Recent technical articles
  • Analog
    • Sep 12, 2019

    Driving industrial innovation with TI small-size sensors

    Note: Will Cooper and Robert Ferguson co-authored this technical article. Trends in small consumer electronics have disrupted the industrial world, spiking a demand for smart but compact devices that enhance manufacturing (like proximity sensors in f...
  • Industrial
    • Sep 12, 2019

    Getting the most out of your power stage at the full temperature range – part 2

    In part 1 of this series, I described a situation in which you are designing a power stage for motor control with high efficiency. To ensure that the power stage is only used under recommended temperatures, a temperature sensor monitors the temperature and shuts down the power stage in the event of an overtemperature condition. The accuracy of the temperature...
  • Power management
    • Sep 10, 2019

    Understanding the difference between capacitors, capacitance and capacitive drop power supplies

    Knowing the difference between a capacitor’s rated value and its actual capacitance is key to ensuring a reliable design. This is especially true when considering high-voltage capacitors used in capacitive drop power supplies for equipment like...
  • Embedded processing
    • Sep 4, 2019

    VIDEO: Wi-Fi security challenges and FIPS Validation

    What does it take to meet the Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS)? What does FIPS Validated mean? Do you need it? Andrew joins Nick and me in this Connect episode to dig deeper into Wi-Fi security challenge...
  • Industrial
    • Sep 3, 2019

    Non-contact and private stance detection with TI mmWave sensors

    This article was co-written by Keegan Garcia According to Forbes , by 2050, the global population of people over the age of 60 is expected to hit 2 billion. To put this into perspective, this will represent over a fifth of the world’s population. With a growing elderly population comes the need for more advanced in-home monitoring, while still...
  • Automotive
    • Aug 30, 2019

    How connected vehicles leverage data: 3 common questions

    Connected driving, even though it exists today, still has a long way to go. In the future, vehicles will communicate with the driver, other cars, the road and surrounding infrastructure, pedestrians, and the cloud, all while giving passengers a constant connection. Thanks to these increasing levels of connectivity, vehicles will be able to receive...
  • Embedded processing
    • Aug 30, 2019

    Leveraging MSP430™ FRAM MCUs with integrated configurable analog in modern-day factories

    Most revolutionary changes in factories can be traced back to some groundbreaking innovation. Whether harnessing the power of steam in the mid-18th century or developing the assembly-line production model in the early 20th century, every innovation ...
  • Power management
    • Aug 29, 2019

    Overcoming design challenges for low quiescent current in small, battery-powered devices

    This post was written in conjunction with Manuel Diaz Corrada . Thanks to advances in miniaturization, Bluetooth® communication and embedded processing, modern hearing aids have more features than ever, from streaming music to being able to ...
  • Industrial
    • Aug 28, 2019

    How using bi-directional DC/DC converters for an elevator automatic rescue device improves efficiency and reduces cost

    Because elevators transport millions of people every day, operational safety is of prime importance. Have you ever thought about what happens when the mains supply to the elevator shuts down? Will the elevator drop down the hoist way, or get stuck somewhere between landing doors? To prevent the first consequence, fail-safe braking mechanisms ensure...
  • Analog
    • Aug 23, 2019

    So, what's the deal with frequency response?

    [[This article is the third installment of a series that explains how to use scattering parameters, also known as S-parameters, in the design of direct radio-frequency (RF) sampling architectures. The first installment is here .]] Frequency response is the ratio of the reflected wave at the output port to the incident wave at the input port. The...
  • Analog
    • Aug 23, 2019

    So, what's a VNA anyway?

    [[This article is the second installment of a series that explains how to use scattering parameters, also known as S-parameters, in the design of direct radio-frequency (RF) sampling architectures. The first installment is here .]] Vector Network analyzer must produce incident waves across a wide range of frequencies and amplitudes while separating...
  • Analog
    • Aug 22, 2019

    The digital cockpit and the centralization of infotainment systems

    An automotive vehicle is a technology shaped by evolving customer needs. Over time, automakers have strived to meet these needs by introducing new designs and offering increased built-in functionality. In an effort to keep up with current consumer demands, automakers are heavily investing in advanced infotainment and cluster display features. To...
  • Power management
    • Aug 21, 2019

    How to avoid the pain of a discharged device

    Frustration caused by a dead mobile device battery is not limited to adults with phones. Children too young to read can transform from charming angels to noisy demons when their tablet battery dies. This can be especially painful when it occurs during a long car ride. I have seen this happen, and recommend taking all reasonable steps to avoid it...
  • Think. Innovate
    • Aug 20, 2019

    There’s more than one right answer in Jacob Day’s engineering class

    Jacob Day smiled down at an empty table in the engineering classroom at Wylie East High School. Two years ago, he would have been readying the space for the students’ first day, setting out nuts and bolts, pieces of aluminum, motors, wires and ...
  • Analog
    • Aug 19, 2019

    Understanding the embedded USB2 (eUSB2) standard

    What is eUSB2? The embedded USB2 (eUSB2) specification is a supplement to the USB 2.0 specification that addresses issues related to interface controller integration with advanced system-on-chip (SoC) process nodes by enabling USB 2.0 interfaces to operate at I/O voltages of 1 V or 1.2 V instead of 3.3 V. eUSB2 can enable smaller, more power-efficient...