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  • Behind the Wheel
    • Apr 24, 2015

    Measuring wheels In motion

    Systems that have moving mechanical components often have a need to measure something rotating. In a car, the speed of the wheels is used for the speedometer, traction control, anti-lock brakes and cruise control. The engine’s RPM is monitored to control the transmission and stay under the redline. Power windows are often controlled by a small motor with closed-loop rotational sensing. And let’s not...
  • Motor Drive & Control
    • Apr 24, 2015

    Designing an energy-efficient BLDC ceiling fan solution

    Rapid advancement in power electronics technologies and wider availability of highly integrated ICs to embed motor control algorithms now makes it easy to use a brushless DC (BLDC) motor instead of traditional induction or DC motors. BLDC motors do not have mechanical brushes and commutators so they provide higher torque/power-to-weight ratio, run efficiently and silently compared to brushed DC motors. Because there are...
  • Fully Charged
    • Apr 24, 2015

    Enhancing your Internet-connected home device

    Are you connected? If you are reading this blog, absolutely! You are connected to the Internet through your home computer, tablet , smartphone , car, library or coffee shop. And the list seems to grow every day. Other devices to add to the “connected” list include thermostats, smoke alarms, interior lighting and home appliances. On many newly connected devices, what used to be just a monochrome display temperature...
  • The Official MSP430 Blog
    • Apr 24, 2015

    Get the most out of integrated analog with MSP432 MCUs

    By now you’re probably well aware that our MSP MCUs are much more than digital microcontrollers. A big part of MSP430 and MSP432 MCU portfolios is the integrated analog. Integrated analog helps in applications that need low power to ensure exte...
  • Precision Hub
    • Apr 24, 2015

    What happens behind the scenes of RF base stations? (Part 2)

    In my previous blog post , I talked about power amplifiers (PAs) and their use in wireless base stations. The main takeaway was how quiescent current, or the DC current through the PA, plays a large role in overall system performance and efficiency. This quiescent current, I DSQ , is chosen to optimize power dissipation and signal (radio frequency [RF]) gain. Now that you understand this concept, let’s say you...
  • ConnecTIng Wirelessly
    • Apr 24, 2015

    UNB (ultra-narrow band) long range communication for a smarter City

    What problems could you solve if you had a connected smart city sensor that could live for over 10 years without maintenance? Innovation in RF connectivity now enables many new ways for cities to manage resources, making them greener, more efficient and more convenient. Myriads of sensors are finding their way into the everyday life of a city, managing energy consumption, routing traffic, monitoring air quality, improving...
  • Power House
    • Apr 24, 2015

    Power Tips: A Simple Circuit Yields Fast, Controllable Transient Loads

    Many application processors demand fast changes in load current including FPGAs, ASICs and other high-power CPUs. The power supplies for these systems require special attention to control topology selection and output filter design to support fast current steps. Once designed, a key challenge is testing the power supply against the specified current step and slew rate. In this article we illustrate a simple circuit to...
  • Fully Charged
    • Apr 23, 2015

    What would comprehensive battery management look like?

    bq40z60 system block diagram Managing a rechargeable lithium-ion battery could range from simple protection features built-in to the cell to extensive external-pack-level management. While designed-in cell-level safety measures are a must-have, a smart battery calls for a comprehensive multilevel management system. In broad terms, these comprehensive features/abilities include battery charging, accurate cell measurements...
  • On the Grid
    • Apr 23, 2015

    TI fuels the future of renewable energy

    Imagine a day where everyone would have access to energy that is smart, that is affordable and that is green. Innovations at TI are helping make such vision a reality. Today, renewable energy accounts for close to 10% of the total energy consum...
  • Enlightened: The TI DLP® Blog
    • Apr 23, 2015

    INFOGRAPHIC: From brilliant idea to the Oscar®

    Today is the final day of CinemaCon 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada, and what a week it has been. This is the fifth year of the annual event celebrating the movie going experience, and what would that experience be like without the TI DLP Cinema ® chip invention? DLP Cinema chips are used in more than 118,000 theatres worldwide, but it has humble beginnings as a research project at TI in 1977. Ten years later, Dr. Larry...
  • The Process
    • Apr 23, 2015

    Adding Smart to Substation

    While the green power grid of tomorrow presents an opportunity for overall enhanced power and operational efficiency , it inherently brings a highly intricate networked systems with complex data management and control. In traditional substation system...
  • Think. Innovate
    • Apr 23, 2015

    Shop class isn’t just for boys

    Growing up in Malaysia, I didn’t know what a career in engineering could mean for me. I did know that I really liked to take stuff apart. I’d go through my house and find things I could dismantle without getting into trouble. I particularly remember a broken VCR. I couldn’t wait to see what was inside – the magnetic tape, spooling, wires and circuit boards. In high school, I took the equivalent...
  • On the Grid
    • Apr 23, 2015

