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    • Dec 21, 2017

    Changes to TI Launch Your Design blog

    Thank you for following TI’s Launch Your Design blog. Moving forward, all new posts about TI’s low-cost, modular development kits and software solutions will be published on ConnecTIng Wirelessly, MSP low-power plays or The Process. Existing Launch Your Design content will continue to be searchable on the web and TI.com. We invite you to subscribe to one of the three embedded processing blogs for technical...
  • Tools Insider
    • Dec 21, 2017

    Changes to TI Tools Insider blog

    Thank you for following TI’s Tools Insider blog. Moving forward, all new posts about embedded development tools and software will be published on ConnecTIng Wirelessly, MSP low-power plays or The Process. Existing Tools Insider content will continue to be searchable on the web and TI.com. We invite you to subscribe to one of the three embedded processing blogs for technical solutions, industry trends and insights...
  • Precision Hub
    • May 5, 2017

    How to balance efficiency and settling time with highly integrated DACs

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  • Precision Hub
    • Apr 21, 2017

    Zero out your system error with zero drift, zero crossover and zero hassle

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  • Precision Hub
    • Mar 24, 2017

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  • Precision Hub
    • Mar 8, 2017

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  • Tools Insider
    • Feb 27, 2017

    From the Experts: Perform cyclic redundancy checking using linker-generated CRC tables

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  • Fully Charged
    • Feb 21, 2017

    Extend battery life with a LDO, a voltage supervisor and a FET

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  • Precision Hub
    • Feb 17, 2017

    Detecting pesky failing batteries before they cause a problem

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  • Precision Hub
    • Feb 3, 2017

    Designing a discrete wide-bandwidth, cost-sensitive instrumentation amplifier

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    • Jan 27, 2017

    Power your smart lock for five years on one set of batteries

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  • Precision Hub
    • Jan 20, 2017

    Achieve big board-size reductions with tiny, precision op amps

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  • Fully Charged
    • Jan 17, 2017

    How 1.2% more efficiency can help you charge faster and cooler

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  • Fully Charged
    • Jan 10, 2017

    How do you detect battery aging in rarely discharged applications?

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  • Fully Charged
    • Dec 27, 2016

    Don’t let your battery drain on the shelf – use ship mode

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    • Dec 16, 2016

    How to choose a multicell gauge

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  • Precision Hub
    • Dec 16, 2016

    How to achieve higher-precision data acquisition in benchtop test equipment

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    • Dec 6, 2016

    Make your power bank more reliable with output short-circuit protection

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  • On the Grid
    • Nov 21, 2016

    A mini data concentrator for the smart grid

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  • Precision Hub
    • Nov 18, 2016

    Multiplexers: not so simple

    It’s simple to design a multiplexer (or mux for short) into a signal chain, right? After all, the device simply funnels multiple signals into a data converter. In reality, a mux can significantly impact the performance of a signal chain in a variety of ways. For example, the on-capacitance can cause crosstalk between channels. Signal- and temperature-dependent variations in the on-resistance can introduce signal...
  • Tools Insider
    • Nov 17, 2016

    Data blocking in the C2000 MCU compiler explained

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    • Nov 4, 2016

    How accurate is your battery fuel gauge? Part 2/2

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  • Launch Your Design Blog
    • Nov 2, 2016

    How to connect your SensorTag to the Amazon AWS cloud via a mobile app

    As a follow up to last week’s article , this post will work to cover the step-by-step process for getting the solution working. Following the steps below will allow you to connect the SimpleLink™ multi-standard CC2650 SensorTag kit ( CC2650STK ) to the Amazon AWS (AWS) cloud and customize the solution for specific needs. This tutorial also provides tips for other solutions using the CC2650 SensorTag kit...
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    • Oct 28, 2016

    Wireless power during the zombie apocalypse

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  • Precision Hub
    • Oct 28, 2016

    How to build a monitor and control solution for voltage regulators

    In my last post , I talked about how to use a precision digital-to-analog converter (DAC) to margin a voltage regulator like a low-dropout regulator (LDO) or switch mode power supply (SMPS), providing the ability to either precisely tune the output or allow it to swing over a wide range of voltages. In this post, I will expand upon that idea to build a closed-loop system that, alongside the compute power of a microprocessor...