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  • Motor Drive & Control
    • May 28, 2015

    Motor start-up techniques: Part two

    In the first part of the series , I explained how to use ForceAngle within InstaSPIN-FOC™ to regulate motor start up. Next, I will address generating enough torque during start-up and how to maintain alignment to maximize torque. Generating enough Torque As the starting load is increased, the torque you can generate will be based on the current and the alignment of the fields (determined by the accuracy of...
  • Analog Wire
    • May 27, 2015

    What are you sensing? Re-thinking system efficiency and reliability - part 1

    If you ask an engineer if they would like an efficient and reliable system, the answer will of course be yes. What that definition of efficiency and reliability is – and what it ultimately takes to get the system there – is not nearly as ...
  • Think. Innovate
    • May 27, 2015

    Seattle Seahawks fan rallies behind DIY project

    At TI, we celebrate the makers and hobbyists who enjoy creating and innovating on their own time. In our ongoing DIY with TI series, we share their incredible Do It Yourself inventions using TI technology. Even in a stadium full of fellow Seattle Seahawks fans, TIer Jason Rubadue has a way of standing out in the crowd of blue, white and neon green jerseys. The Seattle, Wash.-based DIYer designed a bright wearable light...
  • Fully Charged
    • May 27, 2015

    Simplifying your multi-rail power application with one device

    Shortening time to market is a key requirement for any wearable or Internet of Things (IoT) design, such as smart watches, data loggers, sensors, home gateways and more. Many designers are looking for the simplest and quickest way to implement these systems. The challenge seems simple, but is it? Most basic systems contain a microcontroller, sensors and some type of wireless connectivity, often with different supply...
  • The Official MSP430 Blog
    • May 27, 2015

    Taking advantage of real-time operating systems with MSP432 MCUs

    As your product performance needs are increasing, you may consider porting your existing MSP430 MCU design to TI's new high performance MSP432 MCU platform. Alternatively, as your product power consumption needs are decreasing, you may be conside...
  • Fully Charged
    • May 27, 2015

    Gas gauging solutions for Li-ion batteries: Part 1

    Since it’s commercialization by Sony in 1991, lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries have been widely adopted in portable devices for consumer, industrial and medical markets. The Li-ion battery is now making its way into many more sectors, replacing existing primary (nonrechargeable) batteries and lead-acid batteries due to its high energy density. One thing that many system designers overlook is the importance of a...
  • University Program
    • May 26, 2015

    Gain new teaching techniques and free TI tools at ASEE

    Join the TI University Program team at five free hands-on workshops for educators during the American Society for Engineering Education’s (ASEE) 122nd Annual Conference, June 14-17 in Seattle. It is a learning opportunity you won’t ...
  • Power House
    • May 26, 2015

    How is GaN reliability being measured for application relevance?

    A customer recently asked me a question about gallium nitride (GaN) reliability: “It seems that JEDEC (the Joint Electron Device Engineering Council) does not cover application conditions in the switching power world. Any GaN device we would use in an end product should go through such testing. In my opinion, JEDEC should incorporate these kinds of tests. What do you think?” Our customer is asking the right...
  • Think. Innovate
    • May 26, 2015

    TI hails Senate passage of TPA-2015

    On May 22, the U.S. Senate passed the Bipartisan Trade Priorities and Accountability Act of 2015 (TPA-2015). “As a company that earns nearly 90 percent of its revenue from markets overseas, TI strongly supports TPA-2015,” said Paula Collins, vice president of worldwide government relations. The bill provides an essential framework for negotiators to complete new trade agreements and for Congress to approve...
  • Analog Wire
    • May 26, 2015

    How to get started with current sense amplifiers – part 2

    In part 1 of this series , I discussed the concepts of low-side or high-side monitoring and current flow directionality. In this second installment, I will discuss “how” the current information is used. What do I mean when I say “how...
  • Power House
    • May 25, 2015

    Understanding MOSFET data sheets, Part 3 - Continuous current ratings

    The first thing to understand about MOSFET current ratings is they’re not real. Ok, so maybe a better way to put it is just that they are not measured the way that parameters like RDS(ON) and gate charge are determined, but rather, they are cal...
  • Fully Charged
    • May 22, 2015

    Battery Terms Decoded: Part 3

    I went through many battery terms and acronyms in part 1 and part 2 of this blog series, but now let’s talk about the most common acronym related to lithium-ion (Li-Ion) battery fuel gauging: SOC. You may already know this as state of charge (not system on chip, which is also commonly used for certain semiconductors). When you look at your phone or another portable device, your battery gauge is fairly intuitive...
  • Precision Hub
    • May 22, 2015

