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  • Analog Wire
    • Jan 17, 2017

    Inductive sensing: reliably detect faults in circuit breakers using contactless inductive switches

    In my last blog post , I discussed how to use inductive switches for proximity applications. In this post, I want to discuss how to use inductive switches in slide switch applications to make circuit breakers more reliable. Circuit breakers typically ...
  • Power House
    • Jan 12, 2017

    How to overcome minimum on-time challenges in switching power supplies

    In switching power supplies such as a buck converter, the duty cycle controls the output voltage with respect to the input voltage. While a higher switching frequency is great for reducing the solution size by enabling the use of a small inductor, there is a minimum on-time that must be satisfied in order for the switching power supply to function properly. In other words, the high-side FET must be turned on for a certain...
  • University Program
    • Jan 12, 2017

    Students change the world with 3 innovative projects

    As technology continues to evolve and advance, students across the globe are stepping up to push the boundaries on what’s possible to make modern solutions more efficient and accurate. Not only do these students ideate and create; they’re now preparing to take their products to market as emerging entrepreneurs. Three projects from groups of students at three different universities excelled in pushing the boundaries...
  • Analog Wire
    • Jan 12, 2017

    Explore the non-speed-related benefits of CAN FD

    Most discussions about Controller Area Network with Flexible Data-Rate (CAN FD) invariably revolve around its most distinctive feature – increased speed. Naturally, this leads to the assumption that if you don’t need the speed, then you don’t need FD. But that is not always true! Join me as I take a look at a couple of the lesser-known features of CAN FD that some applications, such as Flash programming...
  • Industrial Strength
    • Jan 11, 2017

    How to design with isolated LVDS in your industrial system

    Isolation, as you know, is used in a wide variety of applications: to protect human operators and low-voltage circuitry from high voltages, to improve robustness to noise, and to handle ground potential differences between communicating subsystems. A myriad of isolation products exist in the market: digital isolators, isolated controller area network (CAN) and RS-485 transceivers, isolated amplifiers and modulators, isolated...
  • Power House
    • Jan 11, 2017

    Integrated power devices simplify FPGA and SoC designs

    Industrial electronics are trending toward smaller board sizes, sleeker form factors and more cost-effectiveness. Due to these trends, electronic system designers must reduce the size and cost of printed circuit boards (PCBs). Industrial systems using field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) and system on chips (SoCs) require multiple power rails while being challenged with small size and low cost. An integrated flexible...
  • Power House
    • Jan 11, 2017

    What is a watchdog timer and why is it important?

    Much like a small, yappy dog that lives in a celebrity’s purse, watchdog timers are often considered unnecessary or excessive. To equate the two, how ever, would do a great disservice to the watchdog. Unlike “purse dogs,” watchdogs add critical monitoring features that allow you to internally and externally monitor your system for failure and take action should that happen. Just what is a watchdog...
  • Fully Charged
    • Jan 10, 2017

    How do you detect battery aging in rarely discharged applications?

    Battery packs are used in the products that we depend on daily. Many of our portable devices such as our cell phones, our watches and our tablet computers are constantly at our sides and running on batteries. Consequently, their batteries discharge throughout the day and we have to recharge them every one to two days. We assume that the gauges in these products are accurate and will not leave us stranded between charges...
  • Analog Wire
    • Jan 10, 2017

    Don’t let bad reference signals destroy the phase noise in your PLL/synthesizer

    “You are what you eat” is a commonly heard saying that recommends the careful selection of food, given its ability to directly affect our health and well-being. Although not an exact comparison, the concept applies if you think of your input reference signal as the food, ingested by the phase-locked loop (PLL)/synthesizer, which affects the well-being of the PLL/synthesizer, as evident in the output phase...
  • Think. Innovate
    • Jan 10, 2017

    DIY with TI: Maker lights up smart home innovations

    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. One need not look far to find evidence of J...
  • Motor Drive & Control
    • Jan 9, 2017

    The story of motor-drive integration

    Just like every MOSFET needs a gate driver to switch it, there’s always a driving force behind each motor. Depending on the complexity level and the system’s cost, size and performance requirements, there are different ways to drive motors. The most simple and discrete solution is a totem-pole/push-pull circuit consisting of two transistors. These transistors, which can be different combinations of NPN...
  • Behind the Wheel
    • Jan 6, 2017

    Four tech trends that improve the driver experience

    According to a survey by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, adult drivers spend up to 58 minutes a day in their cars. So it’s no surprise that with all that time spent commuting to work or stuck in traffic, drivers want the most enjoyable i...
  • ConnecTIng Wirelessly
    • Jan 5, 2017

    How FeiBit uses TI ZigBee® technology to bring the IoT into the home

    We continue to see a surge of home automation devices which are intended to make our homes “smarter” and more efficient. Today ZigBee® technology is the industry’s leading global wireless standard used to help create a smarter home that enhances the comfort, convenience, security and energy management for the home. ZigBee provides the ability to remotely control lights, access to a door lock without...
  • Enlightened: The TI DLP® Blog
    • Jan 5, 2017

