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  • Precision Hub
    • Feb 27, 2015

    ADC accuracy: Effect of temperature drift on ADC signal chain (Part 3)

    In the first two parts of my ADC accuracy series, I established the differences between resolution and accuracy for an analog-to-digital converter (ADC) and explained the factors that contribute to total unadjusted error (TUE) of the ADC. Most of these errors are static errors that can be calibrated under ambient conditions. System performance can continue to drift even after calibration, however, due to a change in temperature...
  • Fully Charged
    • Feb 27, 2015

    Tips for making your battery solution more compact

    When designing a wearable product, the first thing that comes into mind is probably its size. The available space for wearables is very limited, yet the battery occupies a higher percentage of the total size due to the long operating time between cha...
  • Analog Wire
    • Feb 27, 2015

    JESD204B: How to measure and verify your deterministic latency

    In my last post, I presented a three-step process for calculating the deterministic latency of a JESD204B link. In this post, I’ll explain: 1) how to choose your release buffer delay (RBD) to ensure a deterministic latency, and 2) how to measure and verify the expected deterministic latency. Choosing the appropriate RBD value As discussed in my previous post, RBD=K is the default setting. This allows the initial...
  • Power House
    • Feb 26, 2015

    Knock out the noise! Create a cleaner PLC design

    Used in factory automation, programmable logic controllers (PLCs) are basic necessities of any industrial automation design. Simply put, they are industrial computers specialized to control machines and processes and are designed to work in rugged industrial environments. Programmable Logic Controllers PLCs come in all shapes and sizes but can mainly be segmented by their input/output (I/O) count: Some come in fixed...
  • University Program
    • Feb 26, 2015

    World’s fastest 2-D camera uses TI DLP® technology

    To follow is a story which originally appeared on Think.Innovate , showcasing how research using TI DLP® Technology at the Washington University in St. Louis developed into the World's fastest 2-D camera. Happy reading! T...
  • The Official MSP430 Blog
    • Feb 26, 2015

    Exploring the MSP430 tool chain: Part 4 – Upload firmware with the MSP430 Flasher

    This is the fourth entry of a five-part series to help you learn more about our robust MSP430 tool chain. Don’t miss Parts 1 , 2 and 3 on this blog from past weeks, because this week we focus on the MSP430 flasher. MSP430 Flasher is an open-sou...
  • The Official MSP430 Blog
    • Feb 25, 2015

    TI @ embedded world 2015: ULPBench benchmark offers a true comparison between low-power MCUs

    What if I told you that the way you have been comparing low-power microcontrollers was wrong? The new ULPBench benchmark from the Embedded Microprocessor Benchmark Consortium or EEMBC (the creators of the COREMARK® benchmark) focuses on applicat...
  • Analog Wire
    • Feb 25, 2015

    What are you sensing? Active shielding for capacitive sensing, part 2

    Thanks for tuning into part 2 of this series on active shielding. In my last post , I talked about the benefits of shielding and how it helps mitigate parasitic-capacitance interference from your capacitance measurements. Today, I’ll discuss shield sensor designs and how the size and placement of the shield in relation to the sensor electrode affects sensor performance. The shape and position of the shield relative...
  • Think. Innovate
    • Feb 25, 2015

    Collaborative atmosphere yields industry first

    Today, we celebrate an industry first – the newly released SimpleLink™ ultra-low power wireless microcontroller (MCU) platform . For the first time, developers don’t have to choose between having a low-power device or one that is flexible enough to be used with multiple wireless standards like Bluetooth ® Smart, ZigBee ® and 6LoWPAN. At its core, the platform is a wireless MCU with integrated...
  • The Official MSP430 Blog
    • Feb 25, 2015

    A single-chip 4-20mA temperature transmitter at embedded world 2015

    Last week I wrote about the number of Industrial Communication Solutions supported by MSP430 microcontrollers (MCUs), the most popular among them being the 4-20 mA current loop. We will be showcasing this solution at the embedded world tradeshow in G...
  • ConnecTIng Wirelessly
    • Feb 25, 2015

    Taking power to a new low with the SimpleLink ULP wireless MCU platform

    The new SimpleLink™ CC26xx/CC13xx ultra-low power platform for Bluetooth® Smart, 6LoWPAN, ZigBee®, Sub-1 GHz and ZigBee RF4CE™ is built and designed with low power in mind. We’ve looked at all aspects important to making sur...
  • Power House
    • Feb 24, 2015

    Power Tips: Designing a two-stage LC filter

    Many applications require low-noise power supplies, including laser-diode drivers and optical modules. Even with low equivalent series resistance (ESR) ceramic output capacitors, it is often impractical to use a traditional single-stage inductor-capacitor (LC) filter to power such loads. Designers may be forced to use a two-stage LC filter in order to achieve output ripple levels in the sub-5mV range. If designed properly...
  • On the Grid
    • Feb 24, 2015

