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  • Analog Wire
    • Mar 29, 2019

    Can your RS-485 communication survive the great outdoors?

    RS-485 transceivers are designed to withstand harsh environments. In addition to noisy factory environments, this means RS-485 transceivers must also be robust enough to operate outdoors, where communication can be affected by voltage surge events, such as lightning strikes. So, how do you know if your RS-485 communication is capable of surviving...
  • ConnecTIng Wirelessly
    • Mar 29, 2019

    Going crystal-less is easy with the world's first crystal-less, wireless SimpleLink™ MCU

    Innovation in the semiconductor industry is often about adding on to an existing product, but less is more when it comes to design. At TI, we looked at the electronic build of materials (BOM) surrounding our SimpleLinkTM wireless MCUs and dec...
  • Analog Wire
    • Mar 28, 2019

    How to design for precision RTD measurements with ADCs

    In theory, temperature measurements using resistance temperature detectors (RTDs) should be simple: measure a temperature with an RTD that changes resistance with temperature, measure the resistance of the RTD, and convert that resistance to temperature through an equation or look-up table. What could possibly go wrong? Many design considerations...
  • Industrial Strength
    • Mar 26, 2019

    Interlocking gate drivers for improving the robustness of three-phase inverters

    Variable frequency drives (VFDs) are a key part of industrial automation machinery. They help drive pumps, fans, conveyor belts, computer numeric control machines and robotic automation solutions efficiently, helping reduce a factory’s total energy consumption. Downtime in a VFD directly translates to machinery downtime, which can lead to factory...
  • Think. Innovate
    • Mar 26, 2019

    Young innovator finds purpose at the heartbeat of electronics and in the ‘soul of the music’

    The hands of the young innovator move with precision as he draws his bow across the strings and presses each note along the fingerboard of his violin. The concert hall resonates with beautiful, moving passages from Niccolo Paganini's Caprice No....
  • Industrial Strength
    • Mar 22, 2019

    Designing the elevators of the future

    According to the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs , two-thirds of the world’s population will live in cities by 2050. With a fast-growing trend toward urbanization, smart people-sensing technologies in buildings such as artificial intelligence, computer vision and people counting can help improve mobility, reduce inefficiency...
  • Industrial Strength
    • Mar 21, 2019

    3 ways TI DLP® technology is revolutionizing industrial printing and production

    To meet the increasing demands of industrial imaging and printing, manufacturing solutions must be able to produce complex, high-resolution 2D images with consistent quality at a very fast rate. DLP technology is already used in high throughput 3D printing and printed circuit board (PCB) lithography using ultraviolet light sources. Extending support...
  • MSP Low-Power Plays
    • Mar 20, 2019

    Capacitive touch evaluation is quick & easy with the EVM430-CAPMINI demo board

    Have you tried capacitive touch ? Or have you thought about a cool design with it, but didn’t quite know where to start? Now it’s easier than ever to quickly evaluate CapTIvate™ capacitive touch for your design – introducing t...
  • Power House
    • Mar 17, 2019

    How to make a simple nonmagnetic AC/DC power supply

    When creating an industrial power supply, one of the most common challenges is transforming the AC voltage supply into a DC voltage supply. Changing an AC voltage to a DC voltage is necessary for nearly every application, from charging cellphones to powering a microcontroller for a microwave. Typically, this conversion occurs through the use of a transformer...
  • Analog Wire
    • Mar 15, 2019

    The need for current sensing in optical modules for 100G and beyond

    Industry pundits have recently speculated that demand for 100G/400G switches may take off in 2019, prompting optical transceiver module vendors to sample data center switches with high data transmission rates earlier than expected. As data center operators accelerate upgrades in preparation for 5G, demand for 100G/400G transceiver modules will become...
  • Power House
    • Mar 14, 2019

    Replace your aging optocoupler gate driver

    Electric motors are used in elevators, food processing equipment, factory automation, robots, cranes … the list goes on. AC induction motors are common in such applications, and invariably, the insulated gate bipolar transistors (IGBTs) used ...
  • ConnecTIng Wirelessly
    • Mar 13, 2019

    Use validated security with FIPS 140-2 on SimpleLink™ Wi-Fi® devices

    As more and more devices connect to the Internet of Things (IoT), higher security standards have become a necessity. The threat from using unsecure IoT devices poses a risk to infrastructures as big as connected cities all the way down to connected ...
  • Analog Wire
    • Mar 13, 2019

    Top 6 design questions about I2C isolators

    Become an isolated I 2 C expert with our design challenges FAQ. These insights are based on frequently asked questions from the TI E2E™ Community about I 2 C isolators. We hope this information provides actionable details for engineers working to isolate signals and power in their designs. 1. When is isolating I 2 C necessary? Isolation...
  • Analog Wire
    • Mar 8, 2019

    What are isolated digital inputs?

    Although they might sound similar, there are actually some noteworthy differences between isolated digital inputs and digital isolators. After reading this post, I hope it will be easy for you to tell the differences between the two isolation functions. Internal structure Digital isolators serve the basic (or often reinforced!) function of providing...
  • Industrial Strength
    • Mar 7, 2019

    Power to the pedal: Achieving longer-lasting 13S, 48-V lithium-ion battery packs for e-bikes and e-scooters

    The rise in popularity of e-bikes and e-scooters demands an increasing need for longer-lasting e-bike/e-scooter battery packs. A longer run time allows for further travel and less frequent charging. To achieve longer-lasting lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries, you can choose one of two methods: either increase the total battery capacity or improve the...