    Driving the future of head-up display (HUD) with augmented reality (AR)

    Navigating the future of head-up displays (HUD) for vehicles may sound like a lot of acronyms and buzzwords, but this display technology has huge potential for adoption in the coming years. IHS Automotive predicts worldwide sales of HUD-equipped vehicles to grow from 1.2 million in 2012 to 9.1 million by 2020 – and that’s not taking into account aftermarket HUD solutions for consumers to use in their existing...
  • Behind the Wheel
    • Jan 5, 2017

    TDA ADAS solutions enable a safer driver experience

    Our TDAx family of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) processors enables automotive OEMs to provide a safer driving experience for drivers worldwide. See some of the different applications that the TDA family enables. Stay tuned because ...
  • Industrial Strength
    • Jan 4, 2017

    IoT is making buildings greener and more intelligent. Value versus affordability

    At a basic level a building -- whether it was a primitive shelter or a modern steel and glass structure -- is expected to provide a comfortable space for its occupants inside. The Internet of Things (IoT) transforms buildings from just being a ‘container’ for its occupants to being more cognitive and thus helping the occupants be more productive while minimizing the operational cost as well as environmental...
  • ConnecTIng Wirelessly
    • Jan 4, 2017

    Airthings Wave uses TI technology to detect radon gas and more

    Radon gas is the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers. According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Centers for Disease Control and Protection (CDC), Radon exposure claims the lives of approximately 21,000 Americans each year, which is more than six times the number of deaths attributed annually to house fires and carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning combined. Radon levels fluctuate daily...
  • Think. Innovate
    • Jan 3, 2017

    Business-savvy CIO focuses on company growth, stays true to self

    The role of CIO in organizations is evolving from its early definition as a deep technologist who works behind the scenes to a leader with a depth of operations experience and an ability to build strong relationships and bridge gaps between IT and se...
  • ConnecTIng Wirelessly
    • Dec 29, 2016

    A scalable approach to cloud computing applications for low power sensors

    The evolution of low-power wireless technologies has accelerated in the past few years due to the development of a number of applications for home and building automation, asset management and factory & process automation, as well as personal car...
  • Analog Wire
    • Dec 29, 2016

    Six easy steps to select the right digital isolator for solar-inverter applications

    With the solar inverter market growing at a fast rate based on data from International Energy Agency (IEA), it is imperative that designers be able to design their systems faster to meet the market’s needs. But the high voltages of these types of systems require additional care in component selection and system design to develop equipment that operates safely. With system voltages of 1,000 V RMS and 5 V microcontrollers...
  • Power House
    • Dec 28, 2016

    Which is better? Discrete or combined controllers for an AC/DC power supply?

    If you have ever listened in on typical hallway conversations in a power-supply design company, it’s likely you have heard a spirited debate on whether the right way to design a >75W power supply involves the architecture shown in Figure 1 or Figure 2. The power-supply components in both cases are exactly the same; the only difference is the controller. Figure 1: Discrete controller IC-based AC/DC design...
  • Power House
    • Dec 27, 2016

    The top three ways to split a voltage rail to a bipolar supply

    Audio applications, data-signal acquisition and analog sensors benefit from a bipolar bias power supply. A bipolar supply provides the best use of the analog-to-digital converter’s (ADC) dynamic range, enables rail-to-rail amplification, isolates the analog signal from ground noise and offers many other benefits. In this post, I’ll describe three ways to split a single supply rail into a bipolar voltage rail...
  • Fully Charged
    • Dec 27, 2016

    Don’t let your battery drain on the shelf – use ship mode

    Don’t let your battery drain on the shelf – use ship mode You’ve done it; your battery-powered design is complete: a new wearable for the consumer electronics market. You’re excited, and you want your consumers to feel that same excitement when they open the box and turn the device on. But how do you make sure that happens? A Christmas present bought in advance can be sitting in wrapping paper...
  • Enlightened: The TI DLP® Blog
    • Dec 22, 2016

    Three big bets about the future of MEMS-based displays in electronic devices

    From cars to kitchens and beyond, tiny chips glimmering with millions of microscopic mirrors are changing how we all see and interact with the next generation of consumer electronics. This paradigm shift is happening because of the advancement of smaller, more flexible, higher quality and more efficient optical MEMS. Advanced MEMS are propelling new and innovative solutions to application areas such as wearable...
  • Analog Wire
    • Dec 22, 2016

    Do you always need a LDO in front of your data converter?

    Figure 1: SNR of the ADS5407 powered by LDOs or DC/DCs Can you tell the difference in the signal-to-noise (SNR) ratio shown in Figure 1? Neither can the ADS5407 12-bit analog-to-digital converter (ADC). Both the low-dropout (LDO) linear regulators and the step-down (buck) DC/DC converters give the same data converter noise performance. How is noise performance determined? Which power-supply architecture should you...