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Shotkky diode used with switching regulator Lm2576

Discussion in 'General Electronics Discussion' started by chrisf1b, Mar 4, 2014.

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  1. chrisf1b


    Mar 4, 2014
    Hello, per the datasheet the LM2576 switching regulator IC requires a shottky diode to be used with it. Is this absolutely necessary, or is it only used to increase performance? Also, if you could just briefly state what the diode actually contributes to the system it would be appreciated.

    And a link to the TI datasheet for the LM2576:

  2. duke37


    Jan 9, 2011
    The regulator runs at 52kHz which is not exceptionaly fast so an ordinary fast diode should do.

    The Schottky will drop less voltage so the circuit will be more efficient. A 1N400x probably will not do.
  3. OLIVE2222


    Oct 2, 2011
    TI as a online simulation tool where you can optimize components selection to balance efficiency/cost and size. A good way to try various diodes.
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