I am implementing my own 3-cells battery management system charger based on the BQ76920 but I have a doubt about the REGOUT pin, in the datasheet it says that pin is the output of LDO (Low-Dropout Regulator according to what I read).
In the typical circuit application of the datasheet in the same way, this pin is connected directly to the VCC terminal of a microcontroller MCU. So that makes me think that this pin regulates the voltage between Pack+ with respect to VSS (GND) to supply voltage to the microcontroller? doesn't it?
I am also considering for reference a github project schematic which implements a BMS with the same integrated circuit (IC) but it uses different devices connected to the REGOUT terminal (Note that it connects the REGOUT terminal to SDA and SCL pins with 10 kΩ resistors R2 and R1, and a bridged solder jumper, and also the capacitor C1 to GND in the same way as the above circuit):
Another connection of REGOUT is to a LED D23 as indicator:
REGOUT pin is also connected to ATMEGA328 microcontroller VCC pin (exactly as the typical application of the datasheet) and to the PC6 pin of the ATMEGA with a 10 kΩ resistor R14, what is the purpose of that?
And finally, REGOUT pin is connected to a voltage regulator (I guess), and a CH340G USB to serial converter which is working in 3.3 V according to the configuration mentioned in datasheet. So basically, the REGOUT pin supplies voltage?
So my final question is: Do I really need the voltage regulator to feed the microcontroller? Or could I only connect the REGOUT terminal to the VCC terminal of my microcontroller? My schematic is this: (I would connect REGOUT to a female connector to connect a cable to another PCB where the microcontroller is.)
The last question would be: Do I really need the REGOUT pin connected to the SDA and SCL terminals? (Why is needed? if the datasheet does not show it?) Thank you so much!