Voltage References

Voltage references are electronic devices that provide a fixed output voltage. They provide a constant voltage regardless of external factors. This includes the load on the device, temperature or fluctuations in the power supply. Learn more in our Complete Guide to Voltage References.

Voltage references have different characteristics depending on their purpose. Voltage references used in laboratory applications are designed to have extremely high precision and accuracy, whereas those used as regulators for computer power supplies are much cheaper but less precise.

There are many different kinds of voltage references, generally categorised by type, tolerance, rated voltage, reference voltage and rated current. The most common tolerances are ±2%, ±1% and ±0.5%, but voltage references are available even up to ±40%.

Voltage reference ICs come in a standard semiconductor package, such as PDIP, SO, SOIC and SOT-23. The pin count may also be combined with the package type, for example SO-8.

Types of voltage references

  • Two-terminal shunt voltage reference
  • Three-terminal series voltage reference
  • Band-gap voltage reference
  • Low noise voltage reference
  • Micropower voltage reference

What are voltage references used for?

Voltage references can be used for a variety of different precision measurement and control systems such as power supplies in personal computers and analogue-to-digital converters. They are also used in scientific applications and in medical equipment where voltage variations need to be tested regularly. Voltage references are also used in battery-powered devices.


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RS Stock No. 145-1010
Mfr. Part No.TL431ACLP
HK$1.522
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2.5 - 36V TO-92 Adjustable ±1.0 % Through Hole Shunt 100mA 37 V 2.5 V 36 V 3 - - 4.83 x 3.43 x 3.68mm
RS Stock No. 428-436
Mfr. Part No.TL431ACLP
HK$4.27
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2.5 - 36V TO-92 Adjustable ±1.0 % Through Hole Shunt 100mA 37 V 2.5 V 36 V 3 - - 4.83 x 3.43 x 3.68mm
RS Stock No. 101-8304
Mfr. Part No.LM385Z-1.2G
Brandonsemi
HK$2.856
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1.235V TO-92 Fixed ±2.0 % Through Hole Shunt 20mA - 1.205 V 1.26 V 3 - 20 mV 5.2 x 4.19 x 5.33mm
RS Stock No. 463-482
Mfr. Part No.LM385Z-1.2G
Brandonsemi
HK$6.397
Each (In a Pack of 10)
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1.235V TO-92 Fixed ±2.0 % Through Hole Shunt 20mA - 1.205 V 1.26 V 3 - 20 mV 5.2 x 4.19 x 5.33mm
RS Stock No. 776-0759
Mfr. Part No.NCP431ACSNT1G
HK$3.956
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2.5 - 36V SOT-23 Programmable ±1.0 % Surface Mount Shunt 100mA - 2.475 V 36 V 3 - - 3.04 x 1.4 x 1.01mm
RS Stock No. 163-1004
Mfr. Part No.NCP431ACSNT1G
Brandonsemi
HK$1.07
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2.5 - 36V SOT-23 Programmable ±1.0 % Surface Mount Shunt 100mA - 2.475 V 36 V 3 - - 3.04 x 1.4 x 1.01mm
RS Stock No. 661-9827
Mfr. Part No.TL431CLPR
HK$4.024
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2.5 - 36V TO-92 Adjustable ±2.0 % Through Hole Shunt 100mA 37 V 2.5 V 36 V 3 - - 4.83 x 3.43 x 3.68mm
RS Stock No. 169-5617
Mfr. Part No.TL431CLPR
HK$0.899
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2.5 - 36V TO-92 Adjustable ±2.0 % Through Hole Shunt 100mA 37 V 2.5 V 36 V 3 - - 4.83 x 3.43 x 3.68mm
RS Stock No. 145-3275
Mfr. Part No.TL431CLPG
Brandonsemi
HK$1.082
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2.5 - 36V TO-92 Adjustable ±2.2 % Through Hole Shunt 100mA 37 V 2.5 V 36 V 3 - - 5.2 x 4.19 x 5.33mm
RS Stock No. 463-246
Mfr. Part No.TL431CLPG
Brandonsemi
HK$3.109
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2.5 - 36V TO-92 Adjustable ±2.2 % Through Hole Shunt 100mA 37 V 2.5 V 36 V 3 - - 5.2 x 4.19 x 5.33mm
RS Stock No. 714-1114
Mfr. Part No.TL431CDT
HK$3.599
Each (In a Pack of 20)
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2.5 - 36V SOIC Adjustable ±2.0 % Surface Mount Shunt 100mA 37 V 2.5 V 36 V 8 - - 4.9 x 3.9 x 1.25mm
RS Stock No. 179-1626
Mfr. Part No.TL431CD
HK$3.021
Each (In a Tube of 75)
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2.5 - 36V SOIC Adjustable ±2.0 % Surface Mount Shunt 100mA 37 V 2.5 V 36 V 8 - - 4.9 x 3.91 x 1.58mm
RS Stock No. 168-6826
Mfr. Part No.TL431CDT
HK$1.369
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2.5 - 36V SOIC Adjustable ±2.0 % Surface Mount Shunt 100mA 37 V 2.5 V 36 V 8 - - 4.9 x 3.9 x 1.25mm
RS Stock No. 857-979
Mfr. Part No.TL431CD
HK$4.40
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2.5 - 36V SOIC Adjustable ±2.0 % Surface Mount Shunt 100mA 37 V 2.5 V 36 V 8 - - 4.9 x 3.91 x 1.58mm
RS Stock No. 121-8299
Mfr. Part No.REF5045AID
HK$26.172
Each (In a Tube of 75)
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4.5V SOIC Fixed ±0.05 % Surface Mount Series 10mA 18 V - - 8 1 ppm/V 50 ppm/mA 5 x 4 x 1.5mm
RS Stock No. 535-9616
Mfr. Part No.LM4040CIM3-4.1/NOPB
HK$8.484
Each (In a Pack of 5)
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4.1V SOT-23 Fixed ±0.5 % Surface Mount Shunt 15mA - - - 3 - 7 mV 2.92 x 1.3 x 0.93mm
RS Stock No. 121-8713
Mfr. Part No.LM4040DIM3-2.5/NOPB
HK$2.867
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2.5V SOT-23 Fixed ±1.0 % Surface Mount Shunt 15mA - - - 3 - 8 mV 2.92 x 1.3 x 0.93mm
RS Stock No. 779-8909
Mfr. Part No.LM329BZ#PBF
HK$46.545
Each (In a Pack of 2)
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6.9V TO-92 Fixed ±5 % Through Hole Shunt 15mA - - 6.9 V 3 - - 4.572 x 4.572 x 3.556mm
RS Stock No. 162-5937
Mfr. Part No.TLVH431BQDBZT
HK$10.396
Each (On a Reel of 250)
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1.24 - 18V SOT-23 Adjustable ±0.5 % Surface Mount Shunt 70mA 20 V 1.24 V 18 V 3 - - 2.92 x 1.3 x 1mm
RS Stock No. 535-9672
Mfr. Part No.LM4040EIM3-2.5/NOPB
HK$4.65
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2.5V SOT-23 Fixed ±2.0 % Surface Mount Shunt 15mA - - - 3 - - 2.92 x 1.3 x 0.93mm