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  • Motor Drive & Control
    • May 28, 2015

    Motor start-up techniques: Part two

    In the first part of the series , I explained how to use ForceAngle within InstaSPIN-FOC™ to regulate motor start up. Next, I will address generating enough torque during start-up and how to maintain alignment to maximize torque. Generating enough Torque As the starting load is increased, the torque you can generate will be based on the...
  • Analog Wire
    • May 27, 2015

    What are you sensing? Re-thinking system efficiency and reliability - part 1

    If you ask an engineer if they would like an efficient and reliable system, the answer will of course be yes. What that definition of efficiency and reliability is – and what it ultimately takes to get the system there – is not nearly as ...
  • Think. Innovate
    • May 27, 2015

    Seattle Seahawks fan rallies behind DIY project

    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. Even in a stadium full of fellow Seattle Seahawks fans, TIer Jason Rubadue has a way of standing out in the crowd of blue, white and neon green...
  • Fully Charged
    • May 27, 2015

    Simplifying your multi-rail power application with one device

    Shortening time to market is a key requirement for any wearable or Internet of Things (IoT) design, such as smart watches, data loggers, sensors, home gateways and more. Many designers are looking for the simplest and quickest way to implement these systems. The challenge seems simple, but is it? Most basic systems contain a microcontroller, sensors...
  • The Official MSP430 Blog
    • May 27, 2015

    Taking advantage of real-time operating systems with MSP432 MCUs

    As your product performance needs are increasing, you may consider porting your existing MSP430 MCU design to TI's new high performance MSP432 MCU platform. Alternatively, as your product power consumption needs are decreasing, you may be conside...
  • Fully Charged
    • May 27, 2015

    Gas gauging solutions for Li-ion batteries: Part 1

    Since it’s commercialization by Sony in 1991, lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries have been widely adopted in portable devices for consumer, industrial and medical markets. The Li-ion battery is now making its way into many more sectors, replacing existing primary (nonrechargeable) batteries and lead-acid batteries due to its high energy density. ...
  • University Program
    • May 26, 2015

    Gain new teaching techniques and free TI tools at ASEE

    Join the TI University Program team at five free hands-on workshops for educators during the American Society for Engineering Education’s (ASEE) 122nd Annual Conference, June 14-17 in Seattle. It is a learning opportunity you won’t ...
  • Power House
    • May 26, 2015

    How is GaN reliability being measured for application relevance?

    A customer recently asked me a question about gallium nitride (GaN) reliability: “It seems that JEDEC (the Joint Electron Device Engineering Council) does not cover application conditions in the switching power world. Any GaN device we would use in an end product should go through such testing. In my opinion, JEDEC should incorporate these kinds...
  • Think. Innovate
    • May 26, 2015

    TI hails Senate passage of TPA-2015

    On May 22, the U.S. Senate passed the Bipartisan Trade Priorities and Accountability Act of 2015 (TPA-2015). “As a company that earns nearly 90 percent of its revenue from markets overseas, TI strongly supports TPA-2015,” said Paula Collins, vice president of worldwide government relations. The bill provides an essential framework...
  • Analog Wire
    • May 26, 2015

    How to get started with current sense amplifiers – part 2

    In part 1 of this series , I discussed the concepts of low-side or high-side monitoring and current flow directionality. In this second installment, I will discuss “how” the current information is used. What do I mean when I say “how...
  • Power House
    • May 25, 2015

    Understanding MOSFET data sheets, Part 3 - Continuous current ratings

    The first thing to understand about MOSFET current ratings is they’re not real. Ok, so maybe a better way to put it is just that they are not measured the way that parameters like RDS(ON) and gate charge are determined, but rather, they are cal...
  • Fully Charged
    • May 22, 2015

    Battery Terms Decoded: Part 3

    I went through many battery terms and acronyms in part 1 and part 2 of this blog series, but now let’s talk about the most common acronym related to lithium-ion (Li-Ion) battery fuel gauging: SOC. You may already know this as state of charge (not system on chip, which is also commonly used for certain semiconductors). When you look at your...
  • Precision Hub
    • May 22, 2015

    Caution! Your ADC may be only as good as its power supply

    When it comes to the analog signal chain, everyone understands the importance of the input signal path. We design our systems to capture and preserve the integrity of signals of interest, while doing our best to block out or reduce interference. We pay careful attention to the selection of every component placed along the way…and then we just...
  • Motor Drive & Control
    • May 22, 2015

    How to spin your stepper motor more efficiently – Part 2

    In part 1 of this series, I provided a few key ideas: TI hearts stepper motors. Stepper motors can be power-hungry. Back electromotive force (EMF) will indicate the stepper-motor load. You can control the output current based on back EMF. This can help save some power. No talking about current regulation! So now that all of...
  • Enlightened: The TI DLP® Blog
    • May 22, 2015

    Smallest HD TI display chipset wins big award

    It’s our smallest and most power efficient micro-mirror array that can generate high-definition (HD) projection displays. And now, it’s also award winning. Last week, Electronic Component News (ECN) announced the winners of the 2015 ECN IMPACT Awards for groundbreaking contributions in electronic design, and the TI DLP ® Pico™...