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  • Think. Innovate
    • Apr 25, 2017

    Portraits of success: Lancaster school district helps students realize STEM success

    When you ask Trevor Johnson what he wants to be when he grows up, the answer is simple: A “world-changer.” How will he change the world? Through electrical engineering, he says. The soon-to-graduate senior at Lancaster High School near Da...
  • Power House
    • Apr 24, 2017

    Small and efficient power supply for the Altera™ MAX® 10 FPGA

    Are you designing with Altera’s™ MAX® 10 FPGA? If so, you probably just want a small, efficient and proven power solution without having to devote much thought or design time to it. The power supply should be simple and small enough to fit on a fraction of your printed circuit board (PCB) and efficient enough to not require heat sinks or dominate your system’s thermal budget. But most importantly...
  • Analog Wire
    • Apr 24, 2017

    Quick fixes to common I2C headaches

    If you’ve ever programmed anything in your life, you know the feeling of relief that comes with writing your code and having it work with no errors on your first try. Back in the days of Computer Science 101, this was much more feasible. Unfort...
  • Industrial Strength
    • Apr 21, 2017

    Industrial Communications: CAN you do IEC 61131-3 PLC programming with BeagleBone?

    Factory automation and control applications used the Controller Area Network (CAN) and CANopen protocols as field buses long before the invention of industrial Ethernet. When used as a communication field bus, these protocols connect the programmable logic controller (PLC) to digital input/outputs (I/Os), motor drives, sensors and actuators. Bosch developed CAN in 1983. Its initial use case was the communication bus...
  • Power House
    • Apr 21, 2017

    Design competitive USB OTG power supply

    Universal Serial Bus or “USB” has been around for a long time; at the very beginning, USB had exclusive primary and secondary hosts. The primary data transmission was mainly from the PC and the secondary transmission was to mobile phones, mice or keyboards. With the development of consumer electronics, however, the demand for data transmission from the smartphone to the USB drive, tablets to smartphones and...
  • ConnecTIng Wirelessly
    • Apr 21, 2017

    Designing a reliable grid edge for distributed energy resources

    The smart grid today has pushed utilities to their limit. With the emergence of distributed energy resources (DER) and atypical loads, the operation and construction of the power grid needs revamping. The current approach for solving these challenges is based on a centralized architecture: deploy connected devices, communicate with the cloud, then have utilities make requests to those various clouds. But this method presents...
  • Precision Hub
    • Apr 21, 2017

    Zero out your system error with zero drift, zero crossover and zero hassle

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  • Enlightened: The TI DLP® Blog
    • Apr 20, 2017

    Laser focus on the future of TV

    One thing that never seems to change is that technology continues to evolve. There is always the next big thing. When I think about traditional TVs, I wonder, what’s next? Everyone wants a big screen TV but when do they become so big that they are not manageable and too hard to move? The answer to both of these questions very well could be Laser TV. Laser TVs are growing in popularity due to their flexibility...
  • ConnecTIng Wirelessly
    • Apr 19, 2017

    Simplified software development with TI’s CC2640R2F wireless MCU

    It’s called a SimpleLink™ microcontroller (MCU), but is it really simple to use? The answer is yes. The CC2640R2F is part of the SimpleLink MCU platform, which fosters unified software development with rich documentation and fast evaluation in a cloud-based integrated development environment (IDE). Building on that foundation, a plethora of sample applications make Bluetooth® low energy software development...
  • Analog Wire
    • Apr 18, 2017

    Three reasons why a bidirectional I/O will simplify your next 4K video design

    As 4K video becomes the norm for the professional video industry, high-quality serial digital interface (SDI) components and meticulous board layout are imperative for a high-performance end product. In addition, flexibility, scalability and cost savings are necessary to maximize design reuse, whether you are looking to expand your 12G product portfolio or aiming to transition from 3G-SDI to 12G-SDI. A bidirectional...
  • MSP Low-Power Plays
    • Apr 18, 2017

    Step 4 to building a smart thermostat using an MCU – adding HMI

    Co-authored by Bhargavi Nisarga , Systems Engineer at TI Why HMI? - Adding the interface In our first three blog posts we helped you to get started with a smart thermostat application. By now, you should be able to sample the temperature data po...
  • Think. Innovate
    • Apr 18, 2017

    It’s easier being green: Innovations in circuit-level power design create a conduit to more energy efficiency

    You’ve probably felt a twinge when you see them: the small red power light on your high-definition television or the phone charger you forgot to unplug. You know the vampire current is sucking just a little electricity and that your carbon foot...
  • Industrial Strength
    • Apr 17, 2017

    Moving to the next level of factory automation

    My last post on robotics was all about which types of robots exist and how they are different. To quickly recap: Industrial robots are normally fixed to a position and designed to perform repetitive tasks quickly and with high accuracy. They are controlled by a robot controller placed in the base of, or next to, a robot arm. Collaborative robots are a subgroup of industrial robots designed to interact with humans...
  • ConnecTIng Wirelessly
    • Apr 14, 2017

