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  • Power House
    • Sep 22, 2017

    Upgrade your TO-220 linear regulator with a pin-compatible buck power module

    Designers have used linear regulators for decades in electronic applications because of their simplicity and low cost. For a complete step-down power supply, you only need an input and output capacitor along with a linear regulator, which is much simpler to design and has lower noise when compared to a switching regulator. In applications where the...
  • Industrial Strength
    • Sep 21, 2017

    Predicting maintenance needs with wireless motor monitors

    Many places, including factories, office buildings and large stores, require the operation of industrial motors to control ventilation and operate escalators, elevators and other machinery. These motors require periodic maintenance that can often prove expensive, while also causing downtime that can interrupt and delay important tasks. Monitoring motors...
  • Power House
    • Sep 20, 2017

    LDO Basics: Thermals – How hot is your application?

    A low-dropout (LDO) regulator’s nature is to regulate a voltage by turning excess power into heat, making this integrated circuit an ideal solution for low power, or small V IN to V OUT differential applications. With this in mind, choosing the right LDO with the right package is crucial to maximizing an application’s performance. This is...
  • Behind the Wheel
    • Sep 20, 2017

    Automotive gateways: the bridge between communication domains

    Cars use communication protocols such as Controller Area Network (CAN), Local Interconnect Network (LIN), FlexRay, Media Oriented Systems Transport (MOST), and Ethernet to communicate between different electronic control units (ECUs). For example, a ...
  • Think. Innovate
    • Sep 19, 2017

    How two engineers used problem solving to turn a terminal diagnosis into hope for their son and countless others

    Everything changed for TI engineers Matt and Gina Hann on March 7, when they were told to prepare for the end of their son’s life. At 5, Joseph had been diagnosed with a rare, deadly form of Batten. No clinical trial and no funded research...
  • Industrial Strength
    • Sep 19, 2017

    For efficiencies’ sake – how to integrate bidirectional power flow into your UPS design (part 2)

    In part 1 of this series , I discussed how to integrate bidirectional power flow into your uninterruptible power supply (UPS) designs. In this second installment, I will look more closely at the topology used in the 2kW, 48V to 400V, >93% Efficiency, Isolated Bidirectional DC/DC Converter Reference Design for UPS and battery backup applications....
  • Power House
    • Sep 18, 2017

    GaN reliability standards reach milestone

    Design engineers faced with the challenges of reduced space and increased power demands are embracing gallium nitride (GaN) technology. By leveraging new topologies, switching frequencies and magnetic design options, GaN has enabled systems to reach unprecedented levels of power density and efficiency. However, these designs need to meet the industry’s...
  • Analog Wire
    • Sep 18, 2017

    “Trust, but verify” SPICE model accuracy, part 3: slew rate and input clamping diodes

    Previous installments of this blog post series discussed the need to verify SPICE model accuracy and how to measure common-mode rejection ratio (CMRR) and offset voltage versus common-mode voltage (V OS vs. V CM ). In part 3, I’ll continue by explaining how to verify an operational amplifier (op amp) model’s slew rate, which is a large-signal...
  • Power House
    • Sep 14, 2017

    Getting started with PMBus

    I’m working as a product marketing engineer intern, and immediately received several tasks working with many different devices in the TI arsenal. The biggest problem I had was understanding the differences between them. One word that kept coming up (among many) was PMBus – PMBus with telemetry, PMBus without telemetry, etc. Every piece of...
  • University Program
    • Sep 14, 2017

    Top 5 things to consider when searching for a job

    If someone asked what you wanted out of a job, what would you say? Do you know what’s really important to you, and where you want to go in your career? To answer that question, you need to take a look at makes you tick, what makes you happy and what makes you feel fulfilled. You need to go into the interview having thought about your likes...
  • ConnecTIng Wirelessly
    • Sep 14, 2017

    Embrace IoT living through the gateway of electronic door locks

    In the journey to embrace the new world of the Internet of Things (IoT), businesses and families are feeling more confident about securing their properties through the cloud. Electronic door locks (e-locks) are just the portal into a new age of IoT living. Locks and keys have been around for centuries, and it’s time to evolve to a higher...
  • Motor Drive & Control
    • Sep 14, 2017

    Improve the performance of your power tool design with power blocks

    Appliances like power tools , garden tools and vacuum cleaners use low-voltage (two- to 10-cell) lithium-ion battery-powered motor drives. These tools use brushed DC (BDC) or three-phase brushless DC (BLDC) motors . BLDC motors are more efficient and h...
  • Analog Wire
    • Sep 14, 2017

    IO-Link: The backbone of the smart factory

    You’ve likely heard of the Internet of Things (IoT) and how it not only connects your internet-enabled devices to each other, but enables them to communicate and share data to improve your quality of life. Today, the manufacturing industry is u...
  • Industrial Strength
    • Sep 14, 2017

    mmWave sensors make cities smarter

    According to a paper published by the United Nations, the world’s population is projected to grow to reach 9.1 billion people in 2050 –2 billion more people than there are today. The current migration of the world’s population to urban centers will continue at an accelerated pace. In fact, projections estimate that 70 percent of the...
  • Power House
    • Sep 13, 2017

    Choosing the right charger for industrial batteries

    As battery technology enables smaller size and higher capacity, you’ll find battery-powered devices not only in consumer products but also industrial systems. As a designer, one of the most important questions to consider is the control method...