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  • Enlightened: The TI DLP® Blog
    • Jul 28, 2016

    Raising the intelligence of smart homes with interactive projection displays

    When most people think of using projection technology at home, they usually envision a high-tech home theater installation. The rise of the smart home and the Internet of Things (IoT) are introducing consumers to a new way to view displays. Smart homes and the IoT are bringing greater connectivity and intelligence to many everyday devices, ranging from air conditioners and home security systems to cooktops and refrigerators...
  • Fully Charged
    • Jul 28, 2016

    Another use for load switches: reverse battery protection

    Electronic devices are certainly ubiquitous today, with the average individual coming into contact with three to five handheld or mobile devices daily. All of these devices, however, need a portable power source or battery to keep the device running. But what happens when users insert batteries in reverse or connect wires with an unintentional negative voltage? In some cases, this could damage the Microcontroller (MCU...
  • Think. Innovate
    • Jul 28, 2016

    Out of office: ‘Class act’ balances family, work and hobby

    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. In a given day, most o...
  • Power House
    • Jul 28, 2016

    Power Tips: Trade-offs in designing a universal AC input power supply

    The alternating current (AC) line voltage around the world varies in terms of voltage and frequency. The U.S. and Japan supply voltages are around 100V, while Europe and China use ~220V. The frequency across the world also varies from ~50 to 60Hz. H...
  • Analog Wire
    • Jul 28, 2016

    RS-485 basics: When termination is necessary, and how to do it properly

    Many signal integrity and communication issues with RS-485 networks stem from terminations, either from a lack of termination or improper termination. In this installment of the RS-485 basics series, I’ll talk about when you can get away without terminating your RS-485 network, and if you need termination, how to use standard (parallel) terminations and alternating current (AC) termination networks. As I discussed...
  • Industrial Strength
    • Jul 28, 2016

    How to select the right industrial Ethernet standard: Do you speak multiprotocol?

    Industrial Ethernet is taking a lead role over the serial-based fieldbus in products for factory and process automation, grid infrastructure and building automation. Industrial Ethernet connects the programmable logic controller (PLC) with field-installed sensors and actuators, input and output modules, and bus couplers and drives. Unfortunately, a common industrial Ethernet standard has not been defined across product...
  • The Process
    • Jul 28, 2016

    Start designing your next Sitara™ processor solution!

    Do you need design inspiration or are you looking to learn more about Sitara™ processors? To help you, we’ve rounded up some of our new and popular TI Design reference designs. Check out which ones we are featuring this month! Parallel Redundancy Protocol (PRP) Ethernet Reference Design for Substation Automation: This reference design implements a solution for high-reliability, low-latency network communications...
  • Power House
    • Jul 27, 2016

    How you measure your ripple can make you or break you

    Testing switching power supplies includes many different tests, one of them being the output-voltage peak-to-peak ripple. Output-voltage ripple is the alternating current (AC) component of the direct current (DC) output voltage. It’s generated ...
  • ConnecTIng Wirelessly
    • Jul 27, 2016

    Why use Sub-1 GHz in your IoT application

    We continue to see tremendous growth within the Internet of Things (IoT) market with more devices than ever being connected to the cloud. With applications such as home automation, which allow you to equip your home with lighting, heating, and...
  • Industrial Strength
    • Jul 26, 2016

    A modern approach to solid-state relay design

    Co-authored by Miro Oljaca and Tattiana Davenport A solid-state relay (SSR) is a semiconductor-based device used for on/off control of a load. The semiconductors typically used in SSRs include two types of power transistors and two types of thyristors. The power transistors include bipolar junction transistors (BJTs) and metal-oxide-semiconductor field-effect transistors (MOSFETs). The thyristors include silicon-controlled...
  • Think. Innovate
    • Jul 26, 2016

    Symphonic precision: Achieving high performance and reinforced isolation

    In most automotive factories, you’ll find automated robotic technology doing much of the heavy lifting and assembly of parts for new vehicles. Precision is critical in this type of environment, where motors, robotic arms, switches and high-vol...
  • Fully Charged
    • Jul 26, 2016

    What does wireless power mean for industrial applications?

