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  • Precision Hub
    • Feb 12, 2016

    96 DAC channels in one device! Why would we do that?

    We live in a time where you can summarize technological trends with one word: more. We demand more features, more integration, more efficiency, more everything. In TI’s precision digital-to-analog converter (DAC) world, we feel no differently &...
  • Enlightened: The TI DLP® Blog
    • Feb 11, 2016

    Chocolate challenge! See how spectroscopy can give you answers.

    Roses are red, Violets are blue, We used a TI DLP® NIRscan™ Nano EVM, To pick the right chocolate for you. Love may be fleeting, but at least we’ll always have chocolates. While there’s nothing sweeter for your sweetheart than a box of chocolates on Valentine’s Day, choosing the option with just the right balance...
  • Think. Innovate
    • Feb 11, 2016

    Chinese university students make DIY smart dorm room

    Cui Yepu makes every day DIYers look like slackers. When the Harbin Institute of Technology student’s comb went missing, he didn’t pop by the local drug store for a new one. He made one. During a lunch break, Cui and his roommates downloaded 3-D comb models from the web, then printed the new comb on a pocket-sized 3-D printer –...
  • Power House
    • Feb 10, 2016

    Power Tips: Automotive EMI Series: Dithering? Not always a bad thing

    An automobile design engineer approached our team recently with an issue: he was unable to meet the Comité International Spécial des Perturbations Radioélectriques (CISPR) 25 Class 5 electromagnetic interference (EMI) standard during conducted EMI measurements for a fixed-frequency buck regulator they designed. Let me briefly go...
  • University Program
    • Feb 10, 2016

    How to win the TIIC: Advice from past winners

    Friends since high school, Sean Lyons & Troy Bryant entered the 2015 TI Innovation Challenge North America design contest as two University of Florida students with a passion for music and a passion for changing the world. First place winners of ...
  • Analog Wire
    • Feb 9, 2016

    RS-485 basics: the RS-485 receiver

    The last post in this series described the structure and basic operation of the RS-485 driver . In this post, I’ll discuss the RS-485 receiver and the relevant parameters in the RS-485 standard. RS-485 transceivers such as the SN65HVD7x half-dup...
  • Think. Innovate
    • Feb 9, 2016

    ‘Agribot’ enhances fine wine with high tech

    In an innovative blend of fine wine and high tech, a robot developed by students under the direction of a Kilby Labs researcher someday may help wine-growers and other farmers protect their crops from disease. Built on a plywood platform mounted atop wheels from an old electric wheelchair, the agricultural robot – or agribot – is designed...
  • The Process
    • Feb 8, 2016

    TI's new DSP Benchmark Site

    To help evaluate the performance of our processors, we have created a new benchmark site that presents benchmark data from TI’s optimized libraries as well as independent benchmarking results. These benchmarks help illustrate the benefits of DS...
  • Power House
    • Feb 8, 2016

    High-voltage power innovation: Past, present and future

    There are two things that I look forward to everyday: the people I get to work with, and the technology I get to play with. But I sometimes like to take time out to reflect on how far the industry has come in high-voltage innovation, and think about what we’ll see next. Because my team is helping to drive innovation in high-voltage power conversion...
  • Analog Wire
    • Feb 5, 2016

    Disentangling RF amplifier specs: amplifier spot noise vs. noise figure

    In the world of high-speed amplifiers, noise is commonly represented one of two ways. For radio frequency (RF)-oriented amplifiers, such as low-noise amplifiers (LNAs), radio frequency power amplifiers (PAs) and RF gain blocks, noise is usually given as a noise figure value. For high-speed operational amplifiers (op amps) and fully differential amplifiers...
  • Think. Innovate
    • Feb 4, 2016

    A battery driver you can count on to keep you going

    When that fancy new drone of yours is busy capturing 4K ultra-high-definition video 2,000 feet in the air, the last thing you want to worry about is whether it has enough “juice” to finish your new YouTube masterpiece or land safely. We’ve got your back – a solution that minimizes power drain, voltage spikes and overheating...
  • ConnecTIng Wirelessly
    • Feb 4, 2016

    WiLink™ 8 modules light up the industrial IoT night

    Wireless connectivity technologies are widely used in consumer market all around us. Today, these opportunities are also in reach of the industrial market, replacing the standard cables of the past. The concept of the industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) has become increasingly popular over the last few years. Recently, the TI WiLink™ 8 Wi-Fi...
  • Industrial Strength
    • Feb 4, 2016

    Energy harvesting solutions enable expanded 4-20mA current loop functionality

    Sensing and measurement is becoming more and more important in the industrial sector. From both a factory and process automation standpoint, sensor transmitters are being added to improve system intelligence, detect faults and drive efficiency. In process automation specifically, 80 percent of the sensors have a HART 4-20mA interface. Current loops...
  • Power House
    • Feb 3, 2016

    When to use load switches in place of discrete MOSFETs

    Before people knew about electricity, they used candles for light. While this was a common way to see in the dark, the invention of the light bulb proved to be a better solution. Much like a candle, the most common approach to switching a load is to use a power MOSFET surrounded by discrete resistors and capacitors (and a bipolar junction transistor...
  • Behind the Wheel
    • Feb 3, 2016

    The value of wettable flank-plated QFN packaging for automotive applications

    To ensure that cars meet today’s demand for safety and high reliability, the automotive industry requires original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) to perform 100% automatic visual inspection (AVI) post-assembly. In the case of quad-flat no-lead ...