The IC 723 is a general purpose, extremely versatile voltage regulator IC, which can be used for making various types of regulated power supplies such as:
- Positive Voltage Regulator
- Negative Voltage Regulator
- Switching Regulator
- Foldback Current Limiter
- The minimum voltage that can be achieved from IC 723 Regulator Circuit is 2 V, and the maximum is around 37 V.
- The peak voltage that can handled by the IC is 50 V in pulsed form, and 40 V is the maximum continuous voltage limit.
- The maximum output current from this IC is 150 mA which can be upgraded to as high as10 amps through an external series pass transistor integration.
- The maximum tolerable dissipation of this IC 500 mW, therefore it should be mounted on a suitable heatsink in order to allow optimal performance from the device.
- Being a linear regulator, the IC 723 needs an input supply that should be at least 3 V higher than the desired output voltage, and the maximum difference between the input and the output voltage should never be allowed to exceed 37 V.
ABSOLUTE MAXIMUM RATINGS
- Pulse Voltage from V+ to V- (50 ms) = 50V
- Continuous Voltage from V+ to V- = 40V
- Input-Output Voltage Differential = 40V
- Maximum Amplifier Input Voltage (Either Input) = 8.5V
- Maximum Amplifier Input Voltage (Differential) = 5V
- Current from Vz 25 mA Current from VREF = 15 mA
- Internal Power Dissipation Metal Can = 800 mW
- CDIP = 900 mW
- PDIP = 660 mW
- Operating Temperature Range LM723 = -55°C to +150°C
- Storage Temperature Range Metal Can = -65°C to +150°C P DI P -55°C to +150°C
- Lead Temperature (Soldering, 4 sec. max.) Hermetic Package = 300°C Plastic
- Package 260°C ESD Tolerance = 1200V (Human body model, 1.5 k0 in series with 100 pF)
Referring to the above block diagram of the internal circuitry of the IC 723, we can see that the device is internally configured with a highly stable reference voltage at 7 V, created through advanced circuitry using op amp, buffer amplifier, and transistor current limiting stages.
We can also visualize that instead of creating a feedback stabilization by directly connecting the inverting input pin of the op amp with the output pinout of the IC, the inverting pin is rather terminated with a separate individual pinout of the IC.
This inverting pin facilitates integration with the center pin of an external potentiometer, while the other outer pins of the pot is linked with output pinout of the device and ground respectively.
How Potentiometer Adjusts the Output Voltage
The potentiometer can then be used for accurately setting or adjusting the internal reference level of the IC 723, and therefore a stabilized output from the IC in the following manner:
- Gradually lowering the slider center arm of the pot towards ground interacts with the inverting pin of the opamp to raise the output voltage
- If the slider of the potentiometer is lowered down its track, instead of causing a stabilization of the output at a potential identical to the reference voltage, the feedback regulates the inverting input of the op amp at the potential developed by the potentiometer.
- Due to a decreased potential across the potentiometer pins, the output is prompted to increase to a greater potential so that it allows the inverting input to adjust at the correct suitable voltage level.
- If the pot center wiper arm is moved further down, causes a proportionately higher voltage drop, which prompts the output to climb even higher, causing the output voltage from the IC to become higher.
- To understand the working better, let's imagine, the center wiper of the pot is moved 2/3rd section in the lower direction. This may cause a feedback voltage to the inverting pin of the internal op amp to be just 1/3rd of the output voltage.
- This enables the output to become stabilized and constant at a potential that's 3 times higher than the reference voltage and allows an appropriate voltage level to be established on the inverting input of the internal op amp.
- Therefore this feedback control through a potentiometer facilitates the user to get the intended adjustable output voltage, along with a very high and efficient level of output stabilization.
Calculating the Output Voltage using Formula
In case the output needs to be a fixed constant stabilized voltage, the pot could be replaced with a potential divider network using R1 and R2 resistors as shown below:
The formula 7 (R1 + R2)/R2 volts determines the desired constant output voltages, where the resistor R1 is connected between the output and the inverting input of the operational amplifier, while the resistor R2 is wired between the inverting input and the negative supply line of the device.
This implies that the reference voltage is directly associated with the non-inverting input of the IC 723 internal op amp.