    Smart power for smart cities: Why time synchronization is essential (Part 1)

    Look around in the city of the future. What do you see? Perhaps you see a quadcopter flying overhead in the Federal Aviation Administration’s newly designated drone space, delivering a package you ordered through your smart watch the night befo...
  • Fully Charged
    • Apr 23, 2015

    Smart thermostats help smart cities consume less power

    As another Earth Day is upon us, smart cities are becoming more of a reality than a vision. One way that smart cities will make the earth a greener place is by reducing power consumption. Very small, seemingly insignificant power savings at the individual system level combine to create larger, more substantial changes when you add up those systems and their power savings for an entire city. Our decisions truly can make...
  • Motor Drive & Control
    • Apr 22, 2015

    Optimized thermal design for three-phase motor drives in power tools – part 2

    Thanks for coming back. If you missed part 1 of this series, I covered the basics of thermal design for three-phase motor drives in power tools; go check it out. In part 2, I’ll cover some general guidelines for a good thermal design Here are a few important points to consider for good thermal design of a printed circuit board (PCB): Provide large copper planes in the PCB . Solder the exposed pad of the...
  • Power House
    • Apr 22, 2015

    Making smart energy smarter with renewable power storage

    As the reserves of non-renewable sources of energy (like coal, petrol and others) continue to deplete, there is an ever-increasing demand for “cleaner” sources of energy such as solar or wind energy. The future lies in the efficient conversion of these sources of renewable energy into electricity. In this post, I’ll present the hardware and software solutions needed for a future solar smart home with...
  • The Official MSP430 Blog
    • Apr 22, 2015

    Smart meters provide foundation for smart cities

    Cities large and small around the world are beginning to implement new technologies to more tightly interconnect disparate aspects of modern life in a strategy to become ‘smarter’. Smart cities are more livable for residents, hospitable f...
  • ConnecTIng Wirelessly
    • Apr 22, 2015

    IoT gateways: Behind the scenes of smart cities

    Smart cities today offer systems that improve the wellbeing and efficiency of their citizens, from flexible transportation and efficient energy to effective water and waste management. While many technologies are essential to bring smart cities to life, one essential aspect of these cities is the highly connected infrastructure needed to support the sharing and exchanging of the overall intelligence of the installed systems...
  • Think. Innovate
    • Apr 22, 2015

    Trade Promotion Authority allows TI and its suppliers to grow

    Texas Instruments offers innovative semiconductor products to more than 100,000 customers around the world, earning nearly 90 percent of our revenue from outside the United States. Open trade is not only essential for TI, but for the many local suppliers with whom we work. This week, the Senate Finance Committee will consider the Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and Accountability Act of 2015 (TPA-2015). TI...
  • Precision Hub
    • Apr 21, 2015

    Shunt versus series: Which voltage reference topology is right for you?

    The real world is analog (for now at least), and the most common way to interface with the real world is to use analog-to-digital converters (ADCs), sensors or other application-specific integrated circuits (ICs). A voltage-reference IC provides a stable output voltage that can be used as a constant value as system voltage and temperature change. There are two types of voltage references – shunt and series –...
  • Think. Innovate
    • Apr 21, 2015

    DIY with TI: Getting a kick out of growing chili peppers with ‘Chili-Gation’

    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. Dave Smith loves to cook. And equally satisfying to him is plucking a ripe chili pepper from one of his potted plants, plopping it into a saucepan, and adding some zing to his latest culinary delight. But Dave has...
  • ConnecTIng Wirelessly
    • Apr 21, 2015

    NFC/RFID for access control: Sniffing for cards

    RFID cards or badges are commonly used to enable contactless access control. This is commonly seen in office buildings to provide access to the building and restrict access to certain areas. Near Field Communication (NFC), which uses the ...
  • University Program
    • Apr 21, 2015

    Minimizing farming risks in India with TI technology enabled solutions

    The following is a guest blog post written by Professor H.S Jamadagni of the Department of Electronic Systems Engineering at the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) in Bangalore. Professor Jamadagni focuses on research in the areas of embedded systems...
  • Behind the Wheel
    • Apr 21, 2015

    Minivan or sports convertible - Whatever your style, NFC technology can make it smarter

    On a recent business trip to Silicon Valley, I was posed with a (not so) tough choice when the rep at the car rental counter informed me they were out of cars in my category. I was given a choice between a minivan and a yellow sports convertible. Oh ...
  • The Process
    • Apr 21, 2015

    System optimized alternative to FPGA, NO Bazinga!

    Imagine a world where ... products in industrial markets evolve at a pace, as the consumer “phone” has in the past 15 years. sophisticated medical diagnostic equipment currently relegated to regional hospitals, is now portable, batter...