    Caution! Your ADC may be only as good as its power supply

    When it comes to the analog signal chain, everyone understands the importance of the input signal path. We design our systems to capture and preserve the integrity of signals of interest, while doing our best to block out or reduce interference. We pay careful attention to the selection of every component placed along the way…and then we just power it. I once heard someone describe power supplies as “the...
  • Motor Drive & Control
    • May 22, 2015

    How to spin your stepper motor more efficiently – Part 2

    In part 1 of this series, I provided a few key ideas: TI hearts stepper motors. Stepper motors can be power-hungry. Back electromotive force (EMF) will indicate the stepper-motor load. You can control the output current based on back EMF. This can help save some power. No talking about current regulation! So now that all of the conceptual work is done (read: no real work at all), it’s...
  • Enlightened: The TI DLP® Blog
    • May 22, 2015

    Smallest HD TI display chipset wins big award

    It’s our smallest and most power efficient micro-mirror array that can generate high-definition (HD) projection displays. And now, it’s also award winning. Last week, Electronic Component News (ECN) announced the winners of the 2015 ECN IMPACT Awards for groundbreaking contributions in electronic design, and the TI DLP ® Pico™ 0.3-inch TRP HD 720p chipset took home the top prize for excellence...
  • Analog Wire
    • May 22, 2015

    Multi-dimensional inductive sensing

    The title of this blog sounds like an excerpt from a science fiction movie, but in reality, integrating multiple sensor analog front-ends (AFEs) into a single device is nothing new. Suppliers have been releasing duals and quads of just about every bu...
  • The Official MSP430 Blog
    • May 22, 2015

    New LaunchPad - More Features - Big Savings

    As announced earlier this week , we have a new LaunchPad Development Kit featuring our most integrated FRAM microcontroller. The MSP-EXP430FR6989 LaunchPad is perfect for evaluation of our platform when considering designs with new devices such a...
  • Think. Innovate
    • May 21, 2015

    CiTIzenship: It begins with each of us

    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. Trisha Cunningham loves to help girls dream big dreams. “I’m a first-generation college graduate,” Trisha said. “I...
  • University Program
    • May 21, 2015

    TI LaunchPad + Energia enable rapid prototyping at campus build events

    Taking college campuses by storm, popular “hackathon” events have traditionally focused only on software development. However, as more students dream up new applications for the Internet of Things (IoT), they are discovering the need to incorporate hardware into their embedded system designs. Inspired by low cost, low power EVMs with add-on boards and easy to use open source software programming methods...
  • Power House
    • May 21, 2015

    Is your power supply smart enough to be cool

    OK. I know the title is really corny, but I think you’re really going to like this post if you give it a chance. We’ve all heard over and over about the great things intelligent power will bring to the power-supply industry. In many way...
  • ConnecTIng Wirelessly
    • May 21, 2015

    Want to know more about TI-RTOS?

    TI-RTOS is an embedded operating system optimized to meet the needs of developers of MCU applications, especially in the IoT space. TI-RTOS provides state-of-the-art power management and wireless connectivity to give you a head start on finishing you...
  • Motor Drive & Control
    • May 20, 2015

    Simple BLDC motor spinning 101: Five key concerns

    The brushless direct current (BLDC) motor is the newest member of the big motor family that people just can’t stop talking about. Unlike a brushed or stepper motor, control techniques for which are very mature and standard, there have been debates on what’s the best approach to control a BLDC motor, as well as how to continue improving these technologies. In this three-part blog series, I’ll briefly...
  • The Process
    • May 20, 2015

    What DSPs do better than GPPs? – DSP Breaktime: Episode 3

    Our third episode of the DSP Breaktime series is out and Arnon gets snarky. He asks me if I've heard of PayPal, he belittles my thoughts on machine vision with his summary saying “we’ll enable Terminator,” and he says something ...
  • Fully Charged
    • May 20, 2015

    What is that giant tantalum cap on the input of the EVM?

    I often receive questions about why we place a physically large tantalum capacitor on the input of most low-power, step-down converter TPS62xxx evaluation modules (EVMs). Tantalum capacitors are generally very large and tall. Plus, in many applications, they simply cost too much or are not reliable enough to use in a robust system. So why do we have them on our EVMs? An EVM is designed to be a simple test vehicle for...
  • On the Grid
    • May 20, 2015

    Key technology drivers for the adoption of renewable energy

    For my earlier blog on how innovations at TI are driving the growth of renewable energy see here . TI’s offerings are aiding the development of some key technological drivers of renewable energy. Distributed energy systems, substation automation...