The miracle chip – the LT1144 charge pump

This IC is a switch cap charge pump the can source up to 50mA and can generate a negative supply from positve supply or can function as a voltage doubler. This thing is tough as nails and operates at 100KHz (easy to filter and above the audio range). It is over 90% efficient and requires two caps and maybe some diodes. I use it all the time for generation of dual supplies and doubled supplies for op amp circuits and high side nmos fet gate switching voltages. Check out the example circuits below. This IC solves all kinds of headaches with the addition of three or four parts to your circuit.

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