# Feedback in LM2574

I wonder what is the purpose of 'R66' at the feedback terminal of LM2574? I have seen its datasheet but I cannot find info about this. Instead of a single resistor there is a voltage divider shown in the datasheet to adjust the output voltage. Is this circuit correct or any mistake in it?

If it is correct then what will be the approx. output voltage of this circuit?

Look at the datasheet, section 7.2, the functional block diagram:

Note how the Feedback pin connects to a resistor voltage divider (R1, R2) which generates an error signal which goes into the Error Amplifier. This error signal is compared against a 1.23 V reference voltage.

If you add a resistor in series with pin 1 as shown in your schematic then this added resistor is simply in series with R1. That then changes the voltage division ratio of the voltage divider which now consists of (R66 + R2) and R1. That then means that the output voltage of the buck converter will become somewhat higher. So much higher that the + input of Error Amplifier again sees 1.23 V (same voltage as it sees on its - input).

It depends on which version of the LM2574 you have (3.3 V, 5 V, 12 V, 15 V or adjustable) what the actual output voltage will be. How to calculate the output voltage: Determine the values of all resistors in the voltage divider, take into account which version of the LM2574 you use, then calculate the division ratio Vout/Vref where Vref is the voltage at the input of the Error Amplifier. As Vref is always 1.23 V the output voltage will be Vref times that Vout/Vref ratio.

So: R66 in series with the feedback pin increases the output voltage of the buck converter.

• I was under the impression that the resistors found in an IC/VLSI process are poorly specified with respect to their actual value, but are generally precise in ratio. This would mean that from lot to lot, the necessary value of R66 would need to change. Is this the case in practice, or are these resistors somehow manufactured to be more accurate? – Andrey Akhmetov Feb 18 at 18:12
• You're right, the value of R66 you need (to get a certain output voltage) depends on the value of the internal resistors. R66 will not match with the internal resistors. Since the LM2574 versions with the fixed output voltage are designed to not have that extra resistor, the design can rely on the ratio of the internal resistors, which can be quite accurate to no trimming (using a laser to trim the resistors to the right value) isn't needed. Trimming is expensive (extra step to do) so TI will for sure not do that if not needed. – Bimpelrekkie Feb 18 at 18:50
• For the LM2574 with the variable output voltage, you're supposed to add the complete resistive divider yourself on the PCB. So I think that the extra R66 isn't a supported feature by TI so they do not guarantee accuracy when using that option. So indeed: the output voltage will vary between chips even if R66 is spot-on accurate. If you want accuracy: use the variable output voltage version and make your own voltage divider using accurate resistors. – Bimpelrekkie Feb 18 at 18:52
• That's good to know; thank you for confirming my suspicions. – Andrey Akhmetov Feb 18 at 19:37