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  • Think. Innovate
    • Aug 23, 2016

    The power of STEM for a better world

    We are firm believers that empowering a next-generation STEM-capable workforce will fuel tomorrow’s innovation and create stronger communities. This is why the TI Foundation has again made a substantial investment in improving kindergarten thro...
  • Industrial Strength
    • Aug 22, 2016

    Where shrinking makes sense: improving isolated, split-rail power designs in industrial applications

    Reducing solution size, component costs and power losses are getting more and more important in industrial applications. Analog I/O modules for Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) are a good example for a need to meet those requirements. Industry 4.0 describes a trend towards further automation combined with intelligent communication. As a result...
  • Power House
    • Aug 22, 2016

    Staying cool, efficiently

    Looking back at my childhood in one of coastal India’s cities, I remember dense humidity paired with tolerable heat in the low 90s – a classic equatorial climate. But when I visit now, I notice that the temperatures are much higher, often exceeding 100 ° F. I also notice split air conditioners installed almost everywhere; these were...
  • Fully Charged
    • Aug 22, 2016

    Join the wireless power LinkedIn chat

    Want to learn more about wireless power? Bring your questions to our expert panel as IEEE, TI and the Wireless Power Consortium (WPC) team up to host a free live Q&A on the IEEE Power Electronics Society LinkedIn Group. Request to join the group ...
  • On the Grid
    • Aug 19, 2016

    Quantifying harmonic distortion: Options for calculating THD

    The proliferation of nonlinear electric loads is threatening electric grid reliability in industrial, commercial and residential premises. What are nonlinear loads? They are any piece of electric equipment whose impedance changes with applied voltage. Examples in industrial applications include large variable-frequency motor drives or high-current arc...
  • Precision Hub
    • Aug 19, 2016

    How to design cost-sensitive DC instrumentation circuits

    Many sensors produce low-level DC outputs that require a high input-impedance amplification stage to increase the signal amplitude. Sensors used in personal and portable electronics require operational amplifier (op amp) circuits that provide high in...
  • Industrial Strength
    • Aug 18, 2016

    Engineering magic: Touch through thick glass with LEDs and LCD

    Not impressed with the magic trick revealed in the previous post ? Then check out this one: We kept working on our touch-through-glass application and managed to improve it. Using an MSP430™ microcontroller (MCU) with CapTIvate™ technology (the MSP430FR2633 ), we were able to control light-emitting diodes (LEDs) and a liquid crystal display...
  • Think. Innovate
    • Aug 18, 2016

    Bionic arms turn kids without limbs into superheroes

    For kids who dream of being a superhero or heroine, receiving a bionic prosthetic arm that looks like something out of Iron Man or Captain America might be the highlight of their young lives. It’s right up there with overcoming a disability t...
  • Analog Wire
    • Aug 18, 2016

    Eight things to consider when choosing haptic feedback – part 2

    In the first installment of this two-part series, I discussed five things you should consider when picking a haptic driver and recent haptic advancements. To close this series off, we will cover the three remaining reasons. Closed-loop architecture As in most systems, closed-loop architectures are the most ideal designs. TI’s closed-loop...
  • MSP Low-Power Plays
    • Aug 18, 2016

    When green meets the IoT

    When it comes to lowering the rate of power consumption wherever possible, two seemingly unrelated trends – the Internet of Things (IoT) and the green power movement – seemingly converge. Of course, low-power consumption is nothing new for designers of embedded systems. The two trends do add to the pressure already felt by designers to develop...
  • Fully Charged
    • Aug 17, 2016

    How to save power while shrinking your next mobile design

    Where did my charger go? My laptop is running low on battery again as I’m typing this. We are constantly struggling with battery life in today’s always-on connected world. Everything we use needs a longer battery life, but also needs a smaller battery. Impossible you say? Certainly not, but this trend of shrinking form factor while extending...
  • Analog Wire
    • Aug 17, 2016

    Inductive sensing: WEBENCH® Coil Designer now designs stacked coils for switch applications

    In my last post , I showed step by step how WEBENCH® Coil Designer can produce the sensor computer-aided design (CAD) files for inductive-sensing applications. This method works well for single-coil inductive sensors such as the LDC1614 , but the L...
  • ConnecTIng Wirelessly
    • Aug 17, 2016

    Why you can't overlook Wi-Fi: It's the connectivity that's here to stay

    Look around you. No matter where you are – whether at home, work or in public – almost every device is “wireless“ and there’s no doubt Wi-Fi® technology is a fundamental enabler. Consumers now understand that Wi-Fi t...
  • Analog Wire
    • Aug 17, 2016

    How to shift your automotive design to another level

    Temperature, pressure, radar, cameras, ultrasonics – these are just a few of the sensors used in modern automobiles. Inside the car, you’ll find other complicated systems such as audio, video, gauges and the control unit. Every year more and more systems are added to our vehicles, and many of them need to communicate to work properly. There...
  • Motor Drive & Control
    • Aug 17, 2016

    Accuracy? Resolution? Arc minutes? How to take charge of your motor control design

    Imagine your commute this morning in your car. The traffic light turned green, and you pushed the accelerator as soon as you could. Your car responded within seconds and you continued on toward the office. But behind the scenes, inside your car, there was a lot more happening. Let’s take a look. When you press the pedal, the motor does its...