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    • Dec 19, 2014

    Stress-induced outbursts: Microphonics in ceramic capacitors (Part 1)

    While working on a low-noise amplifier circuit for an upcoming TI Designs reference design , I was caught off-guard by some interesting behavior. Casually moving the printed circuit board (PCB) on my workbench caused the output voltage to jump! F...
  • Motor Drive & Control
    • Dec 19, 2014

    Start your BLDC journey with motor startup (Part II): Choosing your parameters

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  • Analog Wire
    • Dec 19, 2014

    SPICE it up: My favorite “proof-of-concept” simulations (Part 2)

    In my last post , I explained what TINA-TI is and introduced how to use a transient simulation to check a circuit’s DC operating condition. Figure 1 shows the results of this simulation. Figure 1: Transient simulation results using the...
  • Fully Charged
    • Dec 19, 2014

    How can you deliver 1W power from a 10 mW coin cell?

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  • Behind the Wheel
    • Dec 19, 2014

    System Integration using optimized EMC designs

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    • Dec 18, 2014

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  • Think. Innovate
    • Dec 18, 2014

    One to Watch: Design supervisor Gerhard

    In our ongoing series, ‘One to Watch,’ we profile the movers and shakers at TI who are making a difference through their extraordinary work. Below is the second in a series of stories recognizing our 12 ‘Modern Day Jacks’ who embody the spirit of Jack Kilby by creating game-changing inventions. The Low Power DC/DC (LP DCDC) product line within the Advanced Low-Power Solutions (ALPS) released...
  • University Program
    • Dec 18, 2014

    MIT undergrads share groundbreaking research

    In MIT’s SuperUROP (Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program) EECS students participate in a year-long research project. An inaugural supporter of SuperUROP, the TI University Program provides students with leading edge technology to build their prototypes and partners with TI Recruiting to provide information about future career opportunities. This December, we had a chance to catch up with these students and see...
  • The Official MSP430 Blog
    • Dec 18, 2014

    How to choose and use MCUs with integrated LCD controllers

    Segment liquid crystal displays (LCDs) are used across many applications from electronic shelf labels to medical equipment. TI's MSP430FR4133 MCUs with the industry's lowest power and unmatched pin flexibility provides an exciting offeri...
  • Power House
    • Dec 18, 2014

    Ins and Outs of Power Sequencing for FPGAs

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  • Analog Wire
    • Dec 17, 2014

    Get Connected: Data aggregation using a general purpose SerDes

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  • Behind the Wheel
    • Dec 16, 2014

    Enhancing the Driving Experience at CES 2015

    TI’s automotive team is gearing up for yet another CES! The Automotive Innovation Room, located within the TI Village in rooms N115-N119, will be showcasing the following innovative demos: TI DLP® automotive wide field of view head-up di...
  • Power House
    • Dec 16, 2014

    Damping input bead resonance to prevent oscillations

    A traditional approach to damping input filter resonances has been to add another capacitor of at least three times the capacitance of the original input capacitor with a resistor in series for damping. See AN-2162 (page 6) by Alan Martin who advocates added capacitance to be at least four times input capacitance based upon SNVA538 by Michele Sclocchi...
  • Tools Insider
    • Dec 16, 2014

    Solving the three most common DDR Challenges

    We are happy to have Joe Skazinski, CTO at Kozio, as a guest blogger today. Joe has been in the industry for over 20 years, innovating with embedded software for hardware verification and data storage hardware. Joe is co-founder of Kozio which has he...
  • ConnecTIng Wirelessly
    • Dec 16, 2014

    The shocking impact of poor RF selectivity and blocking

    At TI, we have more than 15 years of experience with low-power RF solutions. Over time, working hands-on with customers, we have learned what it takes to design RF IC’s that work well in industrial environments. The wireless communication needs...
  • Think. Innovate
    • Dec 16, 2014

    AngelGuard – with TI inside – calls 911 in a car crash

    Four years ago, Joe Mader’s routine commute to the office was suddenly interrupted. Traffic slowed to just a few miles per hour. Flashing lights could be seen up ahead. As Joe approached the scene of the car crash, he saw a grey vehicle on its ...
  • TI Live @...
    • Dec 16, 2014

    TI enables the unexpected at 2015 International CES

    In less than three weeks, we’re headed to Las Vegas for an action-packed 2015 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) . From next-generation advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) to innovations for the Internet of Things (IoT), smart h...
  • The Official MSP430 Blog
    • Dec 15, 2014

    New TI Designs showcase IR transceiver functionality and MSP430 FRAM microcontrollers

    Infrared (IR) transceivers can be seen in a number of wireless remote control applications including LED lighting, television, and air conditioning controllers. IR wireless communication is low power, simple to design and cost effective. Infrar...
  • The Official MSP430 Blog
    • Dec 15, 2014

    MCU + Analog : A one-chip solution for portable medical needs

    When it comes to portable medical or healthtech applications, the most valuable and beneficial feature when picking a microcontroller is undoubtable low power. Making this your top design priority will ensure an extended battery life. Apart from powe...
  • Power House
    • Dec 14, 2014

    Digital power chat recap: Real-world digital power applications and benefits

    Continuously searching for a way to improve your power supply in applications? The Planet Analog Digital Power chat session on Nov. 19 explored power management and control questions to help with common design issues. Lead by TI experts Zhen Yu, syst...
  • Motor Drive & Control
    • Dec 12, 2014

    Is your IGBT gate-driver power supply optimized? – Part 1

    Many of us are familiar with low-power DC motors because we see them everywhere in our daily lives. What we may not see are all the larger AC industrial motors working behind the scenes to automate the assembly of our automobiles or to lift the elevators we ride every day. These high-power motors are driven by electronics with very different requirements and with much higher current. In part 1 of this blog, we will discuss...
  • Precision Hub
    • Dec 12, 2014

    Using SAR ADC TINA Models: Much ado about settling

    Arguably the most important parameter that will determine the accuracy of your SAR ADC is settling error associated with the input and reference signals. “Well, what about the noise and linearity errors of the ADC?” you might ask. Good qu...
  • Think. Innovate
    • Dec 12, 2014

    A team of minds is limitless

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  • University Program
    • Dec 11, 2014

    TI on board the Visio.M e-vehicle - a project from the Technical University Munich

    Researchers from Technical University Munich (TUM) in Munich, Germany recently presented Visio.M, an electronic vehicle they developed with industry experts. The goal: to build an affordable, stylish e-vehicle that offered safety, comfort as wel...
  • University Program
    • Dec 11, 2014

    LaunchPad unleashes UNT student creativity

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