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  • Enlightened: The TI DLP® Blog
    • Aug 25, 2016

    Quick flexibility tips for customizing SNR and resolution on your spectrometer design

    Engineers understand the essential importance of two key performance metrics for any spectrometer design: signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) and spectral resolution. SNR is the ratio of signal power to noise power. This is important because it determines the consistency of the spectrums measured. Resolution is significant because it determines the minimum distance in nanometers adjacent spectral peaks can be to each other...
  • Industrial Strength
    • Aug 25, 2016

    How to integrate position encoder master protocols into Sitara™ processor applications

    If you have been following my multiprotocol Industrial Ethernet blog series , you already know that I am a big fan of the programmable real-time unit and industrial communication subsystem (PRU-ICSS), a programmable peripheral inside Sitara™ processors. In this post, I want to talk about another application where PRU-ICSS helps integrate your chosen digital position encoder master interface into the Sitara processor...
  • Think. Innovate
    • Aug 25, 2016

    Out of Office: Building a bridge over troubled waters

    TIers do amazing things every day at work and when they are out of the office. In our ongoing series, ‘Out of Office,’ we showcase the unique and fascinating hobbies, talents and interests of TIers all over the world. When a Bavarian city was completely destroyed by floodwaters earlier this summer, two TIers from our Freising, Germany office volunteered to help build bridges over troubled waters in order...
  • Power House
    • Aug 25, 2016

    Power Tips: How GaN devices boost resonant converter efficiency

    Wide-bandgap power devices such as gallium nitride (GaN) and silicon carbide (SiC) field effect transistors (FETs) have become commercially available in recent years. Compared with high-voltage (≥600V) silicon FETs, GaN and SiC FETs generally have...
  • Analog Wire
    • Aug 25, 2016

    Get Connected: Driving the development of CAN protocols at Plugfest

    Welcome back to the Get Connected blog series on Analog Wire. In my previous post, we explored the pros and cons of operating RS-485 links without any termination on the bus. With careful selection of the RS-485 device, you can eliminate the termination resistors from some buses, and thus remove the need to know the farthest reaches of the bus, making installation simpler. In this post, I will change gears and take a...
  • Fully Charged
    • Aug 24, 2016

    Pass your power bank EMI test

    A key design challenge for designing a power bank is passing the EMI test. Electronics engineers often fear about the EMI test failure. And it would be a nightmare if the circuit failed the EMI again and again. You would have to work day and night in the EMI lab to fix the problem to avoid product launch delays. For the consumer products like power banks, the design period is short, while the EMI certification limit is...
  • Think. Innovate
    • Aug 23, 2016

    The power of STEM for a better world

    We are firm believers that empowering a next-generation STEM-capable workforce will fuel tomorrow’s innovation and create stronger communities. This is why the TI Foundation has again made a substantial investment in improving kindergarten thro...
  • Industrial Strength
    • Aug 22, 2016

    Where shrinking makes sense: improving isolated, split-rail power designs in industrial applications

    Reducing solution size, component costs and power losses are getting more and more important in industrial applications. Analog I/O modules for Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) are a good example for a need to meet those requirements. Industry 4.0 describes a trend towards further automation combined with intelligent communication. As a result, PLCs need to be equipped with more I/O ports in process engineering...
  • Power House
    • Aug 22, 2016

    Staying cool, efficiently

    Looking back at my childhood in one of coastal India’s cities, I remember dense humidity paired with tolerable heat in the low 90s – a classic equatorial climate. But when I visit now, I notice that the temperatures are much higher, often exceeding 100 ° F. I also notice split air conditioners installed almost everywhere; these were rare during my childhood. Split air conditioners consist of an indoor...
  • Fully Charged
    • Aug 22, 2016

    Join the wireless power LinkedIn chat

    Want to learn more about wireless power? Bring your questions to our expert panel as IEEE, TI and the Wireless Power Consortium (WPC) team up to host a free live Q&A on the IEEE Power Electronics Society LinkedIn Group. Request to join the group ...
  • On the Grid
    • Aug 19, 2016

    Quantifying harmonic distortion: Options for calculating THD

    The proliferation of nonlinear electric loads is threatening electric grid reliability in industrial, commercial and residential premises. What are nonlinear loads? They are any piece of electric equipment whose impedance changes with applied voltage. Examples in industrial applications include large variable-frequency motor drives or high-current arc welders. Switched-mode power supplies in server farms, office equipment...
  • Precision Hub
    • Aug 19, 2016

    How to design cost-sensitive DC instrumentation circuits

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  • Industrial Strength
    • Aug 18, 2016

    Engineering magic: Touch through thick glass with LEDs and LCD

    Not impressed with the magic trick revealed in the previous post ? Then check out this one: We kept working on our touch-through-glass application and managed to improve it. Using an MSP430™ microcontroller (MCU) with CapTIvate™ technology (the MSP430FR2633 ), we were able to control light-emitting diodes (LEDs) and a liquid crystal display (LCD) upon button presses, beyond just sensing the buttons as we did...
  • Think. Innovate
    • Aug 18, 2016

