Recent blog posts
  • Precision Hub
    • Sep 4, 2015

    Aliasing in ADCs: Not all signals are what they appear to be

    Have you ever seen the wheels on a car actually spin backward while the car is moving forward? Barring an extreme stunt, I’ll bet you probably saw it in a car commercial. Have you ever wondered why? Real life happens in continuous time, but a video camera can only record a limited number of frames per second. Each frame may capture the wheels...
  • Behind the Wheel
    • Sep 4, 2015

    Automotive LED blinkers made SIMPLE

    LED technology is ubiquitous in the automotive industry, used for everything from headlamps to cabin backlight panels. Some automotive LED applications such as blinker signals are very space-constrained because of a fixed form factor. As a result, si...
  • Power House
    • Sep 4, 2015

    Designing a power supply solution for pipeline ADCs – Part 2

    In part 1 of this series , I demonstrated the impact of a DC/DC converter on the signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) and spurious-free dynamic range (SFDR) of a pipeline analog-to-digital converter (ADC). In part 2, I will use the analysis from my previous posts to implement a real-world power-supply solution that will minimize SNR and SFDR degradation while...
  • Industrial Strength
    • Sep 3, 2015

    Precision farming with flying farmers

    While the adventure-seeking drone movement is reaching new heights, we are seeing things like drone competitions and even models suitable for kids to use. The industrial/commercial drone sector is also taking off, albeit with less fanfare. Drone applications in the industrial space include mapping, security, inspection, search and rescue, logistics...
  • ConnecTIng Wirelessly
    • Sep 3, 2015

    Parsing the Internet of Things (IoT) with TI and Facebook

    In recent years, cloud providers have started to offer public cloud services for IoT-enabled devices that deliver basic registration and connectivity, data storage, web dashboards, triggers and alerts and APIs to other cloud and mobile applications. ...
  • Power House
    • Sep 3, 2015

    Designing a power supply solution for pipeline ADCs – Part 1

    In my previous posts , I’ve discussed designing a real-world power supply. Now, let’s use what we know about the analog-to-digital converter (ADC) power-supply rejection (PSR) and signal-to-noise ratio (SNR), coupled with the DC/DC convert...
  • Think. Innovate
    • Sep 3, 2015

    Automate your home with Lutron products

    During these hot summer months, many of us are looking for ways to conserve electricity in our homes – such as closing the blinds during the daytime, keeping the temperature up when we’re not home and turning lights out when they are not being used. But some days we rush out of the house and forget to do these things that seem so automatic...
  • University Program
    • Sep 3, 2015

    Meet the new Educational BoosterPack MKII for TI LaunchPad development kits

    *This blog originally posted on Launch Your Design. See the original post here . Meet the new Educational BoosterPack™ MKII ( BOOSTXL-EDUMKII ), available now for US$29.99! This BoosterPack is jam-packed with features that make it e...
  • Fully Charged
    • Sep 3, 2015

    High cell battery packs fuel new applications and extend time between charges

    We can all remember a time when we’ve really needed to use an electronic device, only to find out the battery is dead. For years, our portable electronics have been limited by battery life and battery size. As the cost of Lithium-ion batteries...
  • Analog Wire
    • Sep 2, 2015

    How to easily move from USB 2.0 to USB Type-C

    Are you excited about moving your USB 2.0 (or USB 1.1) application – such as a flash drive, charger, power adapter, external drive or hard drive – to the USB Type-C reversible connector? Here’s a guide to easily migrate your USB 2.0...
  • Power House
    • Sep 2, 2015

    Avoid noise pollution in Hi-Fi systems with low-noise power supply

    High-fidelity (Hi-Fi) audio is a combination pure and harmonic sounds, so captivating that the listener is transported to a higher level of bliss and happiness. Thanks to technological advances the Hi-Fi experience is becoming widely available in por...
  • MSP Low-Power Plays
    • Sep 2, 2015

    Get started with the Educational BoosterPack MII

    It is finally here! The Educational BoosterPack Mark II is the ideal BoosterPack for beginners looking to develop on microcontrollers (MCUs) and seasoned engineers who would like to explore the possibilities of TI MCUs for their next p...
  • Power House
    • Sep 1, 2015

    Designing a digital power supply: How to write firmware

    In part 1 of this blog series , I talked about how to design a digital power supply using Texas Instruments' UCD3138 as an example and focusing on the hardware design. In this installment, I’ll explain how to write firmware to make it work. Firmware Unlike analog power-converter design, which controls everything by hardware, the firmware...
  • Think. Innovate
    • Sep 1, 2015

    Tinker Maker DIY

    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. Will Cooper has the best of two worlds. A tinkerer at heart, Will enjoys making useful gadgets with TI parts. “It’s cool that I...
  • Behind the Wheel
    • Aug 31, 2015

    Automotive Surround View Technology trends

    When driving cars in computer games, we can typically get a view of the car and its surroundings as if we are looking at the car from the top or from the back. These views help us better drive the car by showing us what surrounds us. Unfortunately, w...