    Handling the rampant growth in analog input and output signals in today’s smart grid

    One of the hallmarks of the smart grid today is the vastly increased connectivity between different Intelligent Electronic Devices (IEDs) on the grid. Examples of IEDs include protection relays, circuit breakers and remote terminal units (RTUs), among others. Protection relays are commonly found along the entire grid infrastructure pathway from generation to transmission and distribution. The protection relay typically...
  • The Official MSP430 Blog
    • Feb 24, 2015

    TI @ Embedded World: Energy harvesting for home automation

    At electronica in November, we highlighted our latest solution for energy harvesting . We saw tremendous interest, but knew there was a critical piece we could add to make it just a little-bit more exciting. Have you figured it out yet? At the e...
  • Precision Hub
    • Feb 24, 2015

    2-wire 4-20mA transmitters: Background and common issues (Part 4)

    The previous three parts of this blog series focused on 2-wire 4-20mA sensor transmitter designs composed completely of analog components. While analog signal conditioning is practical for linear sensors, many sensors have nonlinear outputs that can only be modestly corrected with analog compensation. Examples of non-linear sensors include pressure sensors, gas and chemical sensors and many temperature sensors.
  • Analog Wire
    • Feb 23, 2015

    How to save power using load switches

    Thanks to the Internet of Things revolution, we’re seeing more devices connected to the cloud via Wi-Fi® and Bluetooth®. Load switches are commonly used to save power by disabling radios (and other power-hungry subsystems) wh...
  • Fully Charged
    • Feb 23, 2015

    Cut the cords: join the wireless charging Twitter chat March 10

    TI is hosting an hour-long Twitter chat focused on wireless charging March 10 at 11 a.m. CST. Whether you are designing a new product or optimizing an existing design, four wireless power design experts will be available to answer your questions.
  • Think. Innovate
    • Feb 23, 2015

    Student takes one step closer to her STEM career

    Few of us knew exactly what we wanted to be when we grew up by age 14. That’s not the case for Angeles, an 8 th grader at Santa Clara de Assisi Catholic School in Dallas. She’s not even in high school yet, but she already knows she wants to help others using science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). And we recently gave Angeles a sneak peek at what her future could look like. Angeles hopes to be...
  • Power House
    • Feb 21, 2015

    How to get more out of your sensor with the right LDO

    In a recently released white paper, “ Powering sensors with LDOs for industrial process control ,” I reviewed important design requirements for low-dropout regulators (LDOs) used in industrial process control sensors. The paper examined the...
  • University Program
    • Feb 20, 2015

    TI invests in its roots with future innovators

    It’s in our name. It’s part of our DNA. When it comes to Texas, we support our roots. Back in the day, TI founders knew the next big breakthroughs would come from hands-on engineering. In the 60s, this moved them to establish the Graduat...
  • TI Social
    • Feb 20, 2015

    Welcome to the Forrester Groundswell Award Page for TI E2E Community

    The TI engineer-to-engineer (E2E) Community, which launched in 2008, is an open support community. The goal of TI’s E2E community is to provide a seamless customer experience on all TI-supported products. This includes building a strong communi...
  • Fully Charged
    • Feb 20, 2015

    How to do a BOM review for a low-power DC/DC converter design

    When reviewing a design, a schematic review is very common and important. Simple errors and omissions can be caught just by having someone, besides the circuit designer,—check the design.
  • Precision Hub
    • Feb 20, 2015

    Industrial DACs: How to protect 2-wire transmitters

    In my previous post, I explained how to design 2-wire, or loop-powered, analog outputs for industrial automation. In this post, with the design and operation of the transmitter in mind, I will talk about how to design circuits to protect these systems. For reference, Figure 1 shows the basic 2-wire transmitter design.
  • Motor Drive & Control
    • Feb 19, 2015

    Start your BLDC journey with motor startup (Part III): Initial position detection (IPD)

    In part I and part II of this blog series, we talked about ‘blind’ startup of a motor, which is an easy approach but has certain limitations. If the application can’t accept the blades going back and forth (as in ceiling or pedestal fans) or reverse spinning is prohibited (for example HDD motor or VCM), you should consider initial position detection (IPD). IPD is the method to detect the motor position...
  • Power House
    • Feb 19, 2015

    Power Tips: Solar panel lighting requires a system-level approach

    Going green isn't always quite as simple as it seems; for example, take a system designed to store solar energy in a battery to power light-emitting diodes (LEDs) at night. As you can see from the block diagram (Figure 1), this system involves mu...