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  • Power House
    • Mar 27, 2015

    APEC 2015: A wrap-up and a look toward next year

    Another Applied Power Electronics Conference (APEC) has drawn to a close. I hope all of the attendees had an uneventful trip home. Over the years, APEC has changed for me. My first APEC was in 1999 (although I know plenty of you have attended for much longer than that); it was kind of like “speed dating.” You meet a lot of people in a very short time but are interrupted by technical sessions you don’t...
  • Motor Drive & Control
    • Mar 27, 2015

    Optimized thermal design for three-phase motor drives in power tools – Part 1

    Everyone loves power tools, whether cordless or corded. Cordless tools can use brushed or brushless DC (BLDC) motors . But, brushless motors are more efficient and have less maintenance, low noise and a longer life. In this two-part blog series, we will first discuss the basics of thermal design for three-phase motor drives used in these power tools, then the options available for your design. Power tools have stringent...
  • The Official MSP430 Blog
    • Mar 27, 2015

    Ready to try our new 32-bit MSP432™ MCUs?

    Earlier this week we announced the ultra-low-power MSP432™ MCU platform, the industry’s lowest power ARM® Cortex®-M4F microcontrollers. Period. We designed the MSP432 MCU platform to address a key challenge for the industry – how do you pack in more functionality without bursting your energy budget? Think of this challenge just like a birthday balloon - it can only take so much air before...
  • Fully Charged
    • Mar 27, 2015

    3 frequently asked questions about charging wearables

    The TI E2E™ Community Power forum is a resource where engineers and designers of all different levels can ask questions and gain insight from TI experts. When designing a wearable application, we’ve seen some common questions about charge...
  • University Program
    • Mar 26, 2015

    India faculty programs bridge gap between industry and education

    Bridges connect two entities and give them the opportunity to interact with each other. The TI Faculty Development Program (FDP) is one such bridge that connects industry with educational institutions efficiently. FDPs are professio...
  • ConnecTIng Wirelessly
    • Mar 26, 2015

    And the award goes to…SimpleLink Wi-Fi CC3200

    Written by: Kimberly Kulesh We are excited that the SimpleLink™ Wi-Fi® CC3200 wireless MCU has been selected as the winner of several prestigious awards for industry excellence. As a part of the latest generation of the SimpleLink Wi-Fi family, this Internet-on a-chip™ solution allows developers to easily add wireless connectivity to their designs with no prior Wi-Fi experience. Here are examples of...
  • Think. Innovate
    • Mar 26, 2015

    Connecting students with the International Space Station

    Three-hundred and fifty students sat in complete silence in the auditorium at Council Rock High School South just outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The only sound heard was the constant static from the speakers hanging overhead. On stage sat three members of the K3DN.org amateur radio (ham radio) operating club, along with a science and astronomy teacher and 10 students anxiously awaiting a voice to cut through the...
  • Behind the Wheel
    • Mar 26, 2015

    New approach for inrush current clamping with smart high side switch

    Smart Power High Side Switch is the device with protection and diagnosis features, in which the system can easily realize the high reliability and intelligent fault detection. It’s widely used in automotive and industrial applications, for example, as a power switch for the rear view camera or the LCD screen in the infotainment system. One common design problem for these applications is the big inrush current...
  • Behind the Wheel
    • Mar 26, 2015

    Power over your Coax

    Many smaller automotive electronic sub-systems receive their power from a coaxial cable. This cable combines the power and data transmission to reduce the number of cables required. This cable reduction decreases the extra weight and cost from the additional sub-system. The numerous cameras appearing in new cars frequently use this “power over coax” scheme to deliver a few watts of power to the camera. ...
  • Analog Wire
    • Mar 25, 2015

    How to protect USB host ports with ESD current-limit protection devices

    One of the hottest topics regarding interface technology today is the universal serial bus (USB) Type-C connector, popular for its reversibility, higher data transfer, power delivery and additional protocols. While there is much excitement over the new standard, the reality is that the USB Type-A connector is still prominent and is being designed into end equipment today. When designing for USB host ports, you should...
  • Fully Charged
    • Mar 25, 2015

    How to build a simple regulated positive and negative split supply

    Creating a split supply that delivers both a positive and negative voltage to the system has always been a pain on a good day for most of us. Some systems use push-pull transformers. Others use a boost converter with an AC-coupled output to create a ...
  • University Program
    • Mar 24, 2015

