Recent blog posts
  • 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 primary-side-regulated (PSR) converter. The primary (nonisolated) output is directly regulated using closed...
  • 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 example, as a power switch for the rear view camera or the LCD screen in the infotainment system. One...
  • Behind the Wheel
    • Mar 26, 2015

    Power over your Coax

    Many smaller automotive electronic sub-systems receive their power from a coaxial cable. This cable combines the power and data transmission to reduce the number of cables required. This cable reduction decreases the extra weight and cost from the additional sub-system. The numerous cameras appearing in new cars frequently use this “power over...
  • Analog Wire
    • Mar 25, 2015

    How to protect USB host ports with ESD current-limit protection devices

    One of the hottest topics regarding interface technology today is the universal serial bus (USB) Type-C connector, popular for its reversibility, higher data transfer, power delivery and additional protocols. While there is much excitement over the new standard, the reality is that the USB Type-A connector is still prominent and is being designed into...
  • Fully Charged
    • Mar 25, 2015

    How to build a simple regulated positive and negative split supply

    Creating a split supply that delivers both a positive and negative voltage to the system has always been a pain on a good day for most of us. Some systems use push-pull transformers. Others use a boost converter with an AC-coupled output to create a ...
  • University Program
    • Mar 24, 2015

    VIDEO: Why we believe diversity fuels innovation

    Why are we passionate about educating and engaging the next generation of engineers? From first time learners in kindergarten to students pursuing higher education - finding creative solutions to problems requires a team of minds with different ...
  • Precision Hub
    • Mar 24, 2015

    Doing the math: The inside story of the Analog Engineer’s Pocket Reference

    As an analog applications engineer, much of my problem-solving involves recommending application circuits for customers to use as subcircuits in their overall product design. Thus, I understand the need for standard values, formulas, printed circuit ...
  • Think. Innovate
    • Mar 24, 2015

    DIY with TI: Inventing the perfect game show buzzer

    At TI, we celebrate the makers and hobbyists who enjoy creating and innovating on their own time. In our ongoing DIY with TI series, we share their incredible Do It Yourself inventions using TI technology. The buzzer is as synonymous with game shows as hosts with bad hair, big cash prizes and live studio audiences. But the Quiz Club in TI India,...