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Voltage Inverter Using Switch-Mode Regulator

This circuit uses a step-up switch-mode regulator, which is usually used to produce a positive supply, to generate a regulated negative output voltage. The device used here is the MIC4680 from Micrel (www.micrel.com), but the idea would of course work with similar regulators from other manufacturers. Because of coil L1, which performs the voltage conversion by the intermediate storage of energy in the form of a magnetic field, the output is effectively isolated from the input.
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