    Latest Energia version brings Arduino-compatible APIs to the SimpleLink™ MCU platform

    Energia is a TI and community-driven software framework integrated development environment (IDE) that provides Wiring/Arduino-compatible application program interfaces (APIs) to various TI microcontrollers (MCUs), including those found in the newly expanded SimpleLink™ platform. By adopting the Wiring/Arduino framework, you can leverage a large base of community-developed examples and projects with TI MCUs. The...
  • Power House
    • Apr 13, 2017

    Design advantage of D-CAP control topology

    Texas Instruments first implemented the D-CAP™ control topology in 2004 on a double-data-rate (DDR) controller, the TPS51116 . TI developed D-CAP technology as a form of current-mode control using the output capacitor equivalent series resistance (ESR) as the sense element. The name “D-CAP” refers to the current information that’s d irectly sensed across the output capacitors. The first D-CAP...
  • Behind the Wheel
    • Apr 13, 2017

    Understanding flap actuators and what drives them in automotive HVAC systems

    Whether it’s hot or cold outside, passengers inside a car are comfortable thanks to automotive heating and cooling systems. These heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems vary in complexity and level of automation depending on the vehicle class. While an economy car requires that a driver manually turn knobs to control the temperature, a higher-end vehicle uses sensors to automatically control not...
  • University Program
    • Apr 13, 2017

    How to build a microcontroller robot

    This tutorial is designed to help those looking to build a basic microcontroller robot using off the shelf components. Learn how to build and program an MSP430™ MCU LaunchPad™ development kit plus Sub-1 GHz RF CC110L BoosterPack plu...
  • ConnecTIng Wirelessly
    • Apr 12, 2017

    SimpleLink™ MCU SDKs: Breaking down TI Drivers

    Welcome to the first installment in a series of blog posts that will review the major components of the SimpleLink™ microcontroller (MCU) platform’s software development kits (SDKs). These SDKs feature common components and device-specific middleware that speed time to market and provide a unified development experience across the entire SimpleLink MCU portfolio of wired and wireless devices. One of the...
  • Power House
    • Apr 11, 2017

    The effects of gate-driver strength in synchronous buck converters

    The peak voltage at phase node, VPH, in a synchronous buck converter is one of the main specifications to determine converter reliability. Designers usually allow phase-node ringing to be as much as 85% to 90% of the MOSFET data sheet’s absolut...
  • Industrial Strength
    • Apr 11, 2017

    Smart sensing with ultra-low-power MCUs – part 2: smart fault indicators

    Now that we’ve discussed smart sensing in relation to glass break detector , in part two of this series, I’ll discuss another type of application: fault indicators. A fault indicator is a device widely used in electric power distribution networks on overhead lines and underground cables to detect and indicate fault conditions. At the bottom of a fault indicator installed on an overhead power line is a light...
  • Power House
    • Apr 10, 2017

    A handy tool for power-supply designs

    Versatility is a good thing. You probably have one of those tools in your toolbox – probably not advertised as such, but something that just ended up being good for everything from prying and bending, to loosening stuff. You reach for that tool repeatedly because you’re comfortable with it and you know that it’s going to do the job. Design engineers are no different when designing circuits. They all...
  • Think. Innovate
    • Apr 10, 2017

    Peter Balyta: 'We must act; STEM skills are survival skills for students today'

    In Peter Balyta’s unique role as president of Education Technology and vice president of academic engagements and corporate citizenship, he interacts with students and educators at all levels. In this “Inspire STEM” series, he addre...
  • Analog Wire
    • Apr 10, 2017

    TI resolver interface offers integration benefits in industrial drives and HEV/EV

    Many motor-drive applications (see Figure 1) typically need a position/speed feedback loop to ensure efficient system performance. For users to meet their accuracy needs there are many different technologies for position/speed sensing on the market today. In this blog post, I’ll discuss one of these technologies – the resolver sensor – as well as its related applications. Figure 1: Basic schematic...
  • Power House
    • Apr 7, 2017

    Managing power scaling and sequencing the analog way

    With the emergence of Internet of Things (IOT) applications , more and more application-specific integrated circuits (ASICs) and field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) are being deployed into cloud computing and server system applications. These high-performance end applications demand higher processing power and ever-increasing clock speeds. Voltage and power-scaling technologies have enabled very powerful and versatile...
  • ConnecTIng Wirelessly
    • Apr 7, 2017

    Well-pad automation through the CC1310 wireless MCU

    Oil companies use high-tech radios to automate production sites in cool new ways. Competition in oil production can get pretty ugly, especially when the price of oil is low, as it has been for the past several years. To stay competitive against big players, smaller regional oil and gas companies are turning to well-pad automation practices to keep their costs low and their production reliable and steady. What is well...