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  • Enlightened: The TI DLP® Blog
    • Aug 25, 2016

    Quick flexibility tips for customizing SNR and resolution on your spectrometer design

    Engineers understand the essential importance of two key performance metrics for any spectrometer design: signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) and spectral resolution. SNR is the ratio of signal power to noise power. This is important because it determines the consistency of the spectrums measured. Resolution is significant because it determines the minimum...
  • Industrial Strength
    • Aug 25, 2016

    How to integrate position encoder master protocols into Sitara™ processor applications

    If you have been following my multiprotocol Industrial Ethernet blog series , you already know that I am a big fan of the programmable real-time unit and industrial communication subsystem (PRU-ICSS), a programmable peripheral inside Sitara™ processors. In this post, I want to talk about another application where PRU-ICSS helps integrate your...
  • Think. Innovate
    • Aug 25, 2016

    Out of Office: Building a bridge over troubled waters

    TIers do amazing things every day at work and when they are out of the office. In our ongoing series, ‘Out of Office,’ we showcase the unique and fascinating hobbies, talents and interests of TIers all over the world. When a Bavarian city was completely destroyed by floodwaters earlier this summer, two TIers from our Freising, Germany...
  • Power House
    • Aug 25, 2016

    Power Tips: How GaN devices boost resonant converter efficiency

    Wide-bandgap power devices such as gallium nitride (GaN) and silicon carbide (SiC) field effect transistors (FETs) have become commercially available in recent years. Compared with high-voltage (≥600V) silicon FETs, GaN and SiC FETs generally have...
  • Analog Wire
    • Aug 25, 2016

    Get Connected: Driving the development of CAN protocols at Plugfest

    Welcome back to the Get Connected blog series on Analog Wire. In my previous post, we explored the pros and cons of operating RS-485 links without any termination on the bus. With careful selection of the RS-485 device, you can eliminate the termination resistors from some buses, and thus remove the need to know the farthest reaches of the bus, making...
  • Fully Charged
    • Aug 24, 2016

    Pass your power bank EMI test

    A key design challenge for designing a power bank is passing the EMI test. Electronics engineers often fear about the EMI test failure. And it would be a nightmare if the circuit failed the EMI again and again. You would have to work day and night in the EMI lab to fix the problem to avoid product launch delays. For the consumer products like power...
  • Think. Innovate
    • Aug 23, 2016

    The power of STEM for a better world

    We are firm believers that empowering a next-generation STEM-capable workforce will fuel tomorrow’s innovation and create stronger communities. This is why the TI Foundation has again made a substantial investment in improving kindergarten thro...
  • Industrial Strength
    • Aug 22, 2016

    Where shrinking makes sense: improving isolated, split-rail power designs in industrial applications

    Reducing solution size, component costs and power losses are getting more and more important in industrial applications. Analog I/O modules for Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) are a good example for a need to meet those requirements. Industry 4.0 describes a trend towards further automation combined with intelligent communication. As a result...
  • Power House
    • Aug 22, 2016

    Staying cool, efficiently

    Looking back at my childhood in one of coastal India’s cities, I remember dense humidity paired with tolerable heat in the low 90s – a classic equatorial climate. But when I visit now, I notice that the temperatures are much higher, often exceeding 100 ° F. I also notice split air conditioners installed almost everywhere; these were...
  • Fully Charged
    • Aug 22, 2016

    Join the wireless power LinkedIn chat

    Want to learn more about wireless power? Bring your questions to our expert panel as IEEE, TI and the Wireless Power Consortium (WPC) team up to host a free live Q&A on the IEEE Power Electronics Society LinkedIn Group. Request to join the group ...
  • On the Grid
    • Aug 19, 2016

    Quantifying harmonic distortion: Options for calculating THD

    The proliferation of nonlinear electric loads is threatening electric grid reliability in industrial, commercial and residential premises. What are nonlinear loads? They are any piece of electric equipment whose impedance changes with applied voltage. Examples in industrial applications include large variable-frequency motor drives or high-current arc...
  • Precision Hub
    • Aug 19, 2016

    How to design cost-sensitive DC instrumentation circuits

    Many sensors produce low-level DC outputs that require a high input-impedance amplification stage to increase the signal amplitude. Sensors used in personal and portable electronics require operational amplifier (op amp) circuits that provide high in...
  • Industrial Strength
    • Aug 18, 2016

    Engineering magic: Touch through thick glass with LEDs and LCD

    Not impressed with the magic trick revealed in the previous post ? Then check out this one: We kept working on our touch-through-glass application and managed to improve it. Using an MSP430™ microcontroller (MCU) with CapTIvate™ technology (the MSP430FR2633 ), we were able to control light-emitting diodes (LEDs) and a liquid crystal display...
  • Think. Innovate
    • Aug 18, 2016

    Bionic arms turn kids without limbs into superheroes

    For kids who dream of being a superhero or heroine, receiving a bionic prosthetic arm that looks like something out of Iron Man or Captain America might be the highlight of their young lives. It’s right up there with overcoming a disability t...
  • Analog Wire
    • Aug 18, 2016

    Eight things to consider when choosing haptic feedback – part 2

    In the first installment of this two-part series, I discussed five things you should consider when picking a haptic driver and recent haptic advancements. To close this series off, we will cover the three remaining reasons. Closed-loop architecture As in most systems, closed-loop architectures are the most ideal designs. TI’s closed-loop...