Generating Negative Output from Positive Input Voltage

Published at: 11/15/2012 Category:
There are some applications, such as double-ended sensors and audio amplifiers that require a negative voltage for operation. With limited space on today’s system boards, creating a dedicated negative supply rail would add to the cost and space of the PCB. Hence, it makes sense to generate the required negative voltage from existing positive supply rails in the system.

Generating Negative Output from Positive Input Voltage

One such solution using a traditional synchronous step-down regulator is provided by Texas Instruments in an application note entitled “Creating an Inverting Power Supply Using a Synchronous Step-Down Regulator”1. It shows you how to generate a negative voltage from a positive input voltage to the synchronous buck regulator. [Link]
 

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