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Is there a difference between a 7805 regulator and a LM7805?


The short answer is, "no".  These are essentially the same part. The  5 volt version of the 78-series linear voltage regulators in a T0-220 package.  Predictably, the one sold by RadioShack(r)  is priced higher.

If you are wondering what the "LM" stands for, I think it is a prefix belonging to a particular manufacturer.  The confusing thing is that I think I have seen more than one manufacturer making the same chip starting with "LM".  The links below might, or might not, offer some clues to the mysterious "manufacturer's prefix". 

http://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Practical_Electronics/Manufacturers_Prefix

http://www.eltek-semi.com/en/obsolescence-solutions/manufacturer-prefixes/l/