    Industrial application designers are just beginning to see the value of wireless power for their systems. Consider an electronic point-of-sale (ePOS) terminal. The flexibility of not being tethered to a system (by cables or wires) and not having to w...
  • Analog Wire
    • Jul 25, 2016

    Inductive sensing: prototype side-by-side coils in four easy steps

    In my last post, I introduced the LDC0851 differential inductive switch. In this post, I’ll show you how to take readily available Evaluation Modules (EVM) to prototype a side-by-side coil configuration that can be used for a variety of applica...
  • Fully Charged
    • Jul 25, 2016

    Fast-charge your design process with the new WEBENCH Battery Charger Designer

    Designing a power supply to charge the battery for applications like portable audio or wearable fitness gadgets can be a challenging and time-consuming task. Now, you can fast-charge your selection and design process using the new WEBENCH Battery Cha...
  • MSP Low-Power Plays
    • Jul 25, 2016

    IoT, wearables and other new applications create need for super-sensitive sensors

    The many new applications coming about because of the Internet of Things (IoT), as well as a slew of standalone portable devices and personal electronic gadgets, are creating a huge need for next-generation intelligent sensing and measurement capabilities. These applications share a number of requirements, such as increased sensitivity, extremely low current detection, ultra-low power consumption – since many of...
  • ConnecTIng Wirelessly
    • Jul 25, 2016

    How to build a fully managed and scalable long-range network with low-power nodes

    Connecting low power nodes to the Internet is possible today with a variety of different wireless technologies. Among all of them, the communication in the Sub-1 GHz band has the ability to reach the longest range and is better suited for indoo...
  • On the Grid
    • Jul 22, 2016

    Solar in Texas: the future looks bright

    I don’t know why I bother checking the weather this time of year. Save for the occasional thunderstorm, I can pretty much guarantee that it’s going to be hot and sunny here in Dallas all summer long. As we enter a long stretch of triple-digit highs, most people’s minds are on how to stay cool. For me though, every time I go outside I can’t help but think, “Where are all the solar panels?”...
  • ConnecTIng Wirelessly
    • Jul 21, 2016

    TI's SimpleLink™ Wi-Fi® devices are now the first to offer chip-level transferable Wi-Fi Certification

    The benefits of Wi-Fi ® certification The ubiquitous yin-yang Wi-Fi logo devised by the Wi-Fi Alliance (WFA) at the turn of the 21st century has since become synonymous with this widespread connectivity standard. In fact, this internationally recognized Wi-Fi CERTIFIED™ logo is the Wi-Fi Alliance ‘seal of approval’ for products, indicating they have met the industry’s standards for interoperability...
  • Think. Innovate
    • Jul 21, 2016

    The art of demystifying data converters

    The words and drawings seeped with Agatha-Christie-like suspense and film-noir-inspired drama. Little by little, the mystery spun readers in to its cunning web, only to leave them in suspense, waiting for the next cryptic installment. The composition wasn’t a crime thriller or a detective novel – it was a series of blog posts written by an engineer, designed to explain a complex technical concept in a new...
  • Analog Wire
    • Jul 21, 2016

    Four ways to design an amplifier without a rail-to-rail op amp

    My colleague Xiyao Zhang wrote a post last month about changing to a rail-to-rail device after encountering a problem with a circuit. However, what a lot of signal chain designers do not realize is that adjusting signal level, gain and offset of thei...
  • Industrial Strength
    • Jul 21, 2016

    Improving variable-speed trigger switches in power tools through capacitive sensing

    Imagine a construction site where a hammer drill doesn’t respond every time the trigger is pressed, or a drilling machine/screwdriver turns at full speed even though the trigger is barely touched by the user. These are situations that no one wants to experience, but they could happen when the trigger of the tool wears out. This is especially true with the traditionally used resistive potentiometers, which wear...
  • Behind the Wheel
    • Jul 21, 2016

    Seeing more in the mirror is not just about your perspective!

    Advanced Driver Assist Systems (ADAS) continue to expand across many types of vehicle applications with various levels of functionality, and Texas Instruments (TI) continues to provide scalable solutions to address them. One emerging ADAS appli...
  • The Process
    • Jul 21, 2016

    Clove: Low-Power video solutions based on Sitara™ AM57x processors

    Ittiam Systems is a global technology company with R&D driven solutions for media creation, management and consumption. They are the first in the industry to have used Sitara™ AM57x processors to create a video/multimedia solution called Cl...
  • Fully Charged
    • Jul 20, 2016

    Higher charger input-voltage ratings: better safe than sorry

    When you are designing a circuit to charge a Lithium-ion battery, what is the right value of over-voltage tolerance for the charger or front-end power-input device? The answer (as usual) is, “it depends.” What is your normal direct curren...
  • Industrial Strength
    • Jul 20, 2016

    Trends in building automation: connected sensors in safety and security

    In my previous blog post , I explored energy efficiency, the first of several trends in building-automation wireless-sensor networks. As a recap, the four key trends driving the addition of more sensors in a building-automation system include: Energy efficiency. Safety and security. User comfort. Preventive maintenance. In the second part of this blog series, I’ll go over sensors, which when...