The number 7 in the formula indicates the reference value, and also minimum output voltage the IC can deliver. For getting fixed output voltages lower than 7 V, this number in the formula could be replaced by the desired minimum voltage value.
However, this minimum output voltage value for IC 723 cannot be less than 2 V, therefore the formula for fixing 2 V at the output will be: 2 (R1 + R2)/R2
Understanding Current Limit Feature in IC 723
The IC 723 enables the user to get a precisely adjustable current control at the output depending on the load requirement.
An array of discretely calculated resistors are employed for sensing and limiting current to the desired levels.
The formula for calculating the current limiting resistor is simple, and as given below:
Rsc = 0.66 / Maximum Current
IC 723 Application Circuit
The above application circuit using IC 723 demonstrates a practical example of a useful bench power supply which can deliver an output voltage range from 3.5 V to 20 volts, and a optimum output current of 1.5 amps. 3 step switchable ranges of current limiting, accessible through 15 mA., 150 mA., and 1.5A current ranges (approximately).
How it Works
The mains AC input supply is stepped down by the transformer T1 to 20 volts with a maximum current of 2 amps. A full wave rectifier built using by D1 to D4, and a filter capacitor C1 converts the 20 V RMS AC to 28 V DC .
As discussed earlier, to be able to achieve the minimum 3.5 volts range at the output it is necessary to associate the reference source of the IC at pin 6 with the non-inverting pin 5 of the IC through a calculated potential divider stage.
This is implemented through the network created by R1 and R2 which are selected with identical values. Due to the identical values of the R1/R2 divider, the 7 V reference at pin 6 gets divided by 2 to produce a minimum effective output range of 3.5 volts.
The positive supply line from the bridge rectifier is attached to the pin 12, Vcc of the IC, and also with the pin12 buffer amplifier input of the ICI through fuse FS1.
Since the power handling specification of the IC alone is quite low, it is not suitable for making a bench power supply directly. Due to this reason output terminal pin10 of the IC 723 is upgraded with an external emitter follower transistor Tr1.
This allows the IC output to get upgraded to much higher current depending on the rating of the transistor. However, to ensure this high current is now controlled as per the needs of the output load specs, it is passed through a selectable current limiter stage having 3 switchable current sensing resistors.
ME1 is actually a mV meter which is used like an ammeter. It measures the voltage drop across the current sensing resistors and translates it to the amount of current drawn by the load. R4 can be used for calibrating the full scale range in the order of 20 mA., 200 mA., and 2A, as determined by the limiting R5, R6, R7 resistors .
This allows a more accurate and efficient reading of the current compared to having a single full scale range of 0 to 2A.
VR1 and R3 is used for achieving the desired output voltage, which could be continuously varied from aapproximately 3.5 volts to 23 volts.
It is advised to use 1% resistors for R1, R2 and R3 to ensure higher accuracy of the output regulation with minimum errors and deviations.
C2 works like a compensation capacitor for the in-built compensation op amp stage of the IC, for complementing enhanced stability to the output.
ME2 is configured like a voltmeter for reading the output volts. The associated resistor R8 is used for fine tuning and setting the full scale voltage range of the meter to about 25 volts. A 100 micro amp meter works great for this through a calibration of one division per volt.
R1 = 2.7k 1/4 watt 2% or better
R2 = 2.7k 1/4 watt 2% or better
R3 lk 1/4 watt 2% or better
R4 = 10k 0.25 watt preset
R5 = 0.47 ohms 2 watt 5%
R6 = 4.7 ohms 1/4 watt 5%
R7 = 47 ohms 1/4 watt 5%
R8 = 470k 0.25 watt preset
VR1 = 4.7k or 5k lin. carbon
C1 = 4700 AF 50V
C2 = 120 pF ceramic Disc
IC1 = 723C (14 pin DIL)
Tr1 = TIP33A
D1 to D4 = 1N5402 (4 off)
T1 Standard mains primary, 20 volt 2 amp secondary
S1 = D.P.S.T. rotary mains or toggle type
S2 = 3 way single pole rotary type capable of switching
FS1 = 1.5A 20mm quick blow type
Neon Lamp indicator neon having integral series resistor
for use on 240V mains
MEI, ME2 100 µA. moving coil panel meters (2 off)
Cabinet, output sockets, veroboard, mains cord, wire, 20mm
chassis mounting fuseholder, solder etc.