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High Voltage Converter: 90 V from 1.5 V

The circuit shows one way of obtaining a voltage of 90 V from a 1.5 V battery supply. The LT1073 switching regulator from Linear Technology (www.linear-tech.com) operates in boost mode and can work with an input voltage as low as 1.0 V. The switching transistor, which is hidden behind connections SW1 and SW2, briefly takes one end of choke L1 to ground. A magnetic field builds up in the choke, which collapses when the transistor stops conducting: this produces a current in diode D1 which charges C3.
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