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  • ConnecTIng Wirelessly
    • Jul 27, 2015

    Make your connected world smarter with the SimpleLink Wi-Fi CC3200 Smart Plug

    Looking to start developing in the home automation market? Our new SimpleLink™ Wi-Fi ® CC3200 Smart Plug TI Design reference design provides the schematics, BOMs, design files and test reports you’ll need to jump start your designs for this rapidly expanding market segment. The SimpleLink Wi-Fi CC3200 Smart Plug monitors real-time...
  • Analog Wire
    • Jul 27, 2015

    How Ethernet technology is shifting modern markets 40 years after its inception

    In my last blog post, “ Three things you should know about Ethernet PHYs ,” I discussed the evolution of Ethernet and the most essential information about the Ethernet physical layer transceiver (PHY). In this post, I’ll pick up wher...
  • Power House
    • Jul 27, 2015

    Achieving low standby power and high efficiency in flyback converters

    Ever wonder how the power level of chargers keeps increasing (to take advantage of USB Type-C standards, for example), but are still small in size? There is only so much power you can dissipate inside a sealed plastic box before the charger doubles as a hand warmer and becomes unreliable. You must achieve higher efficiency. Beyond this need for high...
  • Fully Charged
    • Jul 25, 2015

    Powered by energy harvesting: A recap of the energy harvesting Twitter chat

    We had an enriching conversation about energy harvesting during our Twitter chat on July 8. Participants tweeted us their questions on a variety of topics using #energyharvesting. In case you missed out we covered topics including sources for energy harvesting, the best parts to help your designs and where energy harvesting can be used. We asked...
  • Power House
    • Jul 25, 2015

    How to use an LDO to protect a power source

    This post is co-authored Aditya Ambardar. Designers often face the challenge of protecting power sources from abrupt shorts or continuous high draw of current, because loads can behave unpredictably in many industrial and automotive applications. Low-dropout (LDO) regulators often power these loads, but have no built-in protection. In this post,...
  • Power House
    • Jul 24, 2015

    Join our #DesignoftheDay scavenger hunt for a chance to win an iPad Air® 2

    Looking for new power reference designs to help launch your next design? Well how do you feel about looking them up on a brand new 16GB iPad Air ® 2? During July 27 through August 7 we will showcase 10 popular TI Designs reference designs on our Twitter account, @TXInstruments with the hashtag #DesignoftheDay. Once you find these tweets, click the...
  • Analog Wire
    • Jul 24, 2015

    The secret to extending RS-485 communication performance

    As many of you know, RS-485 is a physical layer standard used in all kinds of industrial and military standards. My colleague has a good series on RS-485 Basics on the Industrial Strength blog. In this post, I’ll touch on the basics from a litt...
  • Think. Innovate
    • Jul 24, 2015

    3 reasons to celebrate the newly expanded Information Technology Agreement

    Think about how much technology has changed since 1996. Today, the world trading system embraced 21 st century technology with the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) announcement of an agreement to expand duty free treatment to an additional 200 high-tech products through the Information Technology Agreement (ITA). The original ITA, negotiated in...
  • Motor Drive & Control
    • Jul 23, 2015

    Motor Drive Forum Top FAQs: Understanding current ratings

    If you have ever looked for a Texas Instruments device, you have likely seen the tool shown in Figure 1. This product selection tool is a mighty instrument that can help you swiftly review hundreds upon hundreds of devices. Figure 1: Product selection tool But as the saying goes, garbage in gets you garbage out. So understanding the various...
  • On the Grid
    • Jul 23, 2015

    How to quickly add Bluetooth Smart to your electricity power strip meter

    Recently I worked on a project to add Bluetooth® Smart remote reading capabilities to an electricity power strip meter . With the convenience of finding Bluetooth Smart on most smartphones and tablets, it allows you to easily read the ...
  • University Program
    • Jul 23, 2015

    Low-cost, portable advisory assistant for farmers

    The TI Innovation Challenge India Design Contest was as competitive as ever this year, attracting 11,200 participants from 654 different engineering colleges in India. The following highlights this year’s second-runner up team and how they util...
  • Enlightened: The TI DLP® Blog
    • Jul 23, 2015

    HUD 2.0 Brings a New Point of View

    Let’s face it; being in the driver’s seat comes with its share of distractions. Being able to keep your eyes on the road rather than the speedometer or radio or gas gauge is pretty helpful. Automotive Head-up display (HUD) systems have become an important tool for managing these distractions by providing information directly in front of...
  • Fully Charged
    • Jul 23, 2015

    Are two inductors better than one?

    Electronics’ continuous advancement into smaller devices with fewer and fewer components has been propelling the industry for decades. Notebooks and tablets , for example, are only possible due to highly integrated semiconductors with very limi...
  • Industrial Strength
    • Jul 23, 2015

    How to select the right industrial Ethernet standard: Sercos III

    Customers and co-workers often ask me about the purpose of industrial Ethernet – where it’s used, and especially about the benefits of the many different industrial Ethernet standards. This new blog series is for designers who have decided to leverage industrial Ethernet in their system. I’ll talk about several common industrial...
  • Think. Innovate
    • Jul 23, 2015

    On the Fringe: Isolation is key to the factory of the future

    In our ongoing ‘On the Fringe’ series, some of TI’s brightest minds discuss today’s biggest technological trends and solving the challenges of tomorrow. Imagine a factory floor buzzing with activity: robotic arms swiftly moving about, motors spinning in high gear and a suite of other electronics humming with electricity. All...