    Bionic arms turn kids without limbs into superheroes

    For kids who dream of being a superhero or heroine, receiving a bionic prosthetic arm that looks like something out of Iron Man or Captain America might be the highlight of their young lives. It’s right up there with overcoming a disability t...
  • Analog Wire
    • Aug 18, 2016

    Eight things to consider when choosing haptic feedback – part 2

    In the first installment of this two-part series, I discussed five things you should consider when picking a haptic driver and recent haptic advancements. To close this series off, we will cover the three remaining reasons. Closed-loop architecture As in most systems, closed-loop architectures are the most ideal designs. TI’s closed-loop architecture provides several benefits for driving linear resonance actuators...
  • MSP Low-Power Plays
    • Aug 18, 2016

    When green meets the IoT

    When it comes to lowering the rate of power consumption wherever possible, two seemingly unrelated trends – the Internet of Things (IoT) and the green power movement – seemingly converge. Of course, low-power consumption is nothing new for designers of embedded systems. The two trends do add to the pressure already felt by designers to develop systems that not only consume less power themselves, but also help...
  • Fully Charged
    • Aug 17, 2016

    How to save power while shrinking your next mobile design

    Where did my charger go? My laptop is running low on battery again as I’m typing this. We are constantly struggling with battery life in today’s always-on connected world. Everything we use needs a longer battery life, but also needs a smaller battery. Impossible you say? Certainly not, but this trend of shrinking form factor while extending battery life poses a serious challenge for many of today’s...
  • Analog Wire
    • Aug 17, 2016

    Inductive sensing: WEBENCH® Coil Designer now designs stacked coils for switch applications

    In my last post , I showed step by step how WEBENCH® Coil Designer can produce the sensor computer-aided design (CAD) files for inductive-sensing applications. This method works well for single-coil inductive sensors such as the LDC1614 , but the L...
  • ConnecTIng Wirelessly
    • Aug 17, 2016

    Why you can't overlook Wi-Fi: It's the connectivity that's here to stay

    Look around you. No matter where you are – whether at home, work or in public – almost every device is “wireless“ and there’s no doubt Wi-Fi® technology is a fundamental enabler. Consumers now understand that Wi-Fi t...
  • Analog Wire
    • Aug 17, 2016

    How to shift your automotive design to another level

    Temperature, pressure, radar, cameras, ultrasonics – these are just a few of the sensors used in modern automobiles. Inside the car, you’ll find other complicated systems such as audio, video, gauges and the control unit. Every year more and more systems are added to our vehicles, and many of them need to communicate to work properly. There are times when they don’t exactly speak the same language, however...
  • Motor Drive & Control
    • Aug 17, 2016

    Accuracy? Resolution? Arc minutes? How to take charge of your motor control design

    Imagine your commute this morning in your car. The traffic light turned green, and you pushed the accelerator as soon as you could. Your car responded within seconds and you continued on toward the office. But behind the scenes, inside your car, there was a lot more happening. Let’s take a look. When you press the pedal, the motor does its best to provide the necessary torque to your car through the shafts. The...
  • Analog Wire
    • Aug 16, 2016

    Power naps: saving energy using ultrasonic sensing

    Doesn’t it feel awesome when you walk into a room and the lights turn on by themselves? It’s likely that the person paying the electric bill feels so too: occupancy sensors correlate with saving energy, which often means saving money. This is typically a high priority for homeowners and businesses alike. So how do occupancy sensors work? What technologies are used? One common option on the market today...
  • Industrial Strength
    • Aug 16, 2016

    Smart buildings get smarter with ultra-low-power MCUs

    How did everything get so smart? Within building automation systems you’ll find smart thermostats , smart light switches, smart light bulbs, smart refrigerators and heaters and appliances and all manner of smart devices. Add it all up and you’ve got a genius of a building automation system. A new breed of highly integrated, ultra-low-power microcontrollers (MCUs) with completely configurable ferroelectric...
  • Think. Innovate
    • Aug 16, 2016

    Haptics-enabled cane, blind spot detector among top intern DIY projects

    We love the can-do spirit that lies at the heart of our makers. And we encourage it in our summer interns. Take Micah, Erick and Maria for example. For our 2016 DIY with TI – Intern Edition event , this inventive crew built a blind spot det...
  • Power House
    • Aug 16, 2016

    Enhance your home automation project with an LED driver

    The smart home is no longer just for movie and millionaires. New products are hitting the market every day to connect you to every part of your house. There are products to turn on your lights from the other room and you can even find a device to monitor your dog from afar. With advancing technology it’s now easier than ever to create your own automated system using a microcontroller. You can even add light emitting...