizontal axis.

6) Take the reciprocal of that value. That will be the required ESR value.

You don't necessarily need to find a capacitor with the correct ESR. You can always just add a resistor in series with the capacitor to make the recommended ESR.

Note 1 in the datasheet is only recommending a tantalum capacitor on the output. Its not actually saying anything about what type of capacitor to use on the input. The graphs in the datasheet apply only to the ESR of the output capacitor. So you are free to just use a regular 0.1uF X7R type ceramic capacitor. The ESR on the input capacitor can be as low as you like (and you will probably get better performance if it is lower).

Also, the use of Tantalum capacitors on the output is just a recommendation. If you can find ceramic ones that have the right value they will also work. And will probably be much cheaper. You will just need to add the ESR for stability, since the ceramic ones have very low ESR.

• ok perfect thank you so much,i knew i wasnt understanding it 100% correctly.Also using a resistor in series with the capacitor to get the recommended esr never thought of that its so simple thanks.
– user123646
Commented Sep 22, 2016 at 21:17