    VIDEO: Why we believe diversity fuels innovation

    Why are we passionate about educating and engaging the next generation of engineers? From first time learners in kindergarten to students pursuing higher education - finding creative solutions to problems requires a team of minds with different ...
  • Precision Hub
    • Mar 24, 2015

    Doing the math: The inside story of the Analog Engineer’s Pocket Reference

    As an analog applications engineer, much of my problem-solving involves recommending application circuits for customers to use as subcircuits in their overall product design. Thus, I understand the need for standard values, formulas, printed circuit ...
  • Think. Innovate
    • Mar 24, 2015

    DIY with TI: Inventing the perfect game show buzzer

    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. The buzzer is as synonymous with game shows as hosts with bad hair, big cash prizes and live studio audiences. But the Quiz Club in TI India, which regularly puts on competitions for their colleagues, didn’t...
  • The Official MSP430 Blog
    • Mar 24, 2015

    Our BIGGEST launch yet – Introducing the new MSP43…

    Today we unveiled the brand new ultra-low-power MSP...4...3...2 microcontroller platform! Yep - MSP432 MCUs! Any guesses yet what that means? Did you guess 32-bits? An ARM® Cortex® core perhaps? Correct and Correct! We hope you’re exci...
  • Power House
    • Mar 24, 2015

    Maker takes solar energy on-the-go

    Maker takes solar energy on-the-go We’ve all experienced a power outage in our lifetimes. Wouldn’t it be nice if next time, instead of breaking out the candles and flashlights, you could simply flip on your personal solar-powered g...
  • Analog Wire
    • Mar 23, 2015

    The future of data converter interfaces

    I’m a very direct individual, and when I think of data-conversion technology, I quickly categorize it into buckets: Precision: Typically less than 1 Msps with a high dynamic range (+20 bits). General purpose: Anywhere from 1 Msps to 20 Msps with a moderate dynamic range (12-16 bits). High speed: 20 Msps to 1 Gsps with a good dynamic range (8-14 bits). Ultra-high speed: 1 Gsps and above. For...
  • Power House
    • Mar 23, 2015

    How to ensure voltage accuracy and processor safety using the TPS65218

    As industrial and embedded computing applications become more feature-rich and shrink in size, design specifications in processors and field programmable gate arrays ( FPGAs ) are becoming more stringent. In particular, voltage tolerance has become much tighter. The new processors have a voltage tolerance of as little as 5% on power rail to ensure safe operation. So it is essential that the converter’s output-voltage...
  • Fully Charged
    • Mar 23, 2015

    Energy harvesting is not new - so why isn’t everybody using it?

    Energy harvesting – as most of us know it – has been around for thousands of years. Centuries ago, windmills were used to harvest wind energy. Solar water-heating systems have been in existence since the early 1900s. Since then, people ha...
  • Precision Hub
    • Mar 23, 2015

    Cool new tools to help boost your analog expertise

    Over the years I have sifted through a lot of technical literature, been to many seminars and viewed many online video trainings to gain a better understanding of analog electronics. While there are mountains of excellent material out there, I have noticed some general shortcomings. First, it can be a struggle to find this material. Most engineers pull information from many different technical papers, articles, seminars...
  • Power House
  • University Program
    • Mar 20, 2015

    Innovation comes to life inside new ECE facility at the University of Illinois

    Welcome to the new Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Building at the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign , an expansive 230,000 square-foot space where the next generation of U of I ECE students are hard at play studying to become...
  • Analog Wire
    • Mar 20, 2015

    JESD204B: Serial link quality tradeoffs and tools for optimization

    One of the most important goals in a JESD204B system design is achieving good signal quality in the serial data link. The signal quality is determined by the circuit board dielectrics, the quality of the signal routing, any connectors in the signal p...
  • Power House
    • Mar 20, 2015

    GaN is Ready For Digital Power Control

    It’s interesting how the term “ready” has so many different meanings. Having a house full of daughters, “ready” means getting ready to be ready; we won’t leave for another 30 minutes. On an airplane, “ready” means put away your cellphones; eventually, we might take off. We have heard spokespersons from our industry announce that “GaN is ready for prime time.”...
  • Precision Hub
    • Mar 20, 2015

    What happens behind the scenes of RF base-stations? (Part 1)

    We use radio frequency (RF) communication in our everyday activities, whether calling a relative, texting a friend or even reading this blog post from a mobile device. There are many signals zipping through the air, but where do most of these signals originate? Most RF communication originates from cellular towers or wireless basestations such as the towers shown in Figure 1. Figure 1: Mobile phone basestations...