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  • Power House
    • Apr 29, 2016

    Keep it simple with an LDO regulator

    Living and working in Asia exposes me to a wide variety of interesting support questions. For example, I was recently asked if TI had a cross-device to an LDO controller. This controller is in a small-outline transistor (SOT)-236 package that takes up a 3mm-by-3mm area on the printed circuit board (PCB). Figure 1 shows the recommended schematic for the controller. Figure 1: Simple LDO controller On the surface,...
  • Precision Hub
    • Apr 29, 2016

    It's in the math: how to convert an ADC code to a voltage (part 2)

    In part 1 of this series , I explained how you can calculate the input voltage to an analog-to-digital converter (ADC) by multiplying the ADC’s output code by the least-significant bit (LSB) size using Equation 1: To calculate the ADC’s LSB size, we used Equation 2: Now that you know how to calculate the input voltage from the output code, let’s look at a few common application examples that...
  • Enlightened: The TI DLP® Blog
    • Apr 28, 2016

    Designing for tomorrow, today: How advanced light control changes the game across industries

    Today, the range of applications and markets where advanced light control technology helps solve complex engineering problems is incredibly broad. This wasn’t always the case. Back in the late 1980s, the digital micromirror device (DMD) technology we invented was still in its infancy. Ideas like 4K digital movie projection or 3D industrial printing using DLP chips were equipment yet to be invented. Over...
  • Think. Innovate
    • Apr 28, 2016

    Striking white gold: Bavarian farm uses smart agriculture to accelerate asparagus season

    The delicate flavor of white asparagus signals that spring has come to Bavaria – much like bluebonnets herald the spring in Texas. This year, the asparagus season – or Spargelzeit – came four weeks early in Germany thanks to a smart...
  • Power House
    • Apr 28, 2016

    Charge it up with charge pumps – Part 4

    To conclude this short series on charge pumps, I’d like to give you a few circuit ideas, to get you thinking about a basic charge-pump circuit as a building block adaptable to a wide range of applications. If your application needs a nonstandard solution, there’s a good chance you can cobble it together from a few simple components. Each stage of a charge pump increases the output voltage by approximately...
  • University Program
    • Apr 28, 2016

    Teens & university students share expertise in TI Lab

    On any given afternoon, if you were to take a peek into the TI Innovation Lab at the University of Central Florida (UCF), you would find a unique pairing of high school students collaborating with college students in a peer-to-peer setting. You woul...
  • Analog Wire
    • Apr 28, 2016

    The secret of using noise to improve your ADC’s performance

    Have you ever found an analog-to-digital converter (ADC) for your application and later realized that you needed higher effective resolution? If you have noise in your system or can add noise to your ADC input signal, you may be in luck. Oversampling the signal can increase the effective number of bits (ENOB) of resolution for the ADC, but this requires the presence of noise. In some cases, however, you can intentionally...
  • Power House
    • Apr 27, 2016

    Digitally select your reference voltage

    Adjustable voltage references offer great flexibility to circuit designers because the reference is not limited to the manufacturer’s pre-set values. The adjustable output is typically configured with a voltage divider from the output to the fe...
  • Analog Wire
    • Apr 27, 2016

    Three steps to select a protection diode to protect high-speed interfaces from ESD strikes

    USB and High-Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) have had an overhaul in the last three years that increased the data rate and throughput of these protocols. Data rates have grown to 6Gbps for HDMI 2.0 and 10Gbps for USB Type-C USB 3.1 Gen 2. This...
  • Power House
    • Apr 26, 2016

    From blue light to green power

    Whizzing across the Japanese countryside at 300kph, my colleague Tomomasa Emoto and I arrived at Nagoya station by Shinkansen. Nagoya is home to famous Shintō shrines and castles, but that is not why we were there. We had the pleasure of visiting Professor Hiroshi Amano at Nagoya University. Amano-sensei won the 2014 Nobel Prize in physics, along with Isamu Akasaki and Shuji Nakamura, for the invention of efficient blue...
  • Industrial Strength
    • Apr 26, 2016

    Engineers do better than magicians: HMI touch through a thick glass

    Giovanni Campanella and Matthieu Chevrier co-authored this post. Magic tricks are great for impressing friends and family; they just don’t tend to contribute to innovation among our industrial customers. Even so, a t TI we have developed what sounds like a magic trick: a way to put a human hand “through” thick glass. In process plants, operators interact daily with explosion-proof displays/controllers...
  • Motor Drive & Control
    • Apr 26, 2016

    Accelerate to higher performance

    Engineers designing real-time control systems are constantly faced with the challenge of optimizing performance. These systems require minimal latency where the time delay between sampling, processing, and outputting must fit within a tight time window in order to meet the performance specifications. At the heart of the control systems are math intensive algorithms which are used to calculate the control signals. Utilizing...
  • Think. Innovate
    • Apr 25, 2016

