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  • Fully Charged
    • Jul 2, 2015

    The importance of battery management for eCall systems

    While no one wants to be in a car accident, it’s nice to know that an emergency infrastructure exists when one happens. As of April 1, 2018 , any car purchased in the European Union (EU) or Iceland will have the ability to call 112 (the EU equivalent of 911) for emergency-response purposes. The emergency call (eCall) system will contact an emergency-response operator, who will then receive the car’s position...
  • Analog Wire
    • Jul 2, 2015

    Two parameters to consider when selecting ESD protection diodes for HDMI 2.0

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  • Think. Innovate
    • Jul 2, 2015

    Integrity: Our cornerstone from the beginning – An open letter from CEO Rich Templeton

    Recently, Rich Templeton, TI chairman, president and CEO, wrote the following open letter to the more than 30,000 TIers in 35 countries around the globe. At TI, our foundational belief in doing the right thing is woven throughout the fabric of our history. It started in the 1930s and 1940s with four founders – J. Erik Jonsson, Cecil Green, Eugene McDermott and Patrick Haggerty – who valued doing business...
  • Enlightened: The TI DLP® Blog
    • Jul 1, 2015

    Create up to 70-inch 1080p “screenless displays” from compact devices utilizing TI DLP® Pico™ projection technology

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  • Power House
    • Jul 1, 2015

    Remembering Dave Freeman

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  • Behind the Wheel
    • Jul 1, 2015

    Split-rail converters reduce BOM size and cost in new automotive displays

    Designing for >5-inch automotive LCD displays can be very complicated. The display source driver requires a supply rail called an analog voltage device drain (AVDD) ranging from 10V to 15V and two supply rails for the gate driver (VGH and VGL). In many situations, you can use an LCD bias power supply such as the TPS65150-Q1 , an automotive LCD/ display-bias solution for infotainment or cluster displays that greatly...
  • Power House
    • Jul 1, 2015

    Are you accurately measuring the picosecond rise time of your GaN device?

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  • University Program
    • Jun 30, 2015

    IEEE Jack Kilby award celebrates professor's innovation

    TI is proud to sponsor one of the most prestigious honors in the IEEE Society, a medal award. Established in 1995 and named for inventor, leader, TI-er and Nobel Prize winner, Jack S. Kilby, the IEEE Jack S. Kilby Signal Processing Medal&n...
  • On the Grid
    • Jun 30, 2015

    Enabling long life in dual-coin cell powered meters

    Many smart meters are powered by two coin-cell batteries connected in series; after all, two batteries give twice as much battery life as a single battery. The second battery provides the energy required to meet the greater-than-10-year runtime between battery replacements that the industry requires. Unfortunately, two batteries also give twice the voltage, which is harder to convert down even with the latest in ultra...
  • Think. Innovate
    • Jun 30, 2015

    VIDEO: TIers bring kids to work, sparking an interest in STEM

    From hands-on programming activities to controlling robots to drawing prototypes of what they would invent, the daughters and sons of TIers recently enjoyed an exciting day with their parents at work. As an engineer by education and the leader of our Embedded Processing business unit, I understand our future as a company depends on building the pipeline of talent to continue delivering innovations that set our company...
  • Motor Drive & Control
    • Jun 30, 2015

    Simplifying gate driver design for brushed DC motors

    Are you looking to drive a simple brushed DC motor? Do you need to use discrete MOSFETs to drive a bunch of current through a giant brushed motor with little time for development? When you grab an off-the-shelf gate driver, you always see a diagram like Figure 1: just choose two resistors and you’re (theoretically) good to go. Figure 1: A hypothetical gate-driver schematic There’s just one...
  • Fully Charged
    • Jun 29, 2015

    Advanced charging features extend battery run time for wearables

    The battle of the smartwatches has brought everyone’s attention to wearables again. In almost every review and technical comparison, the one thing that came up the most was battery runtime. No matter how many fancy features a smart watch has, they are useless if the battery is dead. The battery runtime is affected by various factors including battery capacity, power consumption of the PCB components, user habits...
  • Power House
    • Jun 29, 2015

    Understanding MOSFET data sheets, Part 4 - Pulsed Current Ratings

    Welcome back, fellow FET enthusiasts to part four of the " Understanding MOSFET Data Sheets " blog series! Today I’ll be talking about pulsed current ratings, how they are calculated, and how they are represented in the safe operating a...
  • ConnecTIng Wirelessly
    • Jun 29, 2015

