LTC1550 - Low Noise, Switched Capacitor-Regulated Voltage Inverters


  • Regulated Negative Voltage from a Single Positive Supply
  • Low Output Ripple: Less Than 1mVP-P Typ
  • High Charge Pump Frequency: 900kHz Typ
  • Small Charge Pump Capacitors: 0.1µF
  • Requires Only Four External Capacitors
  • Fixed -4.1V or Adjustable Output
  • Shutdown Mode Drops Supply Current to < 1µA
  • High Output Current: Up to 10mA, VCC = 5V
  • Output Regulation: 5%
  • Available in SO-8 and 16-Lead SSOP

Typical Application

LTC1550 Typical Application
LTC1550 Typical Application


The LTC1550/LTC1551 are switched capacitor charge pump voltage inverters which include internal linear post-regulators to minimize output ripple. Output voltages are fixed at –4.1V, with ripple voltages typically below 1mVP-P. The LTC1550 is also available in an adjustable output voltage version. The LTC1550/LTC1551 are ideal for use as bias voltage generators for GaAs transmitter FETs in portable RF and cellular telephone applications. The LTC1550/LTC1551 operate from single 4.5V to 6.5V supplies and draw typical quiescent currents of 4.25mA with a 5V supply. Each device includes a TTL compatible Shutdown pin which drops supply current to 0.2µA typically. The LTC1550 Shutdown pin is active low (SHDN), while the LTC1551 Shutdown pin is active high (SHDN). Only four external components are required: an input bypass capacitor, two 0.1µF charge pump capacitors and a filter capacitor at the linear regulator output. The adjustable LTC1550 requires two additional resistors to set the output voltage. The LTC1550/LTC1551 will supply up to 10mA output current with a 5V supply, while maintaining guaranteed output regulation of ±5%. The fixed voltage LTC1550/LTC1551 are available in S0-8 plastic packages. The adjustable LTC1550 is available in a 16-pin SSOP.


CAD Symbols and Footprints: The downloadable Zip file below contains the schematic symbol and PCB footprints.

For complete and up to date package information and drawings, please refer to our packaging page

Part Number Package Code Temp Package
LTC1550CGN#PBF SSOP-16 GN C 05-08-1641 (GN16) Yes
LTC1550CGN#TRPBF SSOP-16 GN C 05-08-1641 (GN16) Yes
LTC1550CS8-4.1#PBF SO-8 S8 C 05-08-1610 (S8) Yes
LTC1550CS8-4.1#TRPBF SO-8 S8 C 05-08-1610 (S8) Yes
LTC1550IGN#PBF SSOP-16 GN I 05-08-1641 (GN16) Yes
LTC1550IGN#TRPBF SSOP-16 GN I 05-08-1641 (GN16) Yes

LTC1550 Package Drawing
LTC1550 Package Drawing

Order Info

  • Part numbers ending in PBF are lead free. Solder plated terminal finish (SnPb) versions are non-standard and special terms and conditions and pricing applies if available. Please contact LTC marketing for information.
  • Part numbers containing TR or TRM are shipped in tape and reel or 500 unit mini tape and reel, respectively
  • Please refer to our general ordering information or the product datasheet for more details

Package Variations and Pricing

Part Number Package Temp Price
LTC1550CGN#PBF SSOP-16 C $3.25 $2.60 Yes
LTC1550CGN#TRPBF SSOP-16 C $2.66 Yes
LTC1550CS8-4.1#PBF SO-8 C $2.85 $2.25 Yes
LTC1550CS8-4.1#TRPBF SO-8 C $2.31 Yes
LTC1550IGN#PBF SSOP-16 I $3.85 $3.15 Yes
LTC1550IGN#TRPBF SSOP-16 I $3.21 Yes
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