A variation of the Standard regulator is the quasi-LDO, which uses an NPN and PNP transistor as the pass device. The dropout voltage for a quasi-LDO delivering rated current is usually specified at about 1.5V(max). The actual dropout voltage is temperature and load current dependent, but could never be expected to go lower than about 0.9V (25°C) at even the lightest load. The dropout voltage for the quasi-LDO is higher than the LDO, but lower than the Standard regulator.
There are two types of voltage regulators, shunt and series. The name comes from where the control element (typically a transistor) is placed. Except for the special case of a Zener diode shunt regulator which is open-loop, virtually all voltage regulators are closed-loop high-gain proportional control systems.
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