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  • University Program
    • Aug 3, 2015

    VIDEO: See top 3 university student design projects of 2015

    Three-hundred teams entered this year’s Texas Instruments Innovation Challenge North America Design Contest. Those 300 teams were narrowed down to three – each design offering a unique and innovative solution for a pressing real-world pro...
  • Analog Wire
    • Aug 3, 2015

    Active RS-232 power consumption: Why isn’t it in the data sheet?

    System designers will often not find active power consumption mentioned in a typical data sheet. Many RS-232 interface device data sheets only specify supply current for unloaded and shutdown setups. However, an RS-232 device is only useful for commu...
  • Power House
    • Aug 3, 2015

    Select the correct PMBus POL solution for your application

    Do you need to monitor system operation or collect data about the power supply? If the answer is yes, then PMBus is for you. PMBus is an industry-standard protocol that facilitates 2-wire digital communication with power converters and other devices...
  • Power House
    • Jul 31, 2015

    Can overcurrent protection be simple and precise, while minimizing cost?

    When designing any system, you’ll often have to design a power supply to meet your requirements. A very popular solution is to employ a switch mode power supply (or SMPS), due to their very high efficiency. However, it is very challenging to de...
  • Analog Wire
    • Jul 31, 2015

    Time-of-flight measurements using high-performance time-to-digital converters

    On your mark, get set, go! Stopwatches are primarily known for their use at track or swim meets. Their accuracy generally does not extend beyond a millisecond, and you only need such specificity when the winner isn’t clear to the naked eye (als...
  • Think. Innovate
    • Jul 31, 2015

    VIDEO: See top 3 university student design projects of 2015

    Three-hundred teams entered this year’s Texas Instruments Innovation Challenge North America Design Contest. Those 300 teams were narrowed down to three – each design offering a unique and innovative solution for a pressing real-world problem. But only one design could win the top prize. Troy Bryant and Sean Lyons from the University of Florida were named the overall winners of this year’s design...
  • Precision Hub
    • Jul 31, 2015

    What happens behind the scenes of RF base stations? – part 3

    In parts 1 and 2 of this series , my colleague Matthew Sauceda described how to successfully bias radio frequency (RF) power amplifiers (PAs). A monitoring and control) solution is required to overcome the temperature-dependent nonlinearity of a RF PA. Automated monitoring and control (AMC) solutions overcome the nonlinearity by dynamically controlling the PA’s gate voltage to maintain a desired drain current (I...
  • Enlightened: The TI DLP® Blog
    • Jul 30, 2015

    3D scanning explained: Five basic steps for developers

    This guest blog comes from Hakki Refai, chief technology officer for Optecks, a TI DLP ® Design House dedicated to developing products and solutions for applications utilizing DLP technology. In today’s world, 3D representations of objects and data are highly sought after and widely used tools for applications as diverse as manufacturing, data visualization, medicine and entertainment. But where do these...
  • Power House
    • Jul 30, 2015

    Power Tips: Using a simple SPICE model to simulate a buck control loop

    When powering up your buck converter for the first time, wouldn’t it be nice to be confident that it will be stable? This is certainly possible by using a simple simulation model and a few simple calculations to set the error amplifier and power-stage gains. Figure 1 shows a current-mode (CM) model with the error amplifier, power-stage gain and output filter. The error amplifier looks at the output voltage, compares...
  • On the Grid
    • Jul 29, 2015

    Cap-drop offline power supply for light-load applications made SIMPLE

    Low-power applications such as e-meters often require a simple offline power supply, where 3.3V powers up a microcontroller and charges a lithium-ion battery to 4.2V. You can do this with a mains frequency power transformer or with a complex AC/DC offline power supply. Both approaches have well-known disadvantages related to weight, size and/or complexity. Two simpler options are full-wave and half-wave capacitor-drop...
  • Fully Charged
    • Jul 29, 2015

    It’s a dirty job, but nobody’s gotta do it: Rise of the (domestic) robots

    Who wouldn’t love having a home that runs itself? We’re in a golden age of ever-smarter gadgets, and one of the hottest areas of innovation is one that’s long captured the public’s fascination: robots. The industrial arena h...
  • Power House
    • Jul 28, 2015

    How to design for EMC and isolation with Fly-Buck™ converters

    Testament to its ease-of-use, small solution size, galvanic isolation, wide input voltage range, and low overall bill-of-materials cost, a properly-designed Fly-Buck ™ circuit is as indispensable as it is convenient. For example, programm...
  • The Process
    • Jul 28, 2015

    Solar Inverter Gateways Made Simple with AM335x

    Last week we released a new TI Design featuring AM335x: Solar Inverter Gateway Development Platform Reference Design . Solar inverter gateways are an important piece of the overall solar inverter solution; they provide a way for the system owner ...
  • Think. Innovate
    • Jul 28, 2015

