L7660SCPA Diode Protection

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L7660SCPA Diode Protection

Postby boblob » 27 Apr 2014, 11:35


I've been using the L7660 for bipolar power for a while. Was about to order some when I noticed the company had issued an advisory to a change in the data sheet. The datasheet now recommends adding a Schottky diode between the -ve output and ground to prevent latch-up. It says to so this if the rise rate is > 2V/us.

I've one in my Gristleizer and am wondering if I need to do that - I don't really know how to estimate the rise rate.

I also noticed that it recommends to add a 1N4148 from the -ve pin to ground to prevent latch-up

I know charge pumps can be fragile beasts, so this would be nice to know!

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