    Envision what’s next with high-voltage GaN

    Imagine a world where we won’t need to build as many power plants to keep pace with skyrocketing digital demands. A world where industrial, enterprise-computing, telecom and renewable-energy systems operate significantly faster and more effici...
  • Power House
    • Apr 25, 2016

    DC/DC converter datasheets – System losses demystified

    Welcome back to the DC/DC converter datasheets series. Whereas in the last installment I covered system efficiency , in this installment I will discuss DC/DC regulator component switching losses, starting with what was Figure 3 in part 1 (Figure 1 here): the image of the V DS and I D curve against time. Figure 1: Switching losses Let’s first look at the switching losses in the integrated high-side MOSFET...
  • Tools Insider
    • Apr 25, 2016

    5 Code Composer Studio tricks that even Ki-Soo Lee himself doesn't know

    Guest blog authored by Jan Cumps in celebration of Ki-Soo Lee Day Monday, April 25th. #KiSooLeeDay 1. Use the Git plug-in Software geeks have known it forever that version control is your friend. And this friend is available to firmware gu...
  • Industrial Strength
    • Apr 25, 2016

    Control-level design challenges in smart factory automation systems

    Factory automation systems designed for Industry 4.0 typically contain three main levels of equipment that drive real-time communications and control: The field level where I/O modules, actuators, and drives are engaged in the physical operation of the factory, The control level where PLCs or CNCs collect information from and issue commands to the field level, The operator level where HMI devices communicate...
  • MSP Low-Power Plays
    • Apr 25, 2016

    Did you know inductive proximity sensing can be implemented with a single chip?

    Inductive proximity sensors can be used for contactless detection of metal in close proximity to an LC sensor. These inductive sensing solutions can enable presence detection and task counting in factory assembly lines without influence from no...
  • Motor Drive & Control
    • Apr 22, 2016

    How to detect insulation failures in electrical equipment – part 1

    Insulation deterioration is one of the primary causes of electrical-equipment failure in motors, high-voltage transformers and generators. Insulation failure can cause dangerous voltages, fires, high-fault currents and explosions, damage to equipment and property, personal injury, and fatal accidents. The main causes of insulation failure are dielectric contamination, temperature cycling, excessive overloads, excessive...
  • Think. Innovate
    • Apr 22, 2016

    Scrap silicon sees bright future as upcycled solar panels

    On Earth Day, we’re reminded of the importance of caring for our planet by recycling. But what if you could do more than recycle? What if you could give your trash a second life? At TI, we not only recycle 90 percent of our waste, we upcycle s...
  • Behind the Wheel
    • Apr 22, 2016

    How does the eCall system work?

    Many government regulators have considered requiring emergency call (eCall) systems in automobiles. An eCall system will automatically contact emergency responders in the event of a serious road accident, send GPS coordinates to local emergency services, and wirelessly send airbag-deployment and impact-sensor information. According to the European Commission, eCall will greatly diminish emergency-service response times...
  • Fully Charged
    • Apr 22, 2016

    Eliminate multistage architecture and improve industrial PC system efficiency

    When designing industrial PCs, one question that puzzles system engineers is how to improve system efficiency. PC applications use a complex quad core or octa-core processor like the Sitara™ AM57x or Intel’s Apollo Lake or Braswell processor. The power for these processors runs off a 5V bus supply. Most systems use a multistage architecture to drive power from 19V, or a 12V adapter to a 5V bus. In this type...
  • Analog Wire
    • Apr 21, 2016

    Fiber in industrial applications

    Ethernet has propagated from the traditional office environment into a wide range of areas, including harsh industrial environments like factory and building automation. Today, copper cabling is the most common option for Ethernet, but fiber-optic cabling is increasingly finding success in industrial applications because of its long-distance capabilities, along with the numerous advantages of an electrically isolated...
  • Industrial Strength
    • Apr 21, 2016

    How to protect your EPOS processor from short-circuits in 9V USB charging

    This post is co-authored by Matthew Xiong . Portable electronic point-of-sale ( EPOS ) devices are becoming more and more popular worldwide. Portable EPOS devices, unlike traditional countertop devices, have a finite battery life and need constant recharging via USB interface or some other connector. Since fast charging technologies are gaining a lot of traction in the portable electronics market, it is likely that...
  • Industrial Strength
    • Apr 19, 2016

    Can automotive-qualified ICs be used in industrial applications?

    Have you ever considered using automotive-qualified components for industrial applications? Many industrial sectors such as building automation, factory automation and control, motor drives, white goods, space, defense, and avionics are starting to use automotive-qualified devices, denoted by “-Q1” in the part number. In this post, I’ll talk about why industrial designers are turning to automotive-qualified...
  • Power House
    • Apr 19, 2016

    Have you been had? Check the stated vs. actual current limit

    TI’s SIMPLE SWITCHER® LM257x and LM259x regulators have been a popular choice for direct current (DC)/DC buck regulation for over 20 years. Due to their popularity, a number of manufacturers have created similar products that seem to mirror SIMPLE SWITCHER products, yet they may not. Here’s what to look for when you are choosing between seemingly identical products. Other manufacturers have created...