Recent blog posts
  • Behind the Wheel
    • Mar 31, 2015

    An automotive boost converter for all your infotainment needs

    The wide variety of automotive infotainment systems and functionality create many power requirements for boost converters . Some infotainment systems may not require one at all. One vehicle model may need a 12V car battery boosted to 24V for an audio amplifier. Another may need 18V to bias the display . A third may use light-emitting diodes (LEDs) and...
  • Power House
    • Mar 31, 2015

    PowerTips: How to limit inrush current in an AC-DC power supply

    When powering up an AC/DC power supply, a huge amount of energy transfers from the power source to the bulk capacitor. In this installment of Power Tips we examine how to limit inrush current in an AC/DC power supply. Figure 1: Inrush current of a power supply at 120VAC/60Hz input As a result of powering up an AC/DC power supply, you can observe...
  • The Official MSP430 Blog
    • Mar 31, 2015

    Exploring the MSP430 tool chain: Part 7 – Code Composer Studio on Mac BETA now available

    Your requests have been heard! Our team behind Code Composer Studio (CCS) has been working hard to create a supported version of the integrated development environment (IDE) on Mac. Learn more on the Tools Insider blog or download the BETA ve...
  • Think. Innovate
    • Mar 31, 2015

    What’s in your 3-D printer?

    What would you build if you could create anything on a 3-D printer? Spare parts for your car? Toys for the kids? A component that can help you better demonstrate a TI product to a customer? You can do it all on MakerBot 3-D printers containing TI devices. The MakerBot Replicator Mini is one of the smallest 3-D printers around and something even...
  • Precision Hub
    • Mar 31, 2015

    Make a freezer alarm using a power op amp with zero power consumption

    Warning: This construction article uses dihydrogen monoxide. Make sure you have researched and understood the dangers associated with this substance before proceeding. When your home’s deep freezer, full of food, experiences an AC power failure while you are out for an extended time, its contents can thaw out. If the AC power is then restored...
  • Power House
    • Mar 30, 2015

    Which power supply sequencing solution is right for you?

    I was at a birthday party a few weeks ago and a guest I never met before asked me about my latest project at work. Immediately, I replied that I was working on a sequencing problem. The funny part is he automatically thought that I was i...
  • Power House
    • Mar 29, 2015

    Maximum power output of Fly-Buck converters

    The Fly-Buck converter (shown in Figure 1) is a simple method of generating low-power isolated bias rails because it does not require any compensation loop based on opto-couplers or extra windings to regulate the isolated output. The Fly-Buck is a pr...
  • Power House
    • Mar 27, 2015

    APEC 2015: A wrap-up and a look toward next year

    Another Applied Power Electronics Conference (APEC) has drawn to a close. I hope all of the attendees had an uneventful trip home. Over the years, APEC has changed for me. My first APEC was in 1999 (although I know plenty of you have attended for much longer than that); it was kind of like “speed dating.” You meet a lot of people in a very...
  • Motor Drive & Control
    • Mar 27, 2015

    Optimized thermal design for three-phase motor drives in power tools – Part 1

    Everyone loves power tools, whether cordless or corded. Cordless tools can use brushed or brushless DC (BLDC) motors . But, brushless motors are more efficient and have less maintenance, low noise and a longer life. In this two-part blog series, we will first discuss the basics of thermal design for three-phase motor drives used in these power tools...
  • The Official MSP430 Blog
    • Mar 27, 2015

    Ready to try our new 32-bit MSP432™ MCUs?

    Earlier this week we announced the ultra-low-power MSP432™ MCU platform, the industry’s lowest power ARM® Cortex®-M4F microcontrollers. Period. We designed the MSP432 MCU platform to address a key challenge for the industry – how do you pack in more functionality without bursting your energy budget? Think of this challenge...
  • Fully Charged
    • Mar 27, 2015

    3 frequently asked questions about charging wearables

    The TI E2E™ Community Power forum is a resource where engineers and designers of all different levels can ask questions and gain insight from TI experts. When designing a wearable application, we’ve seen some common questions about charge...
  • University Program
    • Mar 26, 2015

    India faculty programs bridge gap between industry and education

    Bridges connect two entities and give them the opportunity to interact with each other. The TI Faculty Development Program (FDP) is one such bridge that connects industry with educational institutions efficiently. FDPs are professio...
  • ConnecTIng Wirelessly
    • Mar 26, 2015

    And the award goes to…SimpleLink Wi-Fi CC3200

    Written by: Kimberly Kulesh We are excited that the SimpleLink™ Wi-Fi® CC3200 wireless MCU has been selected as the winner of several prestigious awards for industry excellence. As a part of the latest generation of the SimpleLink Wi-Fi family, this Internet-on a-chip™ solution allows developers to easily add wireless connectivity...
  • Think. Innovate
    • Mar 26, 2015

    Connecting students with the International Space Station

    Three-hundred and fifty students sat in complete silence in the auditorium at Council Rock High School South just outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The only sound heard was the constant static from the speakers hanging overhead. On stage sat three members of the K3DN.org amateur radio (ham radio) operating club, along with a science and astronomy...
  • Behind the Wheel
    • Mar 26, 2015

    New approach for inrush current clamping with smart high side switch

    Smart Power High Side Switch is the device with protection and diagnosis features, in which the system can easily realize the high reliability and intelligent fault detection. It’s widely used in automotive and industrial applications, for exam...