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  • Behind the Wheel
    • Jan 12, 2018

    Jacinto™ DRA automotive processors drive digital cockpit solutions

    More consumers are considering in-vehicle technologies as a must-have feature when purchasing a car. These technologies not only provide information while driving, like navigation, but they enable both drivers and passengers to seamlessly connect the...
  • Behind the Wheel
    • Jan 11, 2018

    Jacinto™ TDA ADAS solutions look to the future of autonomous driving

    Autonomous cars have gone from being something confined to futuristic sci-fi TV and movies to something we see tested on the roads today. There is still a lot of work to be done before fully autonomous cars are ready for the mass market, but today&rs...
  • Think. Innovate
    • Jan 11, 2018

    New philanthropic fellowships honor legacy of TI founders

    The Texas Instruments Foundation has established a philanthropic fellowship program to honor our founders’ long legacy of giving back and leading nonprofit organizations in the community. Funded by a total of $2.1 million in TI Foundation grant...
  • Behind the Wheel
    • Jan 10, 2018

    Shining a light on the future of automotive headlight technologies

    Today’s automobiles are crammed with more incredible technology than ever. From advanced head-up displays (HUDs) to powered closure systems to theater-quality rear entertainment systems, the quality and quantity of electronic creature comforts has never been greater. One important system in car – the headlight – is undergoing rapid technological changes. The traditional halogen and xenon light bulbs...
  • Power House
    • Jan 10, 2018

    Power solution selection for a Xilinx Ultrascale/Ultrascale + FPGA made easy

    Given their high performance and integration capabilities, several data center and industrial applications use Xilinx® Ultrascale™ and Ultrascale+ field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs), including enterprise switches, server FPGA accel...
  • Enlightened: The TI DLP® Blog
    • Jan 9, 2018

    What’s new in headlight tech? Quite a bit, actually

    A lot has changed in the automotive industry in the last 100 years, but headlight systems have essentially served the same purpose since their inception. This trend has begun to change with the advent of adaptive driving beam (ADB) technologies. At TI, we recognize the game-changing potential that ADB solutions could have on the future of automotive. That’s why we have combined our deep expertise in automotive...
  • The Process
    • Jan 9, 2018

    A smarter world will arrive in waves

    Our world is becoming much smarter. Across our cities, homes and many aspects of our everyday lives, the increased intelligence going into everyday devices – ranging from thermostats and security systems to cars and even macro systems like our...
  • Think. Innovate
    • Jan 9, 2018

    Affordable and super-portable: what’s next in medical ultrasound

    Medical ultrasound technology has come a long way since the first Somascope. Fashioned from a horse trough and converted radar frame, the instrument fascinated readers of Life magazine in 1954. Its developers – a physician, a radiologist and t...
  • Analog Wire
    • Jan 8, 2018

    Why you should use a Class-D audio amplifier in your automotive infotainment system

    Have you seen all of the latest technology that is being integrated into today’s new cars? Well, it’s quite impressive and some of these technologies are even being offered in entry-level and economy vehicles: A forward-collision warning with emergency braking system that automatically brakes your car to avoid a rear-end collision in case the car in front of you stops too suddenly. An advanced parking...
  • ConnecTIng Wirelessly
    • Jan 4, 2018

    CES 2018: The SimpleLink™ MCU platform will demonstrate simplified, smart automation

    Please join TI at CES 2018 to learn about TI’s SimpleLink™ platform of wired and wireless-connected Arm®-based microcontrollers (MCUs) and network processors. With the rise of connected homes, buildings and factories, TI’s Simpl...
  • Behind the Wheel
    • Jan 3, 2018

    Don’t let the name fool you – a passive media hub is an active part of your driving experience

    One of the most important factors fueling the automotive infotainment sector is the personal electronics industry. Smartphones, tablets and laptops are just a few of the gadgets that have inspired the design of automotive media interface systems. Tre...
  • Power House
    • Dec 29, 2017

    When and how to supply an external bias for buck controllers – part 3

    In part 1 of this series, I discussed the need for an external bias and under what conditions you need to consider one. In part 2 , I discussed whether you can apply an external bias to any controller. In this third and final installment, I will go over a circuit that you can use to generate an external bias for any controller. This may prove useful in cases where a 5V bias rail is not available for providing the external...
  • Analog Wire
    • Dec 28, 2017

