Recent blog posts
  • ConnecTIng Wirelessly
    • Apr 21, 2015

    NFC/RFID for access control: Sniffing for cards

    RFID cards or badges are commonly used to enable contactless access control. This is commonly seen in office buildings to provide access to the building and restrict access to certain areas. Near Field Communication (NFC), which uses the same ISO and IEC standards and protocols utilized by 13.56 MHz RFID, is also available in many smartphones. These...
  • University Program
    • Apr 21, 2015

    Minimizing farming risks in India with TI technology enabled solutions

    The following is a guest blog post written by Professor H.S Jamadagni of the Department of Electronic Systems Engineering at the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) in Bangalore. Professor Jamadagni focuses on research in the areas of embedded systems...
  • Behind the Wheel
    • Apr 21, 2015

    Minivan or sports convertible - Whatever your style, NFC technology can make it smarter

    On a recent business trip to Silicon Valley, I was posed with a (not so) tough choice when the rep at the car rental counter informed me they were out of cars in my category. I was given a choice between a minivan and a yellow sports convertible. Oh ...
  • The Process
    • Apr 21, 2015

    System optimized alternative to FPGA, NO Bazinga!

    Imagine a world where ... products in industrial markets evolve at a pace, as the consumer “phone” has in the past 15 years. sophisticated medical diagnostic equipment currently relegated to regional hospitals, is now portable, batter...
  • Fully Charged
    • Apr 20, 2015

    The most popular battery charging solutions for wearables

    Several new battery charging devices were introduced for low power and wearable applications in past Fully Charged blogs In fact, a real power solution of a wearable device includes a lot more components than just a battery charger. Now let’s look at some of the most popular devices to be considered when designing the charging solution of your...
  • Power House
    • Apr 20, 2015

    PMICs – The smart, high-efficiency power solution for smart home applications

    When designing an energy harvesting application such as smart meters, thermostats or smart-connected homes, there are several critical factors to consider. You must maximize efficiency, avoid any components that can cause board leakages, and use the power-saving mode to avoid power loss. Using power-saving modes is the best way to design the most efficient...
  • Industrial Strength
    • Apr 20, 2015

    What is the IQ of your home or building? Is it indeed smart?

    It’s hard to believe that just a few short years ago, the only automation commonly found in homes consisted of a security system communicating to an alarm company through a plain old telephone service (POTS) line. The reality of a smart home wa...
  • 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...