Recent blog posts
  • Power House
    • Jul 25, 2018

    LDO Basics: Preventing reverse current

    In most low-dropout regulators (LDOs), current flow is like one-way street – go in the wrong direction and major problems can occur! Reverse current is current that flows from VOUT to VIN instead of from VIN to VOUT. This current usually traver...
  • Industrial Strength
    • Jul 25, 2018

    Feeding power-hungry EV charging stations

    As the electric vehicle (EV) market grows, the challenge for governments and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) is to promote the adoption of EVs by deploying a comprehensive charging infrastructure. This means deploying an infrastructure that not only supports today’s use cases of mostly short local trips, but also supports faster charging...
  • Think. Innovate
    • Jul 24, 2018

    From moon dust to meteor bits, NASA studies space rocks in zero-gravity facility built by TI engineers

    From moon dust to meteor bits, geoscientists want to learn more about extraterrestrial dirt for a future human mission to Mars – and applications engineers from our company are making it possible. Dakotah Karrer, Alexis Crandall and Vince Rodri...
  • MSP Low-Power Plays
    • Jul 24, 2018

    Configure your MSP430 MCU's analog signal chain using the Smart Analog Combo GUI

    Imagine a world where you can easily configure your analog options on the fly without any need to change onboard components. The Smart Analog Combo module integrated within the MSP430FR2355 MCU that allows you to do just that. The MSP430R2355 MCU contains four of these modules, giving you the tools and flexibility to realize your design. What is...
  • Enlightened: The TI DLP® Blog
    • Jul 23, 2018

    DLP technology is set to light up stages worldwide

    DLP technology is taking center stage. Literally. A new optical reference design from TI demonstrates that stage lights using DLP technology are comparable with traditional spotlights in terms of the brightness using just a single DLP chipset to deliver up to 15 kL of monochrome light to the stage. After brightness, systems leveraging DLP technology...
  • 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...