Recent blog posts
  • Power House
    • May 5, 2015

    Power Tips: How to measure Bode plots with DCAP regulators

    Control-loop gain, which can be plotted in a Bode plot, is a good indicator of system stability. Control-loop bandwidth also directly affects transient response performance. DCAP™ or DCAP2™ /DCAP3™ regulators (which I’ll refer to as DCAPx in this discussion) became popular for their simplicity. The DCAPx poses a challenge...
  • Precision Hub
    • May 5, 2015

    Understanding Voltage References, Part 3 - How to achieve shunt reference flexibility with series reference precision

    In the first post in our Understanding Voltage References series, my colleague Christopher Dean explained how to pick the one voltage reference topology for your system . Today I’ll address how to achieve shunt reference flexibility with series reference precision. A series voltage reference is a three-terminal device: VIN, VOUT and GND. It...
  • Think. Innovate
    • May 5, 2015

    Help Mom find her Qi

    You’ve heard the expression “busy mom” and have seen her in action. From shuttling kids to school and extracurricular activities to juggling her own schedule, she is constantly on the go. And most moms will tell you what they really could use is a little more energy. With Mother’s Day coming up May 10 in the U.S., here...
  • Analog Wire
    • May 5, 2015

    Differential pairs: what you really need to know

    The demand for speed is ever increasing, and transmission rates are doubling every few years. This trend is seen in many modern communications systems such as PCIe in computing, SAS and SATA in storage, and Gigabit Ethernet in cloud computing. This i...
  • The Process
    • May 5, 2015

    Wireless infrastructure - Now simpler and more accessible!

    The past few years have seen a sea change in terms of wireless technology. A few years back if someone pictured a basestation, images of a mast with multiple antennas and a labyrinth of wires running into a dusty, mysterious shed would come to mind. ...
  • Analog Wire
    • May 4, 2015

    Inductive sensing: How to configure a multichannel LDC system - part 1

    Last week , I introduced the latest addition to our inductance-to-digital converter (LDC) portfolio. We released four multichannel LDCs : the LDC1312 and LDC1612 , which feature two matched channels; and the LDC1314 and LDC1614 , which have four matched ...
  • Fully Charged
    • May 4, 2015

    MaxCharge™ Technology‒ Faster Charge with More Mobility

    Imagine your life without a smartphone or tablet. It is almost impossible! From connecting with friends, checking emails, GPS, updating social media accounts, keeping up with news and much more, these devices have become indispensable from our daily lives. The ever-increasing data processing speeds require more function-packed application processors...
  • Power House
    • May 2, 2015

    Understanding MOSFET data sheets, Part 2 - Safe operating area (SOA) graph

    As a product marketing engineer for power MOSFETs , I probably get more questions about the Safe Operating Area (SOA) curve than maybe any other topic on the FET datasheet, with the exception of current ratings (which not so coincidentally w...
  • Analog Wire
    • May 1, 2015

    An industrial strength education

    When looking for answers to questions these days, it’s almost instinctive to use the Internet, often on a portable device. In fact, you are probably reading this post on a battery-operated device, and the only wire you need is for nightly charg...
  • Precision Hub
    • May 1, 2015

    Simple solutions for supplying your isolated delta-sigma modulator

    The AMC1304 reinforced isolated modulator family is designed specifically for systems, such as motor controllers and solar power inverters , where the presence of high voltage demands the use of an isolation barrier in order to protect both the end user and sensitive components. Because of this isolation barrier requirement, you’ll need two power...
  • Fully Charged
    • May 1, 2015

    FPGAs & PMICs: Perfect companions for next generation Industrial systems

    Most modern field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) are integrated with ARM cores in order to offer the performance and power savings of application-specific integrated circuits (ASICs) and the flexibility of programmable logic. An FPGA’s flexibility usually provides bliss for industrial programmable logic controller (PLC) or motor-drive designers...
  • Industrial Strength
    • May 1, 2015

    How are washing machines like bats? Using sound to improve our lives.

    Austin, Texas has many attractions — music, technology and food, to name a few. But for visitors in the summer months, there is one attraction that no one should miss. Every day at dusk, up to 3 million bats fly out from under one of the city bridges and over a small lake, heading east to consume literally tons of mosquitoes and flying insects...
  • Enlightened: The TI DLP® Blog
    • May 1, 2015

    From crops to store shelves, the future is looking bright for near-infrared spectroscopy

    While they’ve existed for 60 years, few realize the importance of near-infrared (NIR) spectrometers for measuring energy reflected from or through various materials. NIR spectrometers help an array of industries -- agriculture, forensics, pharmaceuticals, petroleum, healthcare, and many more -- determine the molecular “fingerprint”...
  • Motor Drive & Control
    • May 1, 2015

    Using Hall effect sensors in your rotary encoder application

    Rotational sensing is used in a variety of applications, including cars, motor shafts and turbines. Traditionally in these types of applications, designers have used mechanical or optical solutions to sense rotation, but with tradeoffs. Learn how you...
  • Industrial Strength
    • Apr 30, 2015

    CAN we start at the very beginning?

    Welcome to the first post in a new series about the controller area network (CAN). Our intention with this series is to provide a well-thought-out overview of CAN, starting with the basics, and quickly get into feature details and common application questions that come up when designing a CAN network, and filling in more detail with example applications...