Recent blog posts
  • Power House
    • Jan 20, 2017

    Understanding undervoltage lockout

    I'm told that the optimum environment for the human body is somewhere between 21 ° C and 30 ° C degrees, so inside TI’s air-conditioned office – set year-round to a toasty 23°C – conditions are perfect to deliver optimum performance (at least, that’s what my boss tells me). In wintertime in central Europe,...
  • ConnecTIng Wirelessly
    • Jan 19, 2017

    5 need to know facts about the new SimpleLink™ Bluetooth low energy CC2640R2F wireless MCU

    Here are the top 5 things you need to know about TI’s latest Bluetooth® low energy device: SimpleLink™ CC2640R2F wireless microcontroller (MCU). 5. Expansion of the SimpleLink™ CC2640 family The CC2640R2F device is pin-to-pin compatible in QFN packages to the SimpleLink Bluetooth low energy CC2640 wireless MCU, making it...
  • MSP Low-Power Plays
    • Jan 18, 2017

    Step 2 to build a smart thermostat using an MCU– It’s all about the sensing

    Co-authored by Bhargavi Nisarga , Systems Engineer at TI Hopefully you are all just waiting to get your hands on the smart thermostat project we outlined in our first blog post . Now, let’s get started with the sensing part of the smart thermosta...
  • Think. Innovate
    • Jan 18, 2017

    One to Watch: First-generation American innovator says: ‘You have to want it’

    In our ongoing series, ‘One to Watch,’ we profile TIers who are making a difference through innovation or citizenship. David Jauregui’s internal drive and relentless curiosity took root at a young age as he watched his parents pursu...
  • Power House
    • Jan 17, 2017

    Upgrading USB chargers from Type-A to Type-C

    USB chargers are becoming more and more prevalent, and seem on their way to becoming universal. They’ve gone from just being on your computer to being in wall outlets, wall warts, car panels, airplane seats, and more. Traditional USB Type-A cha...
  • Fully Charged
    • Jan 17, 2017

    How 1.2% more efficiency can help you charge faster and cooler

    With portable products packed with new features and an embedded lithium-ion battery inside, one key design consideration is how to optimize the end-user experience with fast and cool charging. Most higher-current (>1A) portable electronics have adopted a high-efficiency synchronous-switching battery charger with integrated MOSFETs. These chargers...
  • Analog Wire
    • Jan 17, 2017

    Inductive sensing: reliably detect faults in circuit breakers using contactless inductive switches

    In my last blog post , I discussed how to use inductive switches for proximity applications. In this post, I want to discuss how to use inductive switches in slide switch applications to make circuit breakers more reliable. Circuit breakers typically ...
  • Power House
    • Jan 12, 2017

    How to overcome minimum on-time challenges in switching power supplies

    In switching power supplies such as a buck converter, the duty cycle controls the output voltage with respect to the input voltage. While a higher switching frequency is great for reducing the solution size by enabling the use of a small inductor, there is a minimum on-time that must be satisfied in order for the switching power supply to function properly...
  • University Program
    • Jan 12, 2017

    Students change the world with 3 innovative projects

    As technology continues to evolve and advance, students across the globe are stepping up to push the boundaries on what’s possible to make modern solutions more efficient and accurate. Not only do these students ideate and create; they’re now preparing to take their products to market as emerging entrepreneurs. Three projects from groups...
  • Analog Wire
    • Jan 12, 2017

    Explore the non-speed-related benefits of CAN FD

    Most discussions about Controller Area Network with Flexible Data-Rate (CAN FD) invariably revolve around its most distinctive feature – increased speed. Naturally, this leads to the assumption that if you don’t need the speed, then you don’t need FD. But that is not always true! Join me as I take a look at a couple of the lesser-known...
  • Industrial Strength
    • Jan 11, 2017

    How to design with isolated LVDS in your industrial system

    Isolation, as you know, is used in a wide variety of applications: to protect human operators and low-voltage circuitry from high voltages, to improve robustness to noise, and to handle ground potential differences between communicating subsystems. A myriad of isolation products exist in the market: digital isolators, isolated controller area network...
  • Power House
    • Jan 11, 2017

    Integrated power devices simplify FPGA and SoC designs

    Industrial electronics are trending toward smaller board sizes, sleeker form factors and more cost-effectiveness. Due to these trends, electronic system designers must reduce the size and cost of printed circuit boards (PCBs). Industrial systems using field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) and system on chips (SoCs) require multiple power rails while...
  • Power House
    • Jan 11, 2017

    What is a watchdog timer and why is it important?

    Much like a small, yappy dog that lives in a celebrity’s purse, watchdog timers are often considered unnecessary or excessive. To equate the two, how ever, would do a great disservice to the watchdog. Unlike “purse dogs,” watchdogs add critical monitoring features that allow you to internally and externally monitor your system for...
  • Fully Charged
    • Jan 10, 2017

    How do you detect battery aging in rarely discharged applications?

    Battery packs are used in the products that we depend on daily. Many of our portable devices such as our cell phones, our watches and our tablet computers are constantly at our sides and running on batteries. Consequently, their batteries discharge throughout the day and we have to recharge them every one to two days. We assume that the gauges in these...
  • Analog Wire
    • Jan 10, 2017

    Don’t let bad reference signals destroy the phase noise in your PLL/synthesizer

    “You are what you eat” is a commonly heard saying that recommends the careful selection of food, given its ability to directly affect our health and well-being. Although not an exact comparison, the concept applies if you think of your input reference signal as the food, ingested by the phase-locked loop (PLL)/synthesizer, which affects...