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Recent blog posts
  • Precision Hub
    • Aug 28, 2015

    Designing output isolated 4-wire sensor transmitters

    In my last post , I discussed the basic structure of 4-wire sensor transmitters and how they differ from 2-wire and 3-wire sensor transmitters. In this post, I will discuss the construction of a locally powered output-isolated 4-wire sensor transmitter like the one shown in Figure 1. Locally powered 4-wire sensor transmitters are popular in applications where the wires must run long distances and the sensor consumes >4mA...
  • ConnecTIng Wirelessly
    • Aug 28, 2015

    Feature-rich cloud-based development tools for TI MCUs and wireless connectivity devices

    Earlier this year, TI launched its cloud-based development tool portal: dev.ti.com Since that time, the tools available from this portal have grown and evolved into a feature-rich development platform. The primary advantage of using cloud...
  • Power House
    • Aug 27, 2015

    Overview of voltage regulator packaging

    As more and more features are packed into industrial and automotive electronic systems, smaller, robust packages become even more attractive. However, to ensure that the electronic design is thermally robust, you need to have a proper understan...
  • Think. Innovate
    • Aug 27, 2015

    Out of Office: Paul Westbrook, “Renaissance man”

    TIers do amazing things every day at work and when they are out of the office. In our ongoing series, ‘Out of Office,’ we showcase the unique and fascinating hobbies, talents and interests of TIers all over the world. Paul Westbrook is a poster child for the Mozart Effect. “There are a lot of interesting studies about math skills and music skills going hand-in-hand,” Paul said. “If...
  • University Program
    • Aug 27, 2015

    Learn how to program BeagleBone Black with MATLAB and Simulink

    The dedicated team at MathWorks has been working on expanding support for BeagleBone Black. Brian McKay, technical marketing manager at MathWorks brings us this easy to use tutorial. You can now connect your BeagleBone Black to MATLAB ® . MATLAB is...
  • Enlightened: The TI DLP® Blog
    • Aug 27, 2015

    From 3D Printing to Lithography, TI DLP® Ultraviolet Chipsets Provide Flexible Solutions for UV Imaging

    TI DLP® Products is reinforcing its reputation in imaging technology with the release of the DLP9500UV chipset . The latest addition to its portfolio features the highest resolution Ultraviolet (UV) DLP chip to quickly expose and cure photosensitive materials in industrial and medical imaging applications. DLP Products is no stranger to working with UV imaging, having previously offered UV products to our DLP Design...
  • Industrial Strength
    • Aug 27, 2015

    How to use light projection technology for automated manufacturing

    Texas Instruments DLP ® technology, with the digital micromirror device (DMD) at its core, has the potential—when applied to problems in both 3-D printing and machine vision —to offer high-resolution imaging, fast production speed and low manufacturing costs that could help make the autonomous-manufacturing vision a reality. 3-D printing with DLP technology Stereolithography (SLA), a common 3-D printing...
  • The Process
    • Aug 27, 2015

    Getting to know LTE Unlicensed

    While the small cell market has undergone considerable growing pains, we believe it is on the verge of a significant expansion over the next two years. At the same time, the growing demand for increased data rates and bandwidth are prompting the need...
  • Behind the Wheel
    • Aug 26, 2015

    Don’t lose navigational signal in tunnels anymore

    Ever wondered, how your map stays on track inside the car navigation systems when go inside the tunnel? Gyro sensors are extensively used in car navigation systems for sensing angular velocity changes in the travel direction and for dead reckoning in locations where GPS signals are lost. These sensors transfer the data over SPI interface. As advancements in host processors are migrating to smaller, lower power, faster...
  • ConnecTIng Wirelessly
    • Aug 26, 2015

    10 steps to finish your Bluetooth Smart design

    Here at TI, we are busy (in a good way) with expanding and improving our Bluetooth® Smart offerings. The interest in our products is very high, especially around the latest SimpleLink™ Bluetooth Smart CC2640 wireless microcontroller (MCU ). To simplify the design process for you, our apps engineering team has therefore compiled this list of ten steps to finish your CC2640 wireless MCU design based on frequently...
  • Power House
    • Aug 26, 2015

    Get into electromagnetic compliance with GaN

    Gallium nitride (GaN) transistors switch fast! In a previous post , I examined the LMG5200 half-bridge GaN driver, and showed that it is capable of a switching rise time of 600ps or less. On the bench, I measured a switch-node dv/dt of 40V per nanosec...
  • Analog Wire
    • Aug 26, 2015

    What are you sensing? Pros and cons of four temperature sensor types

    Choosing temperature-sensing products may seem trivial, but with the wide variety of products available, this task can be quite daunting. In this blog post, I’ll present four types of temperature sensors – resistance temperature detectors...
  • MSP Low-Power Plays
    • Aug 26, 2015

    The exclusive MSP back-to-school sale is here!

