A rise in die temperature (regardless of cause) approaching the limit threshold (about 160°C) will cause the thermal shutdown to cut drive to the power transistor, thereby reducing load current and internal power dissipation. Note that the thermal limiter can override both the current limit circuits and the voltage error amplifier. Thermal shutdown is detailed in the next section.
The ground pin current in an LDO regulator is approximately equal to the load current divided by the gain of the single PNP transistor. Consequently, the ground pin current of an LDO is the highest of the three types.
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