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Recent blog posts
  • Analog Wire
    • Jun 14, 2018

    How to calculate the power dissipation of high-speed RS-485 transceivers

    The RS-485 interface is widely used in industrial applications because of its robustness and long-distance communication capability. Since the RS-485 standard was first introduced to the market in 1998, electronic systems have increased in size and complexity. Many end equipments, such as motor drives, PLCs, and industrial PCs, now require high-speed (>10Mbps) communication. TI’s THVD1550 is the latest TI RS...
  • Behind the Wheel
    • Jun 13, 2018

    What are the advantages of an automotive temperature sensor IC compared to an NTC?

    Automotive manufacturers all over the world are focused on vehicle electrification and providing vehicle owners with more advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) features. As vehicle electrification technology improves, we will see cars charge more...
  • ConnecTIng Wirelessly
    • Jun 12, 2018

    An out-of-the-box Internet of Things: building a seamless and secure smart home network

    The term “home network” has evolved to include products that work together seamlessly to provide both a smart and secure home experience. Inside the newest smart home products and talking home assistants is a much more intricate story, h...
  • Industrial Strength
    • Jun 12, 2018

    The gap in wireless communications: ultra-reliability and low latency

    During the last few decades, wireless communications have evolved to enable more and more applications, including the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). This evolution has corresponded to the needs and interests of industrial players, who seek to modernize factories. For instance, low-power wide-area (LPWA) networks enable the gathering of tons of non-time-critical data coming from sensors all over the factory, while...
  • Think. Innovate
    • Jun 12, 2018

    Chief Technology Officer Ahmad Bahai discusses how TI mmWave technology helps us see clearly

    Many technology leaders have long dreamed of a highly integrated radar vision that is accurate and uncluttered by ambient noise. We all recall old radar screens when a huge plane was just a point on the screen. On the other hand, TI mmWave sensors &...
  • Analog Wire
    • Jun 11, 2018

    Improving IC reliability for harsh design environments

    It’s hard to believe that I’ve actually grown up with the integrated circuit (IC), which recently turned 50 years old (I pre-date that slightly … but hey, who’s counting). As a boy, I dreamed of Star Trek-like communicators and handheld medical scanners - as well as computers you could talk to that possessed seemingly endless information. Well, it’s 2018 (so strange to write that)...
  • Power House
    • Jun 8, 2018

    Understanding valley current limit

    The concept of current limit seems pretty straightforward: when you increase the output current of a DC/DC converter, at a certain point it’s not possible to increase it any further. This level is the current limit, which naturally leads to the idea that the current is limited at some particular peak or maximum level. With this in mind, the concept of valley current limit can seem quite counterintuitive. To better...
  • Industrial Strength
    • Jun 7, 2018

    Real-time control meets real-time industrial communications development – part 3

    In part 1 of this blog series , I gave an overview of the market opportunity for EtherCAT® slave stack support on C2000™ microcontrollers (MCUs) and an introduction to a three-phased solution to jump-start slave stack development. In part 2 , I outlined what is different and compelling about the TI C2000 MCU EtherCAT implementation. In this installment, I’ll break down the three phases of the development...
  • Power House
    • Jun 6, 2018

    The new PoE standard: It’s almost here

    This July will mark six years since the beginning of the journey for IEEE 802.3bt, the IEEE standards project that will standardize 4-pair Power over Ethernet (PoE). I began preparing for the standard when I attended my first IEEE standards meeting ...
  • ConnecTIng Wirelessly
    • Jun 6, 2018

    SimpleLink™ Bluetooth® low energy wireless MCUs now support Ali Cloud Link IoT platform

    Smart locks and smart sensors have become trendy. Developers can spend a huge amount of time creating and connecting these popular Internet of Things (IoT) products to the cloud via gateways using wireless technologies such as Bluetooth ® low energy. Choosing an easy-to-use cloud service that offers powerful functions, steadiness and multiple cloud-security features can also be a challenge, so TI worked with Alibaba...
  • Industrial Strength
    • Jun 6, 2018

    Connectivity helps integrate intelligent motor control on a single MCU

    Modern power and garden tools, vacuum cleaners and other end equipment are getting smarter with wireless connectivity. Wireless connectivity offers features such as authentication, tracking, intelligent inventory management, immediate fault reporting, and status about battery condition and total operating duration. Wireless connectivity also enables online configuration of control parameters and firmware updates. The...
  • MSP Low-Power Plays
    • Jun 6, 2018

    Get more signal chain from your MCU in factory automation applications

    As factories become increasingly smarter, so does the technology used to create the sensors, automation and equipment that controls and monitors these installations. Microcontrollers (MCUs) need to quickly and efficiently adapt to different types of sensing and measurement applications, especially those involving the sensing of light, humidity, temperature, power current, carbon monoxide, and many other conditions or...
  • Think. Innovate
    • Jun 5, 2018