    Program your SimpleLink CC2650 SensorTag with cloud-based development tools

    TI's suite of cloud-based software development tools now support the SimpleLink™ CC2650 SensorTag . By visiting dev.ti.com you can access TI's cloud-based development tool portfolio including Resource Explorer and Code Composer Studio™ Cloud integrated development environment (IDE). Use Resource Explorer to browse through available documentation and examples. I recommend starting with the Bluetooth...
  • Fully Charged
    • Jun 26, 2015

    Low-power software development increases battery life

    Battery innovation is not moving as fast as other technological advantages. With battery capacity doubling every 10 years and processing requirements increasing much quicker, developers are faced with difficult challenges. When building a battery-powered system, product developers often create efficient hardware systems only to see much higher power consumption than expected. In embedded systems optimization, hardware...
  • The Process
    • Jun 26, 2015

    “Swiss Army Knife” of audio codecs

    Free TI Design and Optimized Codec available from TI If you were to mention Opus to someone, the first thing that may come to mind is a penguin character from a popular comic strip, or even a set of musical compositions. But the ‘Opus’ th...
  • ConnecTIng Wirelessly
    • Jun 26, 2015

    Selecting the right processor: WiLink 8 plug and play platforms

    With all of the processors and platforms available today, deciding which evaluation board to develop with can be daunting. We’re hoping to ease this process with our WiLink™ 8 plug and play platform guide. TI makes it easy to start evaluating our WiLink 8 Wi-Fi® and Bluetooth® combo-connectivity solutions with a range of different platforms to fit your design needs. The descriptions below will help...
  • Motor Drive & Control
    • Jun 26, 2015

    Motor start-up techniques: Part three

    I have discussed sensorless motor start-up with our InstaSPIN-FOC™ technology in part one of this series, followed by a discussion of how to generate sufficient torque at start up and maximize it while spinning your motor in part 2. In this third and final part of the series, I’ll explain how to address some challenges in applications that may have highly dynamic loads up to 100 percent or rated torque output...
  • Fully Charged
    • Jun 26, 2015

    USB Type-C for mobile phones: Changing the way phones connect, one flip at a time

    Will mobile phone designers adopt all of the available features in the universal serial bus (USB) Type-C TM specification? Probably not. They’ll weigh their options against the impact on overall product cost. The new USB Type-C interface comes with ultra-thin connectors that are less than 3mm high and 8.4mm wide, making it ideal for mobile phones. USB Type-C offers a cable-and-plug assembly that is “flippable”...
  • Behind the Wheel
    • Jun 25, 2015

    Four considerations when choosing a sensing solution for liquid-level measurement

    Let’s say you need to measure the level of a liquid in a tank: perhaps it’s for an automotive gas tank, wiper-washer fluid tank or engine coolant tank. Possible solutions include traditional mechanical or electronic sensing devices. If yo...
  • Precision Hub
    • Jun 25, 2015

    Four ways to improve your ADC system power supply rejection

    OK so power supplies are important – what more can I do? My previous post explained the impact that power supply variation and noise can have on analog-to-digital converter (ADC) performance. Thankfully, your data acquisition systems are not do...
  • Enlightened: The TI DLP® Blog
    • Jun 25, 2015

    Autodesk’s Ember…the story behind the technology

    Autodesk brings its Ember 3D printer to market with help from TI DLP® technology -- you can see it below When we take Ember to a show or event, it seems to attract its fair share of attention and raise questions that we love to answer. From, “Wait, Autodesk is making hardware?” to “What is the resolution,” or "What is it doing?” and “Why did you start here?”...
  • University Program
    • Jun 25, 2015

    Enhance your university courses with hands-on LaunchPad MOOC resources

    Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) are gaining traction with university students and professors, especially in countries where equivalent academic programs may not be available. The resources available from online courses are not only being utilized by individual students and faculty honing their skills but also by entire university classrooms. Such is proving to be the case with “Embedded Systems – Shape...
  • Think. Innovate
    • Jun 25, 2015

    A small and innovative solution for big machinery

    Some of our most inventive products emerge from solving a specific customer problem. That is exactly what prompted the development of the PGA900 signal conditioner – a product released this week. In late 2012, a customer came to us with a problem. Their heavy machinery, such as forklifts and bulldozers, required the customer to replace hydraulic pressure measuring equipment, including the signal conditioner,...
  • On the Grid
    • Jun 25, 2015

    Glimpse into the Electrical Grid – Part 1: Introduction

    Ever wonder how electricity gets to your home? The electricity generation, transmission, distribution and control networks make up the electrical grid. Electric power transmission is bulk transfer of electrical energy from generating power plants to ...