LT3042 - 20V, 200mA, Ultralow Noise, Ultrahigh PSRR RF Linear Regulator

The LT®3042 is a high performance low dropout linear regulator featuring LTC’s ultralow noise and ultrahigh PSRR architecture for powering noise sensitive RF applications. Designed as a precision current reference followed by a high performance voltage buffer, the LT3042 can be easily paralleled to further reduce noise, increase output current and spread heat on the PCB.

The device supplies 200mA at a typical 350mV dropout voltage. Operating quiescent current is nominally 2mA and drops to <<1μA in shutdown. The LT3042’s wide output voltage range (0V to 15V) while maintaining unitygain operation provides virtually constant output noise, PSRR, bandwidth and load regulation, independent of the programmed output voltage. Additionally, the regulator features programmable current limit, fast start-up capability and programmable power good to indicate output voltage regulation.

The LT3042 is stable with a minimum 4.7μF ceramic output capacitor. Built-in protection includes reverse battery protection, reverse current protection, internal current limit with foldback and thermal limit with hysteresis. The LT3042 is available in thermally enhanced 10-Lead MSOP and 3mm × 3mm DFN packages.

  • Ultralow RMS Noise: 0.8μVRMS (10Hz to 100kHz)
  • Ultralow Spot Noise: 2nV/√Hz at 10kHz
  • Ultrahigh PSRR: 79dB at 1MHz
  • Output Current: 200mA
  • Wide Input Voltage Range: 1.8V to 20V
  • Single Capacitor Improves Noise and PSRR
  • 100μA SET Pin Current: ±1% Initial Accuracy
  • Single Resistor Programs Output Voltage
  • High Bandwidth: 1MHz
  • Programmable Current Limit
  • Low Dropout Voltage: 350mV
  • Output Voltage Range: 0V to 15V
  • Programmable Power Good
  • Fast Start-Up Capability
  • Precision Enable/UVLO
  • Parallelable for Lower Noise and Higher Current
  • Internal Current Limit with Foldback
  • Minimum Output Capacitor: 4.7μF Ceramic
  • Reverse Battery and Reverse Current Protection
  • 10-Lead MSOP and 3mm × 3mm DFN Packages
Typical Application
LT3042 Typical Application
LT3042 Typical Application
  • RF Power Supplies: PLLs, VCOs, Mixers, LNAs
  • Very Low Noise Instrumentation
  • High Speed/High Precision Data Converters
  • Medical Applications: Imaging, Diagnostics
  • Precision Power Supplies
  • Post-Regulator for Switching Supplies
LT3042 Package Drawing
LT3042 Package Drawing
Order Information
Part NumberPackageTempPrice(1-99)Price (1k)*
LT3042EDD#PBF3x3 DFN-10E$3.22$2.25
LT3042EDD#TRPBF3x3 DFN-10E$2.31
LT3042HDD#PBF3x3 DFN-10H$4.00$2.80
LT3042HDD#TRPBF3x3 DFN-10H$2.86
LT3042IDD#PBF3x3 DFN-10I$3.57$2.50
LT3042IDD#TRPBF3x3 DFN-10I$2.56
LT3042MPDD#PBF3x3 DFN-10MP$8.29$5.80
LT3042MPDD#TRPBF3x3 DFN-10MP$5.86
Demo Boards
Part NumberDescriptionPrice
DC2246ALT3042EDD Demo Board | Ultralow Noise, Ultrahigh PSRR RF LDO Regulator, VIN = 3.8V to 20V, Vout = 3.3V @ 200mA$150.00
DC2429ALT3042 PLL/VCO Supply and Reference Board$150.00
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