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  • Behind the Wheel
    • Jun 22, 2017

    Powering DDR memory in automotive applications

    Double-data-rate (DDR) memory enables high speed and performance in many electronic systems because of its ability to read and write on both the rising and falling edge of the clock. The ability to read and write data on both edges of the clock essentially provides two times the speed without increasing clock frequency and enables faster throughput...
  • Enlightened: The TI DLP® Blog
    • Jun 22, 2017

    Get the large-screen experience on the go with mobile smart TVs

    When viewing my favorite television shows, movies and sports, I subscribe to the theory that bigger is always better. The good news is that affordable large-screen TVs keep getting bigger, but consumers like me who crave that big-picture experience are often limited by wall space, room size and the eyesore of a massive TV. New display solutions called...
  • MSP Low-Power Plays
    • Jun 22, 2017

    FRAM or flash: How to select the right MCU for your application

    When choosing a microcontroller (MCU) to use in your application, you will have to decide between using a device with flash or ferroelectric random access memory (FRAM). You might be wondering what FRAM is and if it’s a worthwhile feature. FRAM offers several advantages over traditional memory technologies such as flash, including faster write...
  • Power House
    • Jun 21, 2017

    How adding an eFuse will protect your brand’s reputation

    This past weekend, one of my friends asked for my opinion on which brand of TV to buy. One of the first things that came to mind was my “gut feel” on which brand had the best reputation. We discussed that point for a while without really ...
  • MSP Low-Power Plays
    • Jun 16, 2017

    Step 5 to build a smart thermostat using an MCU – adding network connectivity

    Co-authored by Britta Ruelander , systems engineer at TI Internet of Things (IoT) technology makes products like thermostats smarter by connecting them to the network and enabling remote user access. The previous four blog posts of this “How to ...
  • Behind the Wheel
    • Jun 15, 2017

    Get loud with a 700W automotive audio amplifier for infotainment systems

    Are you a fan of listening to loud music while driving? I definitely am, especially on long road trips. The 700W Automotive Class-D Automotive Amplifier Reference Design shown in Figure 1 can support up to 700W true root mean square (RMS) power, which should easily be enough power to satisfy demand for loud music lovers in automobiles. Figure...
  • Analog Wire
    • Jun 15, 2017

    Precise constant current regulation helps advance fast-charging

    With battery-operated devices now being an essential part of our daily life, the burden of charging these devices is receiving more attention than ever. A good number of new approaches have emerged in the last couple of years to address the long charging times to enable users to get their devices fully charged in minutes rather than hours. In this...
  • Power House
    • Jun 14, 2017

    LDO basics: noise – part 1

    In another LDO basics blog post , I discussed using a low-dropout regulator (LDO) to filter ripple voltage arising from switched-mode power supplies. This isn’t the only consideration for achieving a clean DC power supply, however. Because LDOs are electronic devices, they generate a certain amount of noise of their own accord. Selecting a low...
  • ConnecTIng Wirelessly
    • Jun 14, 2017

    Halo Smart Labs designs a smart smoke alarm using TI’s SimpleLink™ Wi-Fi® and Xively IoT platform

    Smoke alarm technology has changed little, if at all, in the past 30 years – until the Internet of Things (IoT) made connectivity possible. Realizing that smoke detectors were a natural mechanism to deliver alerts for tornadoes or other life-th...
  • Think. Innovate
    • Jun 13, 2017

    One to Watch: Technical leader makes her mark mentoring students, colleagues, and her daughters

    In our ongoing series, ‘One to Watch,’ we profile TIers who are making a difference through innovation or citizenship. TIer Krunali Patel started her path toward engineering at an early age, following in the footsteps of her father and ol...
  • Analog Wire
    • Jun 12, 2017

    How to maintain thermal performance when designing with USB Power Delivery

    Over the past decade, portable devices like tablets and smartphones have become a more integral part of our daily life. We depend on them to stay in touch with friends and family, get work done and provide directions to unknown places. Personal elect...
  • Motor Drive & Control
    • Jun 12, 2017

    A basic brushless gate driver design – part 1

    Brushless DC motors are definitely the cool thing in motor drives – and for good reason. You get higher efficiency, higher power, higher torque, lower noise, lower electromagnetic interference (EMI), lower vibration, longer battery life, longer...
  • University Program
    • Jun 8, 2017

    3 steps to building your online persona

    You want to find out more about someone… where do you start? The internet, of course . You search Google, Facebook, LinkedIn, etc. to dig up as much information as possible and available in the public domain. It’s just what we do. In fact, 80 million names are searched daily. It’s no different for companies searching for talent...
  • Analog Wire
    • Jun 8, 2017

    Accelerate your ECG design time with delta-sigma ADCs

    The electrocardiogram (ECG), which measures electrical signals produced by the heart, has benefited greatly from technological advances. These technological evolutions have resulted in less invasive, more accurate medical procedures and diagnostics ...
  • Behind the Wheel
    • Jun 8, 2017

    Vehicle vision: beyond the crystal ball?

    When we look back 20 years from now, automotive evolution will likely be considered the greatest in recent times. Future automotive evolution will be profoundly impacted by automating the task of driving. While there are many aspects to achieving safe and reliable semi-autonomous and fully autonomous driving, it’s clear it will require a “vision”...