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Buck/Boost Voltage Converter

Sometimes it is desired to power a circuit from a battery where the required supply voltage lies within the discharge curve of the battery. If the battery is new, the circuit receives a higher voltage than required, whereas if the battery is towards the end of its life, the voltage will not be high enough. This is where the new LTC 3440 buck/boost voltage converter from Linear Technology (www.linear.com) can help. The switching regulator in Figure 1 converts an input voltage in the range +2.7 V to +4.5 V into an output voltage in the range +2.5 V to +5.5 V using one tiny coil. The level of the output voltage is set by the voltage divider formed by R2 and R3.
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