Recent blog posts
  • Industrial Strength
    • Jul 19, 2018

    Selecting an airtight approach to water and dust proof buttons

    In the food industry, it is important to be able to clean and disinfect machinery to reduce the amount of bacteria and germs. These machines must have a user interface that can withstand the water and chemicals used for cleaning. But building water and dustproof casings can be expensive and difficult, especially with a user interface that has buttons...
  • ConnecTIng Wirelessly
    • Jul 18, 2018

    SimpleLink™ MCU SDK expands multiprotocol support

    TI’s latest quarterly release of SimpleLink microcontroller (MCU) software development kits (SDKs) version 2.20 offers new capabilities to speed your development and differentiate your designs. TI is proud to offer new ways to use its broad por...
  • Think. Innovate
    • Jul 17, 2018

    TI Chairman Rich Templeton reassumes role of president and CEO after Brian Crutcher resigns as CEO

    In the following email to worldwide TI employees, Rich Templeton shares his thoughts about Brian Crutcher’s resignation as the company’s CEO. This afternoon, we announced that Brian Crutcher has resigned as TI’s president, CEO and a...
  • Think. Innovate
    • Jul 17, 2018

    Exploring the impact of IoT on innovation

    Ten years ago, before Internet of Things became a buzzword, our company had a simple idea to make it easier for developers to add complex radio technologies such as Wi-Fi® to their embedded applications. The prospect was mind-blowing. Wireless c...
  • Analog Wire
    • Jul 17, 2018

    What is an EFT? Part 2

    In my last post , I discussed what an electrical fast transient (EFT) is at a high-level. For part two, let’s explore why EFTs matter and why they should be considered during your design process. Ultimately, EFTs matter for two key reasons: First, acceptable amounts of interference will vary greatly from application to application and could...
  • Power House
    • Jul 16, 2018

    Key considerations for designing with the new PoE standard

    The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) 802.3bt standard will publish in September 2018 and enable Power over Ethernet (PoE) applications up to 90W/71.3W (sent/received) such as LED connected lighting ballasts and digital signage. With the new standard fast approaching, many electronic system designers need to quickly familiarize...
  • Analog Wire
    • Jul 12, 2018

    Create an eye-opening experience with a 10G USB3 redriver

    Signal integrity, the measure of electrical signal quality, can be visualized by displaying a signal waveform on an oscilloscope. This visualization is commonly known as an eye diagram, and is generated by overlaying the waveform’s positive and negative bits. When superimposed, these bits produce an image that resembles an open eye, hence the...
  • Industrial Strength
    • Jul 12, 2018

    Designing efficient, high-performing appliances with BLDC motors

    Today, the awareness of the environment and energy savings is as high as ever before. New generations of large household appliances such as washers, dryers and refrigerators must have higher performance parameters such as better efficiency and reduced electromagnetic interference. System flexibility must be high to facilitate market modifications and...
  • Industrial Strength
    • Jul 11, 2018

    A cost-effective option to get started with integrated position sensing

    Starting with the C2000™ Delfino™ TMS320F28379D and TMS320F28379S microcontrollers (MCUs) and soon to be extended to the F280049C and F280041C, TI delivers DesignDRIVE Position Manager solutions for today’s most popular off-the-shelf analog and digital position sensor interfaces (Figure 1). Figure 1: DesignDRIVE position manager...
  • Industrial Strength
    • Jul 10, 2018

    A modular view of an LED lighting control design

    In a previous blog post , I introduced a LED Lighting Control Reference Design for Machine Vision . In this post, I’d like to elaborate a bit about it, following the same modular approach that our team followed during the design process . Easily digestible tidbits During the design process, we packaged details into smaller subcircuits and...
  • Enlightened: The TI DLP® Blog
    • Jul 10, 2018

    Capture, imagine, create: Enabling highly-accurate desktop 3D printing and portable 3D scanning with new DLP Pico chipsets

    The desire to differentiate is fundamentally human and is constantly on the rise. Personalization is becoming more and more important in our lives. Texas Instruments DLP® technology is continuously innovating in responding to these demands. We get excited when we get that cup of coffee with our name personalized on it. People pay premium to...
  • Power House
    • Jul 5, 2018

    A review of EMI standards, part 2 – radiated emissions

    Radiated electromagnetic interference (EMI) from switching power supplies is dynamic and situational problem that relates to circuit board layout, component placement and parasitic effects within the power supply itself, as well as the overall system...
  • Industrial Strength
    • Jun 29, 2018

    No strings attached: Creating next-generation wireless patient monitors

    Electrocardiogram (ECG) or photoplethysmograph (PPG) wearable monitoring systems have become increasingly popular in recent years. Heart-rate monitors, pulse oximeters and activity trackers are commercially available and already play an important role in everyday life. A wearable monitor significantly improves patient comfort by replacing long, cumbersome...
  • Power House
    • Jun 28, 2018

    A review of EMI standards, part 1 – conducted emissions

    In general, electrical products must meet some type of electromagnetic interference (EMI) performance metric, whether established in the product’s design specifications or to comply with regulatory requirements. It’s important to take int...
  • Analog Wire
    • Jun 28, 2018

    How the RS-232 transceiver’s regulated charge-pump circuitry works

    The RS-232 interface is popular in single-ended low-speed serial communications. The interface was originally designed to connect the serial port of a computer to peripheral devices. The Electronics Industry Alliance (EIA)-232 levels are defined as up to ±15V into a 5kΩ load. Thus, RS-232 transceivers need three supplies from the system...