Recent blog posts
  • Precision Hub
    • Dec 19, 2014

    Stress-induced outbursts: Microphonics in ceramic capacitors (Part 1)

    While working on a low-noise amplifier circuit for an upcoming TI Designs reference design , I was caught off-guard by some interesting behavior. Casually moving the printed circuit board (PCB) on my workbench caused the output voltage to jump! F...
  • Motor Drive & Control
    • Dec 19, 2014

    Start your BLDC journey with motor startup (Part II): Choosing your parameters

    In Part I of this blog series , we talked about ‘blind’ startup . ‘Blind’ startup is a very practical method to spin up the motor, especially for those applications where load conditions are predictable. However, in order to ...
  • Analog Wire
    • Dec 19, 2014

    SPICE it up: My favorite “proof-of-concept” simulations (Part 2)

    In my last post , I explained what TINA-TI is and introduced how to use a transient simulation to check a circuit’s DC operating condition. Figure 1 shows the results of this simulation. Figure 1: Transient simulation results using the...
  • Fully Charged
    • Dec 19, 2014

    How can you deliver 1W power from a 10 mW coin cell?

    For a smart meter or any other system that needs to wirelessly transmit data, the challenge is the same. How do I deliver Watts of power to my radio, while using a small, robust, and extremely current-limited source such as a Lithium Thionyl chloride (Li-SOCl2) cell? For example, the radio requires 1W of energy for global systems for mobile (GSM) transmission...
  • Behind the Wheel
    • Dec 19, 2014

    System Integration using optimized EMC designs

    Automotive solutions have to meet strict requirements for Electro Magnetic Capability (EMC) and this is fundamentally a system integration issue. With the number of ECU’s and wire harnesses increasing in quantity and complexity, the issue is on...
  • Tools Insider
    • Dec 18, 2014

    What’s in grandma’s fruitcake?

    With the holidays upon us, many gatherings will feature homemade dishes to share with friends and family. We smile and say we’re excited to try their new holiday food creation, but sometimes it’s hard to identify what’s actually in ...
  • Think. Innovate
    • Dec 18, 2014

    One to Watch: Design supervisor Gerhard

    In our ongoing series, ‘One to Watch,’ we profile the movers and shakers at TI who are making a difference through their extraordinary work. Below is the second in a series of stories recognizing our 12 ‘Modern Day Jacks’ who embody the spirit of Jack Kilby by creating game-changing inventions. The Low Power DC/DC (LP DCDC...
  • University Program
    • Dec 18, 2014

    MIT undergrads share groundbreaking research

    In MIT’s SuperUROP (Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program) EECS students participate in a year-long research project. An inaugural supporter of SuperUROP, the TI University Program provides students with leading edge technology to build their prototypes and partners with TI Recruiting to provide information about future career opportunities....
  • The Official MSP430 Blog
    • Dec 18, 2014

    How to choose and use MCUs with integrated LCD controllers

    Segment liquid crystal displays (LCDs) are used across many applications from electronic shelf labels to medical equipment. TI's MSP430FR4133 MCUs with the industry's lowest power and unmatched pin flexibility provides an exciting offeri...
  • Power House
    • Dec 18, 2014

    Ins and Outs of Power Sequencing for FPGAs

    A field programmable gate array (FPGA) requires anywhere from 3 to10 power rails, or more. It is important to implement power-supply sequencing upon startup to avoid drawing excessive current which could damage devices. FPGA vendors will provide the ...
  • Analog Wire
    • Dec 17, 2014

    Get Connected: Data aggregation using a general purpose SerDes

    Welcome back to the Get Connected blog series here on Analog Wire! In my previous Get Connected blog , we reviewed the benefits of implementing equalization in high-speed serial links that are prone to signal integrity problems. In this post, I will ...
  • Behind the Wheel
    • Dec 16, 2014

    Enhancing the Driving Experience at CES 2015

    TI’s automotive team is gearing up for yet another CES! The Automotive Innovation Room, located within the TI Village in rooms N115-N119, will be showcasing the following innovative demos: TI DLP® automotive wide field of view head-up di...
  • Power House
    • Dec 16, 2014

    Damping input bead resonance to prevent oscillations

    A traditional approach to damping input filter resonances has been to add another capacitor of at least three times the capacitance of the original input capacitor with a resistor in series for damping. See AN-2162 (page 6) by Alan Martin who advocates added capacitance to be at least four times input capacitance based upon SNVA538 by Michele Sclocchi...
  • Tools Insider
    • Dec 16, 2014

    Solving the three most common DDR Challenges

    We are happy to have Joe Skazinski, CTO at Kozio, as a guest blogger today. Joe has been in the industry for over 20 years, innovating with embedded software for hardware verification and data storage hardware. Joe is co-founder of Kozio which has he...
  • ConnecTIng Wirelessly
    • Dec 16, 2014

    The shocking impact of poor RF selectivity and blocking

    At TI, we have more than 15 years of experience with low-power RF solutions. Over time, working hands-on with customers, we have learned what it takes to design RF IC’s that work well in industrial environments. The wireless communication needs...