Switching Regulator Boosts Input Voltage

Posted on Aug 10, 2012    3821

Uses the MAX641 switching controller and an external discrete charge pump to step up the input voltage. This circuit can service low loads and is efficient when the output is two, three, four times the input voltage. Adding the MAX627 MOS driver can further increase the output current capability.

In conventional applications, switching-regulator ICs regulate VOUT by controlling the current through an external inductor. The IC in Figure 1, however, driving a diode-capacitor network in place of the inductor, offers comparable performance for small l

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