Recent blog posts
  • Analog Wire
    • Apr 27, 2015

    Inductive sensing: Meet the new multichannel LDCs

    If you have been reading my blog series on how to design inductive sensing with the LDC1000 inductance-to-digital converter since we released it , you know how excited I am about the many uses and design opportunities. But it until now, design could ...
  • Power House
    • Apr 25, 2015

    Understanding MOSFET data sheets, Part 1 - UIS/avalanche ratings

    When it comes to MOSFET datasheets, you have to know what you’re looking for. While certain parameters are obvious and explicit (BVDSS, RDS(ON), gate charge), others can be ambiguous at best (ID, SOA curves), while others can be downright usele...
  • On the Grid
    • Apr 25, 2015

    Really smart cities in real time

    Have you been to Stockholm, Sweden? What about Glasgow, Scotland, or New York City in the U.S.? Or Calgary, Canada? If so, have you noticed anything different or special about these cities? They all have one thing in common—they have been recog...
  • Behind the Wheel
    • Apr 24, 2015

    Measuring wheels In motion

    Systems that have moving mechanical components often have a need to measure something rotating. In a car, the speed of the wheels is used for the speedometer, traction control, anti-lock brakes and cruise control. The engine’s RPM is monitored to control the transmission and stay under the redline. Power windows are often controlled by a...
  • Motor Drive & Control
    • Apr 24, 2015

    Designing an energy-efficient BLDC ceiling fan solution

    Rapid advancement in power electronics technologies and wider availability of highly integrated ICs to embed motor control algorithms now makes it easy to use a brushless DC (BLDC) motor instead of traditional induction or DC motors. BLDC motors do not have mechanical brushes and commutators so they provide higher torque/power-to-weight ratio, run efficiently...
  • Fully Charged
    • Apr 24, 2015

    Enhancing your Internet-connected home device

    Are you connected? If you are reading this blog, absolutely! You are connected to the Internet through your home computer, tablet , smartphone , car, library or coffee shop. And the list seems to grow every day. Other devices to add to the “connected” list include thermostats, smoke alarms, interior lighting and home appliances. On many...
  • The Official MSP430 Blog
    • Apr 24, 2015

    Get the most out of integrated analog with MSP432 MCUs

    By now you’re probably well aware that our MSP MCUs are much more than digital microcontrollers. A big part of MSP430 and MSP432 MCU portfolios is the integrated analog. Integrated analog helps in applications that need low power to ensure exte...
  • Precision Hub
    • Apr 24, 2015

    What happens behind the scenes of RF base stations? (Part 2)

    In my previous blog post , I talked about power amplifiers (PAs) and their use in wireless base stations. The main takeaway was how quiescent current, or the DC current through the PA, plays a large role in overall system performance and efficiency. This quiescent current, I DSQ , is chosen to optimize power dissipation and signal (radio frequency ...
  • ConnecTIng Wirelessly
    • Apr 24, 2015

    UNB (ultra-narrow band) long range communication for a smarter City

    What problems could you solve if you had a connected smart city sensor that could live for over 10 years without maintenance? Innovation in RF connectivity now enables many new ways for cities to manage resources, making them greener, more efficient and more convenient. Myriads of sensors are finding their way into the everyday life of a city, managing...
  • Power House
    • Apr 24, 2015

    Power Tips: A Simple Circuit Yields Fast, Controllable Transient Loads

    Many application processors demand fast changes in load current including FPGAs, ASICs and other high-power CPUs. The power supplies for these systems require special attention to control topology selection and output filter design to support fast current steps. Once designed, a key challenge is testing the power supply against the specified current...
  • Fully Charged
    • Apr 23, 2015

    What would comprehensive battery management look like?

    bq40z60 system block diagram Managing a rechargeable lithium-ion battery could range from simple protection features built-in to the cell to extensive external-pack-level management. While designed-in cell-level safety measures are a must-have, a smart battery calls for a comprehensive multilevel management system. In broad terms, these comprehensive...
  • On the Grid
    • Apr 23, 2015

    TI fuels the future of renewable energy

    Imagine a day where everyone would have access to energy that is smart, that is affordable and that is green. Innovations at TI are helping make such vision a reality. Today, renewable energy accounts for close to 10% of the total energy consum...
  • Enlightened: The TI DLP® Blog
    • Apr 23, 2015

    INFOGRAPHIC: From brilliant idea to the Oscar®

    Today is the final day of CinemaCon 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada, and what a week it has been. This is the fifth year of the annual event celebrating the movie going experience, and what would that experience be like without the TI DLP Cinema ® chip invention? DLP Cinema chips are used in more than 118,000 theatres worldwide, but it has humble beginnings...
  • The Process
    • Apr 23, 2015

    Adding Smart to Substation

    While the green power grid of tomorrow presents an opportunity for overall enhanced power and operational efficiency , it inherently brings a highly intricate networked systems with complex data management and control. In traditional substation system...
  • Think. Innovate
    • Apr 23, 2015

    Shop class isn’t just for boys

    Growing up in Malaysia, I didn’t know what a career in engineering could mean for me. I did know that I really liked to take stuff apart. I’d go through my house and find things I could dismantle without getting into trouble. I particularly remember a broken VCR. I couldn’t wait to see what was inside – the magnetic tape, spooling...