Charge Pump Converts -5V to +5V
Figure 1. This switched-capacitor converter converts -5V to +5V.
The switched-capacitor circuit of Figure 1 converts -5V to +5V. To do that, it charges capacitor C1 by connecting the CAP+ pin to ground while CAP- is connected to the negative supply at OUT. Then, it switches CAP- to ground and CAP+ to IN. Thus, the voltages at IN and OUT are of opposite polarity. If you operate the IC backwards by applying -5V at OUT, the voltage at IN becomes +5V. The charge-discharge rate is set by an internal oscillator, whose frequency is about 1MHz when the FSEL pin is connected to OUT as shown.
The converter's effective output resistance causes a lower-than-ideal output voltage (Figure 2), which declines with increasing output current. More than 100mA, however, can be generated using this method.
Figure 2. In Figure 1, the converter's non-zero output impedance results in an output voltage less than the ideal +5V.
A similar version of this article appeared as a Design Idea in the January 20, 2005 issue of EDN magazine.