    It's that time of year again and we want to make it easy for you to start developing with MSP microcontrollers ! This promotion will run for two weeks only, while supplies last. Check out the great deals we have on MSP LaunchPads and the MSP-FET using the exclusive coupon codes below on the TI Store : EVM Description Discount Coupon Code MSP-FET Programmer/debugger for all...
  • Fully Charged
    • Aug 25, 2015

    Unboxing high end gas gauges

    Small gas gauging devices have found their way into many consumer, industrial, and medical applications. In a previous blog post , we introduced our bq274xx series of Li-Ion gas gauges. In this video, we introduce the bq27xx series of gas gauges. The biggest difference between the bq274xx and bq275xx series is that the latter has configurable data flash to allow for more precise modeling of the rechargeable battery. Having...
  • Power House
    • Aug 25, 2015

    Driving LEDs in battery-powered portable projectors

    Have you ever tried to present ideas on a projector and found that the customers’ meeting room has no equipment with which to do this? Wouldn’t it be handy if you had a portable one ready at hand? This happened to me recently, and wit...
  • Industrial Strength
    • Aug 25, 2015

    Isolators as insulators: using isolation for electrical safety

    Effective isolation is a way to minimize DC and uncontrolled transient currents from flowing between two circuits while allowing information and power transfer to occur. Integrated circuits (ICs) that enable isolation are called isolators. Some applications use isolation for functional purposes; that is, to get systems to work properly. Two examples of functional isolation are preventing ground potential differences...
  • University Program
    • Aug 25, 2015

    Indian students solve farming problems with the touch of a finger

    The TI Innovation Challenge India Design Contest was as competitive as ever this year, attracting 11,200 participants from 654 different engineering colleges in India. The following highlights this year’s first-runner up team and how they utilized TI technology to solve a real-world problem. A walk through a paddy field sounds simple enough. But what if the walk for farmers is under adverse climate conditions...
  • Think. Innovate
    • Aug 25, 2015

    From fish to flowers to food: How TIers used a dying lake to nourish, beautify their community

    TIers put our company’s commitment to citizenship into action every day in their jobs and in their communities. In our ongoing series “CiTIzenship," we feature TIers around the world making a difference in their communities and creating technology for good. TIer Kyoko Ikeda inhales deeply and takes in her surroundings. Standing on the 10 th floor of the Miho wafer fabrication plant – about 90...
  • Power House
    • Aug 24, 2015

    Fast forward your FPGA power design with TI Designs

    Wouldn’t it be much easier if processors and field programmable gate arrays FPGAs all operated from the same voltage and didn’t require special features like sequencing and control? Unfortunately, most processors and FPGA require different supply voltages, startup/shutdown sequences and different types of control. Luckily, power-management ICs integrated circuits (PMICs ) can power and control today’s...
  • Analog Wire
    • Aug 24, 2015

    Offset correction improves the next generation of heart-rate smart watches

    You don’t need to look too hard to find complaints about the accuracy of optical heart-rate smart watches. Many technology blog reviews stated that you’ll benefit from its activity and sleep-tracking functions rather than the optical hear...
  • MSP Low-Power Plays
    • Aug 24, 2015

    Exterminate software bugs with MSP432 MCU

    Debugging large software programs is always a challenge; often, it’s tough to know where to even begin! The MSP432 low-power and performance Microcontroller (MCU) offers an advanced debugging utility, brand new to the MSP family of MCUs: Serial...
  • Power House
    • Aug 22, 2015

    Identify the most accurate linear voltage regulator

    Would you like your microprocessor to have peak performance all the time? Imagine that the power for your microprocessor consists of a switch mode power supply and a linear regulator, which allows for minimum power consumption. The block diagram for...
  • University Program
    • Aug 21, 2015

    3 reasons back-to-school isn’t just for kids

    It’s back-to-school time, but that doesn’t have to mean just for kids. TI is helping learners of all ages study engineering by partnering with the University of California at Berkeley, the University of Texas at Austin, and the Georgia...
  • Analog Wire
    • Aug 21, 2015

    RF Sampling: How over-sampling is cheating physics

    ** This is the fifth post in a new RF-sampling blog series that’ll appear monthly on Analog Wire ** RF sampling converters can capture high-frequency signals and large-bandwidth signals; however, not every application utilizes signals that req...
  • Power House
    • Aug 21, 2015

    How to generate current sources and sinks of arbitrary magnitude

    Current sources and sinks are essential components of analog design, from the simple biasing of active analog circuitry to current-capacitor integrator reset and oscillator architectures. A convenient topology for implementing current sources and sinks utilizes a field effect transistor (FET) driven by an operational amplifier to produce a current from the feedback of a small series resistance. Figure 1 depicts this topology...