Recent blog posts
  • Power House
    • Dec 7, 2016

    Stack current with PowerStack packages for higher power POL

    Voltage regulators, particularly DC/DC converters with integrated MOSFETs, have evolved from being simple, low-power supplies defined by input voltage, output voltage and current to now being capable of delivering much higher power, monitoring ...
  • Industrial Strength
    • Dec 6, 2016

    RS-485 basics: two ways to fail-safe bias your network

    In the last installment of this series , I discussed when you need terminations in an RS-485 network and how to implement both standard and AC termination schemes. In this installment, I will explore two common ways to handle idle bus conditions so that there is a guaranteed logical state on the bus. Because RS-485 is a multipoint topology network...
  • Fully Charged
    • Dec 6, 2016

    Make your power bank more reliable with output short-circuit protection

    Lithium ion (Li-Ion) or lithium polymer (LiPo) batteries are key components in some portable systems, especially power banks. But on rare occasions, these batteries have the potential risk of catching on fire or even exploding in short-circuit, overvoltage or high-temperature conditions. An increasing number of such incidences are occurring even today...
  • Think. Innovate
    • Dec 5, 2016

    Engineer thrives on solving big-picture challenges

    In our ongoing series, “One to Watch,” we profile TIers who are making a difference through innovation or citizenship. When Chris Kraft accepts a challenge, he digs deep into the data, identifies patterns and often finds solutions that el...
  • Industrial Strength
    • Dec 5, 2016

    Industrial innovation on display at SPS IPC Drives

    German design engineers often associate November with electronica (even though it's an every other year event), but the "other big industrial conference" designers anticipate is the SPS IPC Drives show in Nürnberg. TI recently showed off several innovative technologies to thousands of attendees, including eye-catcher demos such as...
  • Analog Wire
    • Dec 5, 2016

    How switching above the AM band eases automotive Class-D amplifier EMC designs

    As I recall riding in my dad’s 1957 Chevy, every time he would change the radio to a new station in the AM band, I could hear a lot of static. This loud buzzing sound represents noise from the car’s alternator or ignition system, which either gets transferred into the power supply of the radio or interferes with the radio’s antenna...
  • Power House
    • Dec 2, 2016

    When should you use PWM controllers?

    PWM is a control method that can be applied to many power-supply topologies. And because power supplies, regardless of topology, are used in an endless set of applications, they have the reputation of being used everywhere; PWMs are used in a wide variety of applications. PWM is short for pulse-width modulation. In the context of a switched-mode...
  • Enlightened: The TI DLP® Blog
    • Dec 1, 2016

    What to consider when developing an aftermarket head-up display (HUD)

    Demand for automotive displays that go beyond traditional dashboards, instrument clusters and center cluster is growing as head-up display (HUD) innovation accelerates from a proven concept to commercial reality. Integrated HUD solutions offered by original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) continue to appear in new automobiles. Aftermarket HUD solutions...
  • Analog Wire
    • Dec 1, 2016

    How to correct 10Gbps performance issues with a USB Type-C™ active redriver multiplexer

    With today’s 4K ultra high-definition (UHD) TVs (and future 8K UHD TVs), as well as solid-state storage speeds, more video and data bandwidth is a must. Interface standards groups in the industry are addressing this trend by enabling more video and data bandwidth. For example, the Video Electronics Standards Association (VESA) DisplayPort 1.4...
  • Think. Innovate
    • Nov 30, 2016

    White paper: Electrifying automotive to accelerate a greener planet

    Imagine a future in which cities are bustling with self-driven, zero-emission vehicles that communicate to each other and the roads as part of a greener, more efficient environment. Cars will park themselves and recharge themselves. They’ll be ...
  • ConnecTIng Wirelessly
    • Nov 30, 2016

    Bluetooth® low energy multi-role demystified

    I’ve been hearing a buzz word lately in the Bluetooth ® low energy realm: Multi-role. I had a few suspicions but I wasn’t quite sure what everyone was talking about. This called for further investigation, and like any curious Millennial, I quickly “Googled it.” But I realized instead of learning this information second hand...
  • Analog Wire
    • Nov 29, 2016

    How you can use the LDC racetrack inductor designer tool

    In my previous post, I introduced the LDC calculator tool, which you can download here . It can calculate a number of useful parameters for an Inductive Sensing application. LDC devices use inductors to sense the movement of conductive targets. At TI, we commonly use spiral traces routed on a printed circuit board (PCB) to form sensing inductors...
  • Power House
    • Nov 29, 2016

    Four tips to debug a boost converter

    The most efficient way to solve a problem with a converter such as failure to startup, output voltage unstable, etc. is to do some basic debugging. Basic debugging would rule out some obvious problems, like fault assembling or the wrong components and, the debugging data can help support engineers of TI to find the root cause quickly. In this blog post...
  • Behind the Wheel
    • Nov 28, 2016

    Here we grow again

    I’m sure you’ve heard the saying, “two heads are better than one.” The truth of this statement is evident when you consider the increase in efficiency and productivity when tasks are shared between two individuals. Would...
  • Analog Wire
    • Nov 28, 2016

    Why phase noise matters in RF sampling converters

    ** This is the 16th post in an Analog Wire RF sampling blog series . ** Radio frequency (RF) sampling data converters support very wide signal bandwidths and a variety of modulation schemes. The clocking performance for the RF sampling data converter is very important. I previously discussed the importance of the sampling clock and the implications...