Recent blog posts
  • Power House
    • Jul 1, 2015

    Remembering Dave Freeman

    “I don’t know – ask Dave.” “Ask Dave” is something I’ve heard TI employees and executives say over and over, as have many design engineers in the power electronics industry. No one made power management a ...
  • Behind the Wheel
    • Jul 1, 2015

    Split-rail converters reduce BOM size and cost in new automotive displays

    Designing for >5-inch automotive LCD displays can be very complicated. The display source driver requires a supply rail called an analog voltage device drain (AVDD) ranging from 10V to 15V and two supply rails for the gate driver (VGH and VGL). In many situations, you can use an LCD bias power supply such as the TPS65150-Q1 , an automotive LCD...
  • Power House
    • Jul 1, 2015

    Are you accurately measuring the picosecond rise time of your GaN device?

    When measuring picosecond rise time of a gallium nitride (GaN) transistor, even a 1-GHz scope and 1-GHz probe may be inadequate. Accurately measuring a GaN transistor’s rise and fall time necessitates careful attention to your measurement setup and equipment. Let’s walk through the best practices for accurate measurement using TI’s...
  • University Program
    • Jun 30, 2015

    IEEE Jack Kilby award celebrates professor's innovation

    TI is proud to sponsor one of the most prestigious honors in the IEEE Society, a medal award. Established in 1995 and named for inventor, leader, TI-er and Nobel Prize winner, Jack S. Kilby, the IEEE Jack S. Kilby Signal Processing Medal&n...
  • On the Grid
    • Jun 30, 2015

    Enabling long life in dual-coin cell powered meters

    Many smart meters are powered by two coin-cell batteries connected in series; after all, two batteries give twice as much battery life as a single battery. The second battery provides the energy required to meet the greater-than-10-year runtime between battery replacements that the industry requires. Unfortunately, two batteries also give twice the...
  • Think. Innovate
    • Jun 30, 2015

    VIDEO: TIers bring kids to work, sparking an interest in STEM

    From hands-on programming activities to controlling robots to drawing prototypes of what they would invent, the daughters and sons of TIers recently enjoyed an exciting day with their parents at work. As an engineer by education and the leader of our Embedded Processing business unit, I understand our future as a company depends on building the pipeline...
  • Motor Drive & Control
    • Jun 30, 2015

    Simplifying gate driver design for brushed DC motors

    Are you looking to drive a simple brushed DC motor? Do you need to use discrete MOSFETs to drive a bunch of current through a giant brushed motor with little time for development? When you grab an off-the-shelf gate driver, you always see a diagram like Figure 1: just choose two resistors and you’re (theoretically) good to go. Figure...
  • Fully Charged
    • Jun 29, 2015

    Advanced charging features extend battery run time for wearables

    The battle of the smartwatches has brought everyone’s attention to wearables again. In almost every review and technical comparison, the one thing that came up the most was battery runtime. No matter how many fancy features a smart watch has, they are useless if the battery is dead. The battery runtime is affected by various factors including...
  • Power House
    • Jun 29, 2015

    Understanding MOSFET data sheets, Part 4 - Pulsed Current Ratings

    Welcome back, fellow FET enthusiasts to part four of the " Understanding MOSFET Data Sheets " blog series! Today I’ll be talking about pulsed current ratings, how they are calculated, and how they are represented in the safe operating a...
  • ConnecTIng Wirelessly
    • Jun 29, 2015

    Program your SimpleLink CC2650 SensorTag with cloud-based development tools

    TI's suite of cloud-based software development tools now support the SimpleLink™ CC2650 SensorTag . By visiting dev.ti.com you can access TI's cloud-based development tool portfolio including Resource Explorer and Code Composer Studio™ Cloud integrated development environment (IDE). Use Resource Explorer to browse through available...
  • Fully Charged
    • Jun 26, 2015

    Low-power software development increases battery life

    Battery innovation is not moving as fast as other technological advantages. With battery capacity doubling every 10 years and processing requirements increasing much quicker, developers are faced with difficult challenges. When building a battery-powered system, product developers often create efficient hardware systems only to see much higher power...
  • The Process
    • Jun 26, 2015

    “Swiss Army Knife” of audio codecs

    Free TI Design and Optimized Codec available from TI If you were to mention Opus to someone, the first thing that may come to mind is a penguin character from a popular comic strip, or even a set of musical compositions. But the ‘Opus’ th...
  • ConnecTIng Wirelessly
    • Jun 26, 2015

    Selecting the right processor: WiLink 8 plug and play platforms

    With all of the processors and platforms available today, deciding which evaluation board to develop with can be daunting. We’re hoping to ease this process with our WiLink™ 8 plug and play platform guide. TI makes it easy to start evaluating our WiLink 8 Wi-Fi® and Bluetooth® combo-connectivity solutions with a range of different...
  • Motor Drive & Control
    • Jun 26, 2015

    Motor start-up techniques: Part three

    I have discussed sensorless motor start-up with our InstaSPIN-FOC™ technology in part one of this series, followed by a discussion of how to generate sufficient torque at start up and maximize it while spinning your motor in part 2. In this third and final part of the series, I’ll explain how to address some challenges in applications that...
  • Fully Charged
    • Jun 26, 2015

    USB Type-C for mobile phones: Changing the way phones connect, one flip at a time

    Will mobile phone designers adopt all of the available features in the universal serial bus (USB) Type-C TM specification? Probably not. They’ll weigh their options against the impact on overall product cost. The new USB Type-C interface comes with ultra-thin connectors that are less than 3mm high and 8.4mm wide, making it ideal for mobile phones...