Recent technical articles
  • Analog
    • Jul 19, 2019

    Solving synchronization challenges in industrial Ethernet

    Want to optimize and improve efficiency of an automated factory setup, increase overall performance in a data-acquisition system, or efficiently detect and correct faults to reduce downtime? If the answer is yes to any or all of the above, you may want to consider enabling clock synchronization with a network synchronizer . What is clock synchronization...
  • Automotive
    • Jul 17, 2019

    The need for speed – The future of radar processing

    RAdio Detection And Ranging (RADAR) systems have been used in many applications for several decades, including everything from weather prediction to law enforcement, with automotive showing up around the turn of the 21st century. This article examine...
  • Analog
    • Jul 17, 2019

    Understanding the world of vacuum robots with motor drivers

    As the world becomes increasingly automated, cleaning the house with a regular, standing vacuum cleaner feels like a chore. Since the release of the first vacuum robot in 2002, there has been a dramatic increase in capabilities and available options ...
  • Power management
    • Jul 17, 2019

    Layout matters: solving pinout assignment issues for DC/DC converters in WCSP packages

    The miniaturization trend in consumer electronics has taken hold for good. Consumers are demanding smaller electronics with better features: more flash capacity in solid-state drives, faster smartphones, more integrated communication modules, etc. To achieve this, engineers must look for increasingly power dense solutions. One challenge associated with...
  • Think. Innovate
    • Jul 15, 2019

    Celebrating 50 years: One giant leap for TI’s integrated circuits

    TI aerospace engineer Verie Lima and his family were swimming in a neighborhood pool in the Dallas area on July 20, 1969, when he suddenly heard a woman’s voice shouting, “It’s about to happen!” “Man was about to land o...
  • Automotive
    • Jul 15, 2019

    Bluetooth® Low Energy shifts gears for car access

    The automotive industry is experiencing a tremendous transformation driven by consumers’ desire to leverage their phone as a key . By using phone-as-a-key, you can now eliminate the need for a traditional key fob in your passive entry passive st...
  • Power management
    • Jul 15, 2019

    Do all rails need low Iq?

    All designers of ultra-low power systems are concerned about battery life. How much time will elapse before the battery in a fitness tracker will need recharging? Or, for primary cell systems, how long will it be before a technician must service the smart meter and change the battery? Clearly, the design goal is maximum battery runtime. For a fitness...
  • Industrial
    • Jul 15, 2019

    Real-time control meets real-time industrial communications development – part 4

    Part 1 of this blog series gave an overview of the market opportunities for EtherCAT slave stack support on C2000™ microcontrollers (MCUs) and an introduction to a three-phased solution to jump-start slave stack development. Part 2 detailed what’s different and compelling about the TI C2000 MCU EtherCAT implementation. Part 3 broke down...
  • Power management
    • Jul 15, 2019

    Deciphering low Iq: Using WEBENCH® to design near 100% duty-cycle for ultra-low power applications

    Many battery-powered applications require a step-down buck converter to work in 100% duty-cycle, where V IN is close to V OUT , in order to extend battery run time when battery voltage is at its lowest value. For example, let’s say that there are two lithium manganese dioxide (Li-MnO 2 ) batteries powering a smart meter. Li-MnO 2 batteries are...
  • Automotive
    • Jul 9, 2019

    Imaging radar: one sensor to rule them all

    There is still some confusion in the industry about the different roles that three major sensor types – camera, radar and LIDAR – have in a vehicle, and how each can solve the sensing needs of advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) and autonomous driving. Recently, I had an interesting discussion with one of my friends, who knows I...
  • Analog
    • Jul 4, 2019

    Design, optimize and simulate an active filter within minutes

    You are on a quest to design an active filter. You have the specifications of the filter’s frequency response, but how do you create a circuit that does just what you want? If you took the conventional approach, you would need to manipulate the...
  • Industrial
    • Jul 2, 2019

    6 situations where small amplifiers solve big challenges in vacuum robots

    After a busy week, cleaning is the last thing people want to do with their downtime. The vacuum robot, which has been around for about 23 years, is getting more intelligent and automatic, enabling consumers to focus on what’s really important. Reference designs and products for vacuum robots Browse the designs here The inclusion...
  • Embedded processing
    • Jun 27, 2019

    VIDEO: Wearable, wireless patient monitoring demo with Bluetooth 5

    In this Connect series demo, we will demonstrate a new reference design available on ti.com for a simple, wearable multi-parameter patient monitor for synchronized electrocardiography (ECG) and photoplethysmography (PPG) measurements. Check it o...
  • Power management
    • Jun 27, 2019

    Optimizing power density with eFuses

    Do you still remember what it was like have dial-up internet? If not, here’s an audio snippet that may jog your memory ! It was only a few years ago that you had to wait 10 minutes for someone to get off the phone before you could log in to your AOL Instant Messenger account, which probably took another five minutes with the typical 40-kbps transfer...
  • Industrial
    • Jun 27, 2019

    Overcoming Ethernet connectivity challenges on the power grid

    Traditionally, the power grid consisted of stand-alone equipment working independently; maintenance was a manual process using paper-based inspection and reporting. As equipment like protection relays, circuit breakers and smart meters became digital, using control cables to share equipment status and fault and control data helped utilities optimize...