    Young scholar aspires to improve the lives of others through the power of knowledge

    Smriti Natarajan once dreamed of being accepted into the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry so she could concoct potions and learn charms to improve the lives of others. She’s now a high school senior and headed to the University of Te...
  • Behind the Wheel
    • Jun 4, 2018

    Where we’re going with the connected car

    From the startups in Silicon Valley to the established original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) in Germany, drivers and car enthusiasts everywhere are wondering what the future holds for the connected car. How will it change our daily commute? When wi...
  • Analog Wire
    • Jun 4, 2018

    Smart speakers don’t have to sound as small as they are

    Smart speakers are ingeniously helpful devices, providing weather reports, ordering food or playing a favorite song. As consumers find more ways to use virtual assistants, these devices are being added to more rooms, and the size of the device is shrinking to make them less conspicuous. Unfortunately, there is a direct relationship between speaker size and output power. As smart speaker form factors shrink, so does...
  • Enlightened: The TI DLP® Blog
    • Jun 1, 2018

    Using the DLP® LightCrafter™ Display 2000 EVM with embedded Linux host processors

    The DLP® LightCrafter™ Display 2000 evaluation module (EVM) is a robust entry-level platform that enables users to evaluate and prototype DLP technology in applications such as smart home displays, head-up displays (HUDs) and pico projection. Unlike previous DLP technology EVM offerings, the LightCrafter Display 2000 EVM is compatible with a variety of embedded host processors to enable easier prototyping...
  • Behind the Wheel
    • May 31, 2018

    How to use temperature sensors to protect an automotive transmission

    This blog post was co-authored by Jeff Craig. The automotive industry is rapidly introducing new technologies as automotive manufacturers seek to provide consumers vehicles with improved convenience, comfort, performance and fuel economy. The...
  • Industrial Strength
    • May 31, 2018

    Light that freezes motion – insight into a LED lighting control design for machine vision

    Photographers will always have the artistic license to claim that motion blur was their intention. But machine vision use cases such as imaging-based automatic inspection, quality control and code reading in factory automation and logistics require ultimate sharpness of any acquired images. Machine vision – not a task for still life photographers It’s not a question whether there is motion or not; there...
  • Power House
    • May 30, 2018

    How to achieve higher system robustness in DC drives, part 2: interlock and deadtime

    While commuting to work, waiting for a traffic light I noticed the green and red light sequence that prevents traffic flow conflicts, or crashes. The crossing traffic directions are out of sequence to ensure safe driving. Also the yellow gives a little extra time to ensure everything runs smoothly. In a half bridge power train, such as in DC drives, it is important to make sure there are no timing conflicts between...
  • Power House
    • May 29, 2018

    Why you need a programmable lighting engine when designing LED driver circuit

    Advanced light-emitting diode (LED) animation effects like “deep breathing” and “color chasing” are becoming increasingly popular. However, a common issue designers’ face is that the microcontroller (MCU) is overloaded b...
  • Industrial Strength
    • May 24, 2018

    Diagnostic software helps meet safety requirements in MCU designs

    C2000™ microcontrollers (MCUs) come with a variety of collaterals that can help you develop functionally safe systems that can comply with a wide range of standards for end products in automotive, appliance and industrial applications. Examples include electric vehicle onboard chargers, gas furnaces and industrial servo motor drives. The new C2000 SafeTI™ Diagnostic Software Library for the Piccolo™...
  • Analog Wire
    • May 24, 2018

    How much loading can an auto-polarity RS-485 bus support?

    The RS-485 interface is popular because of its robustness; the use of differential signaling effectively rejects common-mode noise on the bus. To make the communication work, the transceiver and receiver have to match the pins: A to A and B to B. In ...
  • Power House
    • May 24, 2018

    Boosting efficiency for your solar inverter designs

    With summer upon us here in the U.S., I’m already thinking about beach days and poolside BBQs. Growing up in South Florida and currently living in Texas, I’m very familiar with hot and sunny days. Similarly, I’ve gotten used to rece...
  • Power House
    • May 23, 2018

    Optimizing solar power with battery chargers

    As solar-powered devices become more portable and interconnected, rechargeable batteries eliminate the need for AC adapter input power and take advantage of the abundant energy from the sun. For example, devices such as e-bikes and Internet Protocol network cameras spend most of their time outside and away from power outlets, making solar charging critical for system operation. Likewise, solar-charging technology enables...
  • ConnecTIng Wirelessly
    • May 23, 2018

    FreeWave brings IoT to the oil field using TI’s SimpleLink CC13xx and Sitara AM335x devices with Amazon Web Services

    Oil production fields have a large number of wellheads scattered over a wide area. These wellheads require regular monitoring to ensure that the equipment is in good working order and to avoid the potential for breakdowns or oil spills. Traditionally...