Recent blog posts
  • ConnecTIng Wirelessly
    • Apr 19, 2015

    Your smartphone can help you control vital data using NFC

    In the post “ Journey through a smart city of the future ” we illustrated how advances in semiconductor technology combined with bio sensors on a smart patch can improve quality of life. Similarly, in the post “ The Sixth Sense. What would you do with it ?” we introduced the concept of the medical sensor patch.. Now we are one...
  • On the Grid
    • Apr 19, 2015

    Smart Cities, a way to make the world a better place for future generations

    Smart cities, a concept that has evolved over the past few years has been a result of several initiatives coming together. If one looks at growing urban populations relative to the availability of resources, there is definitely a concern with the qua...
  • Fully Charged
    • Apr 17, 2015

    Get the noise out of my IoT

    Powering radio frequency (RF) components in battery-powered applications is tricky because RF components are very sensitive to noise and interference. To handle this challenge, you might choose to power your RF applications with low-dropout regulators (LDOs) to filter noise. Sure, LDOs do a great job filtering, but they have low efficiency. DC/DC converters...
  • The Process
    • Apr 17, 2015

    It’s fun, informative and a little bit awkward – it’s our new DSP video series

    Here at TI, we’re passionate about our DSPs . To help share that passion with you, we’ve created a new video series called “DSP Breaktime” featuring myself and Dr. Arnon Friedmann where we’ll give you our thoughts in a ho...
  • Behind the Wheel
    • Apr 17, 2015

    Instrument clusters: moving beyond chimes and dings (part 2)

    The automotive instrument cluster has evolved from a basic display of information and statuses to include a variety of gauges, indicators and lights, as well as acoustical effects. As discussed in the first part of this blog series , depending on the target customer base for the vehicle, you can implement an instrument cluster audio subsystem in...
  • Power House
    • Apr 16, 2015

    Controlling error in measuring power-supply efficiency

    Many elements go in to making excellent efficiency measurements in power supplies, but let’s concentrate here on temperature stabilization. Other concerns include quality and calibration of measurements and shunts. As efficiency requires two voltage and two current measurements, errors from the voltage and current meters used can stack up. With...
  • Industrial Strength
    • Apr 16, 2015

    Building the Industrial Internet of Things

    The Internet of Things or IoT is an enabling technology that is delivering new use cases and services across a wide variety of markets and applications. When people think of the IoT, they often think of home or personal applications, but in reality, ...
  • Think. Innovate
    • Apr 16, 2015

    TI welcomes introduction of Trade Promotion Authority

    Today, Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Ranking Member Ron Wyden (D-OR), and Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) introduced The Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and Accountability Act of 2015 to reinstate Trade Promotion Authority (TPA). As a leading global semiconductor company with more than 100,000 customers worldwide, Texas Instruments welcomes the...
  • University Program
    • Apr 16, 2015

    Stanford student creates pocket-size science lab

    This story originally appeared on Think.Innovate and tells how an innovative student used TI Technology to fill a growing need in the math and science classroom. Clifton Roozeboom watches the organized chaos before him – dozens of middle school students performing somersaults, cartwheels and ballerina-like spins. At first glance, it appears to...
  • ConnecTIng Wirelessly
    • Apr 16, 2015

    Take control of your LaunchPad sensor data with Temboo Streaming

    By: Vaughn Shinall, head of product outreach, Temboo Have you ever wanted an easy way to store sensor data that you’ve been tracking from a LaunchPad application you’ve built? Temboo just released a new IoT feature called Streaming that lets you do just that--now, you can quickly connect your LaunchPad to the cloud data storage and management...
  • Enlightened: The TI DLP® Blog
    • Apr 16, 2015

    Here’s why head-up displays are coming to a windshield near you

    Adjust the thermostat. Change the radio station. Check the speedometer and gas gauges. Glance at the kids in the back seat. Try not to spill the coffee. Grab your smartphone to see who just texted. Oh and by the way -- don’t forget to keep your hands on the steering wheel. Clearly, the daily car commute is a dizzyingly complex task many of...
  • Motor Drive & Control
    • Apr 15, 2015

    The evolution of electronic prototyping

    Figure 1: Solderless breadboard (source: Wikipedia) The breadboard…. A relic from days long past, at least that’s what you hear many people say. Everyone remembers their university class, generally an “Electronics 101” type of class, where they were asked to build some sort of circuit on a breadboard (mine was an adder) and...
  • Behind the Wheel
    • Apr 15, 2015

    48V systems: a good intersection between efficiency and cost in mild hybrids

    Those involved in the automotive market are constantly hearing about the 48V system. Why 48V? 48V systems are being adopted in power-train electrification because they: Are less expensive, as they don’t require large batteries. Do not require a high level of isolation and safety, as the voltage is below 60V. Offer improved efficiency...
  • Power House
    • Apr 15, 2015

    Noise requirements for ADC power supplies

    So far in this blogs series, we’ve looked at the power supply rejection ratio (PSRR) of the ADC and the PSRR requirements for the prior power stage to ensure minimal noise. Before further analyzing the power supply, we need to understand the impact of supply noise on the ADC. In this blog, we will look into the thermal and flicker noise requirements...
  • Precision Hub
    • Apr 14, 2015

    2-wire 4-20mA sensor transmitters: Background and common issues (Part 6)

    In part 5 of this blog series , I discussed the construction of an input-isolated 2-wire sensor transmitter. Input-isolated 2-wire transmitters require isolating the sensor power and data signals from the 2-wire loop supply and 2-wire loop return (RTN). The main challenge when creating input-isolated or other complex 2-wire sensor transmitters is keeping...