    Integrating next-generation linear resonance actuator systems

    In my last blog post , I introduced new actuator technology and briefly talked about the need for higher-voltage drivers. In this post, I’ll go into more detail about these high-voltage drivers and four system considerations – waveform synthesis, waveform effects, delay time and actuator placement – that you should keep in mind while implementing quality haptics in your system. Designers often decide...
  • Motor Drive & Control
    • Dec 28, 2017

    Cycle scavenging on C2000™ MCUs, part 7: PWM valley switching

    In the sixth (and most recent ) installment of this series , I started the discussion about actuation by highlighting the importance of the delayed trip feature in implementing deadband delays in peak current-mode control with zero software overhead. In this installment, I will explore pulse-width modulation (PWM) valley switching, which is a soft switching technique geared toward scavenging several central processing...
  • Power House
    • Dec 28, 2017

    Power Tips: How to protect a USB Type-C™ controller from legacy adapters

    In the last couple of years, more and more portal devices such as notebooks and smartphones have employed USB Type-C™ as the interface port. The USB Type-C connector is a totally new USB connector. It has a set of great profile, power rating and data transmission speed improvements. But the most important change about this charging protocol is that USB Type-C introduces a new pin, the configuration channel (CC)...
  • Behind the Wheel
    • Dec 27, 2017

    Hybrid electric vehicles and electric vehicles need different isolated DC/DCs to win

    An hybrid electric vehicle and electric vehicle (HEV/EV) has various subsystems and critical components working together. Isolated DC/DC converters work similar to how players practice a play from the team playbook, each with their own individual assignments for the greater good of the team. If you’re a football fan, you probably recognize the similarity between Figure 1 and a play diagram. The design choices...
  • Power House
    • Dec 27, 2017

    Power a RS-485 transceiver with a high efficiency flyback converter

    RS-485 is a standard defining the electrical characteristics of drivers and receivers for use in serial communication systems. It defines not only a single device-to-device interface, but also a communications bus that can form simple networks of multiple devices. RS-485 runs on twisted-pair cable, and the voltage differential of the two lines defines the logic, as shown in Figure 1. Because of its simplicity, low...
  • Power House
    • Dec 22, 2017

    When and how to supply an external bias for buck controllers – part 2

    In part 1 of this series, I discussed the need for external bias and under what conditions you need to consider it. In this installment, I will look at whether you can apply external bias to any controller. As a rule of thumb, you cannot apply external bias to controllers that have a current limit for the control field-effect transistor (FET) (also known as the high-side FET). It boils down to how the current limit...
  • Power House
    • Dec 21, 2017

    When and how to supply an external bias for buck controllers – part 1

    In multi-rail systems system designers often have to make the choice of where to tap into for the input rail for the buck controllers. Often it is from 12V or 24V rails, however in some cases it’s from 5V or 3.3V rails. I will be discussing the need to supplying external bias and its benefits in the first part of this 3 part series. Well, it comes down to the metal-oxide semiconductor field-effect transistor...
  • Launch Your Design Blog
    • 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...
  • Behind the Wheel
    • Dec 20, 2017

    Driving automotive innovation with Jacinto™ automotive processors

    Texas Instruments has a long-standing history of development in signal processing and automotive processors. To date, we have shipped more than 150 million units to the automotive market , and along the way, we have seen original equipment manufacture...
  • Analog Wire
    • Dec 18, 2017

    Don’t limit your audio: how to achieve loud sound from a small speaker

    One common challenge audio design engineers run into today is getting loud audio from a small speaker in systems with a single cell battery. The best solution is to give the amplifier more power. In portable electronic devices, implementing a Class-D audio amplifier with a boost will deliver that extra power. Unfortunately, the power needed to achieve high sound pressure levels (SPLs) will often exceed the continuous...
  • Motor Drive & Control
    • Dec 14, 2017

    Cycle scavenging on C2000™ MCUs, part 6: the delayed trip mechanism

    In the very first installment of this blog series , I claimed that C2000™ microcontrollers (MCUs) are equipped with an array of unique features geared toward scavenging cycles at each of the three stages of real-time closed-loop systems. Since t...
  • MSP Low-Power Plays
    • Dec 14, 2017

    Ultrasonic sensing, part 1: an effective and improved approach to gas-flow metering

    Ultrasonic sensing is an emerging technology in the industrial and residential gas-flow metering space . In fact, ultrasound is a better alternative to mechanical flow metering because it enables the measurement of much lower flow rates while consuming very little power. Because there aren’t any moving parts in an ultrasonic flow meter, these meters are also not subject to problems introduced by mechanical wear...