    Why USB Type-C will make life easier

    In 1985, words like “USB,” “Blu-Ray” or “laptop,” would likely have elicited some strange looks. In 2015, these words are a part of our every day language. So, when the personal computer and electronics industries set out to fundamentally change the universal serial bus (USB), it was no easy task. That’s why the introduction of USB Type-C, the next-generation of USB, is probably...
  • Analog Wire
    • Jul 28, 2015

    USB Type-C does it all: Data, video and power delivery over a single cable connection

    The recently released universal serial bus (USB) Type-C connector comes with many enhanced features. The connector is well-known to be “flippable” and reversible, and able to carry data, video and power over one connection. The specificat...
  • MSP Low-Power Plays
    • Jul 28, 2015

    Reduce the volatility of the IoT with MSP FRAM MCUs

    The expansion of the Internet of Things (IoT) is expected to drive billions of newly connected devices by 2020. One of the primary reasons for connecting these devices is to create more intelligent and automated systems through the processing of data...
  • ConnecTIng Wirelessly
    • Jul 27, 2015

    Make your connected world smarter with the SimpleLink Wi-Fi CC3200 Smart Plug

    Looking to start developing in the home automation market? Our new SimpleLink™ Wi-Fi ® CC3200 Smart Plug TI Design reference design provides the schematics, BOMs, design files and test reports you’ll need to jump start your designs for this rapidly expanding market segment. The SimpleLink Wi-Fi CC3200 Smart Plug monitors real-time energy consumption and records long-term energy trends, making way for...
  • Analog Wire
    • Jul 27, 2015

    How Ethernet technology is shifting modern markets 40 years after its inception

    In my last blog post, “ Three things you should know about Ethernet PHYs ,” I discussed the evolution of Ethernet and the most essential information about the Ethernet physical layer transceiver (PHY). In this post, I’ll pick up wher...
  • Power House
    • Jul 27, 2015

    Achieving low standby power and high efficiency in flyback converters

    Ever wonder how the power level of chargers keeps increasing (to take advantage of USB Type-C standards, for example), but are still small in size? There is only so much power you can dissipate inside a sealed plastic box before the charger doubles as a hand warmer and becomes unreliable. You must achieve higher efficiency. Beyond this need for high efficiency, more strict standards will make meeting efficiency requirements...
  • Fully Charged
    • Jul 25, 2015

    Powered by energy harvesting: A recap of the energy harvesting Twitter chat

    We had an enriching conversation about energy harvesting during our Twitter chat on July 8. Participants tweeted us their questions on a variety of topics using #energyharvesting. In case you missed out we covered topics including sources for energy harvesting, the best parts to help your designs and where energy harvesting can be used. We asked a few questions to get your opinions. Take a look at the most buzzworthy...
  • Power House
    • Jul 25, 2015

    How to use an LDO to protect a power source

    This post is co-authored Aditya Ambardar. Designers often face the challenge of protecting power sources from abrupt shorts or continuous high draw of current, because loads can behave unpredictably in many industrial and automotive applications. Low-dropout (LDO) regulators often power these loads, but have no built-in protection. In this post, we’ll discuss a concept to effectively increase the LDO regulator’s...
  • Power House
    • Jul 24, 2015

    Join our #DesignoftheDay scavenger hunt for a chance to win an iPad Air® 2

    Looking for new power reference designs to help launch your next design? Well how do you feel about looking them up on a brand new 16GB iPad Air ® 2? During July 27 through August 7 we will showcase 10 popular TI Designs reference designs on our Twitter account, @TXInstruments with the hashtag #DesignoftheDay. Once you find these tweets, click the link to be directed to the reference design’s page and collect...
  • Analog Wire
    • Jul 24, 2015

    The secret to extending RS-485 communication performance

    As many of you know, RS-485 is a physical layer standard used in all kinds of industrial and military standards. My colleague has a good series on RS-485 Basics on the Industrial Strength blog. In this post, I’ll touch on the basics from a litt...
  • Think. Innovate
    • Jul 24, 2015

    3 reasons to celebrate the newly expanded Information Technology Agreement

    Think about how much technology has changed since 1996. Today, the world trading system embraced 21 st century technology with the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) announcement of an agreement to expand duty free treatment to an additional 200 high-tech products through the Information Technology Agreement (ITA). The original ITA, negotiated in 1996, removed tariffs on a wide array of technology products, including...
  • Motor Drive & Control
    • Jul 23, 2015

    Motor Drive Forum Top FAQs: Understanding current ratings

    If you have ever looked for a Texas Instruments device, you have likely seen the tool shown in Figure 1. This product selection tool is a mighty instrument that can help you swiftly review hundreds upon hundreds of devices. Figure 1: Product selection tool But as the saying goes, garbage in gets you garbage out. So understanding the various specifications of the devices you’re searching is critical to...