Recent blog posts
  • On the Grid
    • Jul 22, 2016

    Solar in Texas: the future looks bright

    I don’t know why I bother checking the weather this time of year. Save for the occasional thunderstorm, I can pretty much guarantee that it’s going to be hot and sunny here in Dallas all summer long. As we enter a long stretch of triple-digit highs, most people’s minds are on how to stay cool. For me though, every time I go outside...
  • ConnecTIng Wirelessly
    • Jul 21, 2016

    TI's SimpleLink™ Wi-Fi® devices are now the first to offer chip-level transferable Wi-Fi Certification

    The benefits of Wi-Fi ® certification The ubiquitous yin-yang Wi-Fi logo devised by the Wi-Fi Alliance (WFA) at the turn of the 21st century has since become synonymous with this widespread connectivity standard. In fact, this internationally recognized Wi-Fi CERTIFIED™ logo is the Wi-Fi Alliance ‘seal of approval’ for products...
  • Think. Innovate
    • Jul 21, 2016

    The art of demystifying data converters

    The words and drawings seeped with Agatha-Christie-like suspense and film-noir-inspired drama. Little by little, the mystery spun readers in to its cunning web, only to leave them in suspense, waiting for the next cryptic installment. The composition wasn’t a crime thriller or a detective novel – it was a series of blog posts written...
  • Analog Wire
    • Jul 21, 2016

    Four ways to design an amplifier without a rail-to-rail op amp

    My colleague Xiyao Zhang wrote a post last month about changing to a rail-to-rail device after encountering a problem with a circuit. However, what a lot of signal chain designers do not realize is that adjusting signal level, gain and offset of their amplifier could allow them to use their original op amp selection. There are several types of rail...
  • Industrial Strength
    • Jul 21, 2016

    Improving variable-speed trigger switches in power tools through capacitive sensing

    Imagine a construction site where a hammer drill doesn’t respond every time the trigger is pressed, or a drilling machine/screwdriver turns at full speed even though the trigger is barely touched by the user. These are situations that no one wants to experience, but they could happen when the trigger of the tool wears out. This is especially...
  • Behind the Wheel
    • Jul 21, 2016

    Seeing more in the mirror is not just about your perspective!

    Advanced Driver Assist Systems (ADAS) continue to expand across many types of vehicle applications with various levels of functionality, and Texas Instruments (TI) continues to provide scalable solutions to address them. One emerging ADAS appli...
  • The Process
    • Jul 21, 2016

    Clove: Low-Power video solutions based on Sitara™ AM57x processors

    Ittiam Systems is a global technology company with R&D driven solutions for media creation, management and consumption. They are the first in the industry to have used Sitara™ AM57x processors to create a video/multimedia solution called Cl...
  • Fully Charged
    • Jul 20, 2016

    Higher charger input-voltage ratings: better safe than sorry

    When you are designing a circuit to charge a Lithium-ion battery, what is the right value of over-voltage tolerance for the charger or front-end power-input device? The answer (as usual) is, “it depends.” What is your normal direct curren...
  • Industrial Strength
    • Jul 20, 2016

    Trends in building automation: connected sensors in safety and security

    In my previous blog post , I explored energy efficiency, the first of several trends in building-automation wireless-sensor networks. As a recap, the four key trends driving the addition of more sensors in a building-automation system include: Energy efficiency. Safety and security. User comfort. Preventive maintenance. In the second...
  • Analog Wire
    • Jul 20, 2016

    What’s the fuss about noise in RF sampling converters?

    ** This is the 13th post in an Analog Wire RF sampling blog series . ** What is all the fuss about noise? Engineers are generally aware of noise in electrical circuits. Interestingly, each engineering discipline tends to characterize noise diff...
  • Power House
    • Jul 20, 2016

    Power Tips: Multiply your output voltage

    Voltage multipliers provide a simple method to create high-voltage outputs at low currents. They are useful in applications such as printers, sensors and charged-particle systems that require anywhere from tens to even thousands of volts at low power. The lack of a power transformer, such as those required in a flyback converter or autotransformer boost...
  • Think. Innovate
    • Jul 19, 2016

    DIY with TI: Engineering an intelligent motorcycle

    At TI, we celebrate the makers and hobbyists who enjoy creating and innovating on their own time. In our ongoing DIY with TI series, we share their incredible Do It Yourself inventions using TI technology. TIer Peter Weber’s latest DIY project ...
  • Power House
    • Jul 19, 2016

    Decrease power consumption with an LDO

    A low-dropout regulator (LDO) can function as a DC linear voltage regulator at an output voltage very close to the supply voltage, which is an important factor in decreasing power dissipation across the LDO. This capability is the primary difference between a linear voltage regulator and a LDO. “Low-dropout” is self-explanatory; however...
  • Motor Drive & Control
    • Jul 18, 2016

    What is a smart gate drive architecture? Part 2

    Welcome back to this series about the smart gate-drive architecture. In case you missed the first post, you can find it here . In the first installment I covered IDRIVE, a feature to dynamically control gate-drive current and in turn control the MOSFE...
  • Power House
    • Jul 18, 2016

    Why is the cloud isolated?

    In this day and age of bits and bytes, the demand for information transfer and retrieval is ubiquitous. Whether in line at the grocery store or waiting for a train, we use our smartphones to check our social media accounts, text messages or emails. But have you ever paused to think about from where this information comes? The answer is the cloud; that...