Recent blog posts
  • Analog Wire
    • May 26, 2015

    How to getting started with current sense amplifiers – part 2

    In part 1 of this series , I discussed the concepts of low-side or high-side monitoring and current flow directionality. In this second installment, I will discuss “how” the current information is used. What do I mean when I say “how...
  • Fully Charged
    • May 22, 2015

    Battery Terms Decoded: Part 3

    I went through many battery terms and acronyms in part 1 and part 2 of this blog series, but now let’s talk about the most common acronym related to lithium-ion (Li-Ion) battery fuel gauging: SOC. You may already know this as state of charge (not system on chip, which is also commonly used for certain semiconductors). When you look at your...
  • Precision Hub
    • May 22, 2015

    Caution! Your ADC may be only as good as its power supply

    When it comes to the analog signal chain, everyone understands the importance of the input signal path. We design our systems to capture and preserve the integrity of signals of interest, while doing our best to block out or reduce interference. We pay careful attention to the selection of every component placed along the way…and then we just...
  • Motor Drive & Control
    • May 22, 2015

    How to spin your stepper motor more efficiently – Part 2

    In part 1 of this series, I provided a few key ideas: TI hearts stepper motors. Stepper motors can be power-hungry. Back electromotive force (EMF) will indicate the stepper-motor load. You can control the output current based on back EMF. This can help save some power. No talking about current regulation! So now that all of...
  • Enlightened: The TI DLP® Blog
    • May 22, 2015

    Smallest HD TI display chipset wins big award

    It’s our smallest and most power efficient micro-mirror array that can generate high-definition (HD) projection displays. And now, it’s also award winning. Last week, Electronic Component News (ECN) announced the winners of the 2015 ECN IMPACT Awards for groundbreaking contributions in electronic design, and the TI DLP ® Pico™...
  • Analog Wire
    • May 22, 2015

    Multi-dimensional inductive sensing

    The title of this blog sounds like an excerpt from a science fiction movie, but in reality, integrating multiple sensor analog front-ends (AFEs) into a single device is nothing new. Suppliers have been releasing duals and quads of just about every bu...
  • The Official MSP430 Blog
    • May 22, 2015

    New LaunchPad - More Features - Big Savings

    As announced earlier this week , we have a new LaunchPad Development Kit featuring our most integrated FRAM microcontroller. The MSP-EXP430FR6989 LaunchPad is perfect for evaluation of our platform when considering designs with new devices such a...
  • Think. Innovate
    • May 21, 2015

    CiTIzenship: It begins with each of us

    TIers put our company’s commitment to citizenship into action every day in their jobs and in their communities. In our ongoing series “ CiTIzenship," we feature TIers around the world making a difference in their communities and creating technology for good. Trisha Cunningham loves to help girls dream big dreams. “I’m...
  • University Program
    • May 21, 2015

    TI LaunchPad + Energia enable rapid prototyping at campus build events

    Taking college campuses by storm, popular “hackathon” events have traditionally focused only on software development. However, as more students dream up new applications for the Internet of Things (IoT), they are discovering the need to incorporate hardware into their embedded system designs. Inspired by low cost, low power EVMs with add...
  • Power House
    • May 21, 2015

    Is your power supply smart enough to be cool

    OK. I know the title is really corny, but I think you’re really going to like this post if you give it a chance. We’ve all heard over and over about the great things intelligent power will bring to the power-supply industry. In many ways it has met or exceeded our expectations; however, in other ways it has also let us down. I can’t...
  • ConnecTIng Wirelessly
    • May 21, 2015

    Want to know more about TI-RTOS?

    TI-RTOS is an embedded operating system optimized to meet the needs of developers of MCU applications, especially in the IoT space. TI-RTOS provides state-of-the-art power management and wireless connectivity to give you a head start on finishing you...
  • Motor Drive & Control
    • May 20, 2015

    Simple BLDC motor spinning 101: Five key concerns

    The brushless direct current (BLDC) motor is the newest member of the big motor family that people just can’t stop talking about. Unlike a brushed or stepper motor, control techniques for which are very mature and standard, there have been debates on what’s the best approach to control a BLDC motor, as well as how to continue improving these...
  • The Process
    • May 20, 2015

    What DSPs do better than GPPs? – DSP Breaktime: Episode 3

    Our third episode of the DSP Breaktime series is out and Arnon gets snarky. He asks me if I've heard of PayPal, he belittles my thoughts on machine vision with his summary saying “we’ll enable Terminator,” and he says something ...
  • Fully Charged
    • May 20, 2015

    What is that giant tantalum cap on the input of the EVM?

    I often receive questions about why we place a physically large tantalum capacitor on the input of most low-power, step-down converter TPS62xxx evaluation modules (EVMs). Tantalum capacitors are generally very large and tall. Plus, in many applications, they simply cost too much or are not reliable enough to use in a robust system. So why do we have...
  • On the Grid
    • May 20, 2015

    Key technology drivers for the adoption of renewable energy

    For my earlier blog on how innovations at TI are driving the growth of renewable energy see here . TI’s offerings are aiding the development of some key technological drivers of renewable energy. Distributed energy systems, substation automation...