Output Impedance vs. Frequency

What is Superpower's output performance under load? Amazing! Here is a graph of Zout vs. frequency, showing a 7mΩ maximum impedance while delivering 100mA at 40KHz. This is measured on a typical production SPL78 with 5V out.

Zout vs. frequency

How do we get such amazing performance? Sorry, that's a secret. But we can tell you how we measured it—we connected a resistor between the regulator output and a sine wave voltage source, then used a spectrum analyzer to measure the variation in regulator output voltage, which ideally is zero. The difference from zero equates to the output impedance of the regulator.

Test conditions

DC load = 5mA
voltage at load resistor = (5VDC - 5Vpp)
dB measurements relative to 200mV full scale
Frequency 50Ω load (100mA pk-pk)
10Hz -80dB
100Hz -85dB
1KHz -83dB
5KHz -74dB
10KHz -71dB
20KHz -67dB
40KHz -63dB

We know the current and the voltage so the values above are used to calculate output impedance. Using the spectrum analyzer full scale value of 0.2Vpp, we see the following values for output impedance vs. frequency:

Frequency 50Ω load (100mA pk-pk)
10Hz 1.0mΩ
100Hz 0.56mΩ
1KHz 0.71mΩ
5KHz 2.0mΩ
10KHz 2.82mΩ
20KHz 4.47mΩ
40KHz 7.08mΩ

Superpower Zout is low and flat across the entire audio band. We dare you to find or build a better regulator! Below is a capture of the 20KHz measurement spectrum. Note that the noise floor is due to the spectrum analyzer, not the Superpower.

Superpower, 100mApk-pk load at 10KHz

Superpower output, 10KHz 50mA load
Spectrum of Superpower driving 100mA pk-pk into 50Ω.

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Use the Superpower regulator in...

  • Headphone amps
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