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  • Power House
    • Aug 29, 2015

    Designing for isolated DC/DC converter shunt safety

    Did you know that your shunt regulator is in danger? No? Don’t worry – the fix is free. Free is good. A very common feedback circuit used in isolated DC-to-DC converter applications uses a shunt regulator such as the ATL431 and an optical...
  • Precision Hub
    • Aug 28, 2015

    Designing output isolated 4-wire sensor transmitters

    In my last post , I discussed the basic structure of 4-wire sensor transmitters and how they differ from 2-wire and 3-wire sensor transmitters. In this post, I will discuss the construction of a locally powered output-isolated 4-wire sensor transmitter like the one shown in Figure 1. Locally powered 4-wire sensor transmitters are popular in applications...
  • ConnecTIng Wirelessly
    • Aug 28, 2015

    Feature-rich cloud-based development tools for TI MCUs and wireless connectivity devices

    Earlier this year, TI launched its cloud-based development tool portal: dev.ti.com Since that time, the tools available from this portal have grown and evolved into a feature-rich development platform. The primary advantage of using cloud...
  • Power House
    • Aug 27, 2015

    Overview of voltage regulator packaging

    As more and more features are packed into industrial and automotive electronic systems, smaller, robust packages become even more attractive. However, to ensure that the electronic design is thermally robust, you need to have a proper understan...
  • Think. Innovate
    • Aug 27, 2015

    Out of Office: Paul Westbrook, “Renaissance man”

    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. Paul Westbrook is a poster child for the Mozart Effect. “There are a lot of interesting studies about math skills...
  • University Program
    • Aug 27, 2015

    Learn how to program BeagleBone Black with MATLAB and Simulink

    The dedicated team at MathWorks has been working on expanding support for BeagleBone Black. Brian McKay, technical marketing manager at MathWorks brings us this easy to use tutorial. You can now connect your BeagleBone Black to MATLAB ® . MATLAB is...
  • Enlightened: The TI DLP® Blog
    • Aug 27, 2015

    From 3D Printing to Lithography, TI DLP® Ultraviolet Chipsets Provide Flexible Solutions for UV Imaging

    TI DLP® Products is reinforcing its reputation in imaging technology with the release of the DLP9500UV chipset . The latest addition to its portfolio features the highest resolution Ultraviolet (UV) DLP chip to quickly expose and cure photosensitive materials in industrial and medical imaging applications. DLP Products is no stranger to working...
  • Industrial Strength
    • Aug 27, 2015

    How to use light projection technology for automated manufacturing

    Texas Instruments DLP ® technology, with the digital micromirror device (DMD) at its core, has the potential—when applied to problems in both 3-D printing and machine vision —to offer high-resolution imaging, fast production speed and low manufacturing costs that could help make the autonomous-manufacturing vision a reality. 3-D printing...
  • The Process
    • Aug 27, 2015

    Getting to know LTE Unlicensed

    While the small cell market has undergone considerable growing pains, we believe it is on the verge of a significant expansion over the next two years. At the same time, the growing demand for increased data rates and bandwidth are prompting the need...
  • Behind the Wheel
    • Aug 26, 2015

    Don’t lose navigational signal in tunnels anymore

    Ever wondered, how your map stays on track inside the car navigation systems when go inside the tunnel? Gyro sensors are extensively used in car navigation systems for sensing angular velocity changes in the travel direction and for dead reckoning in locations where GPS signals are lost. These sensors transfer the data over SPI interface. As advancements...
  • ConnecTIng Wirelessly
    • Aug 26, 2015

    10 steps to finish your Bluetooth Smart design

    Here at TI, we are busy (in a good way) with expanding and improving our Bluetooth® Smart offerings. The interest in our products is very high, especially around the latest SimpleLink™ Bluetooth Smart CC2640 wireless microcontroller (MCU ). To simplify the design process for you, our apps engineering team has therefore compiled this list of...
  • Power House
    • Aug 26, 2015

    Get into electromagnetic compliance with GaN

    Gallium nitride (GaN) transistors switch fast! In a previous post , I examined the LMG5200 half-bridge GaN driver, and showed that it is capable of a switching rise time of 600ps or less. On the bench, I measured a switch-node dv/dt of 40V per nanosec...
  • Analog Wire
    • Aug 26, 2015

    What are you sensing? Pros and cons of four temperature sensor types

    Choosing temperature-sensing products may seem trivial, but with the wide variety of products available, this task can be quite daunting. In this blog post, I’ll present four types of temperature sensors – resistance temperature detectors...
  • MSP Low-Power Plays
    • Aug 26, 2015

    The exclusive MSP back-to-school sale is here!

    It's that time of year again and we want to make it easy for you to start developing with MSP microcontrollers ! This promotion will run for two weeks only, while supplies last. Check out the great deals we have on MSP LaunchPads and the MSP-FET using the exclusive coupon codes below on the TI Store : EVM Description Discount...
  • Fully Charged
    • Aug 25, 2015

    Unboxing high end gas gauges

    Small gas gauging devices have found their way into many consumer, industrial, and medical applications. In a previous blog post , we introduced our bq274xx series of Li-Ion gas gauges. In this video, we introduce the bq27xx series of gas gauges. The biggest difference between the bq274xx and bq275xx series is that the latter has configurable data flash...