Analog Signal Chain real world problem solutions: Technology and Tools
    • Jun 10, 2019

    System basis chips 101 - A beginner's guide to CAN, CAN FD and LIN SBCs

    What is a system basis chip (SBC)? SBCs are simply integrated circuits that integrate Controller Area Network (CAN) or Local Interconnect Network (LIN) transceivers with an internal/external “power element.” This power element could be a low-dropout regulator (LDO), a DC/DC converter or both. When a designer needs additional output...
    • May 24, 2019

    Staying on budget: How digital isolators are transforming field transmitters

    What keeps chocolate factories, oil refineries and water treatment plants operating successfully? It’s automated machinery, which has the ability to sense, measure and react during every step of a designated process. Field transmitters give factories a way to automate the sensing, measuring and communicating of critical system vitals such as...
    • May 23, 2019

    So, what are S-parameters anyway?

    Modern high-speed analog-to-digital converters (ADCs) have enabled the direct sampling of radio frequency (RF) signals, which in many cases eliminates the need for mixing stages while increasing system flexibility and capability. Traditionally, ADC signal and clock inputs have been represented by lumped element models. But for RF sampling converters...
    • May 9, 2019

    Get started with smart home audio design

    Avi Yashar co-authored this article. Smart home technology has expanded rapidly in recent years. Companies that once made simple home appliances now have a demand for high-fidelity audio output. This audio goes beyond the typical beep or tone announ...
    • Apr 18, 2019

    Simplify your bill of materials with high-voltage amplifiers

    Engineers are often faced with the task of selecting multiple operational amplifiers (op amps) to fit the needs of each subsystem on their board, since op amp specifications often vary. This can complicate efforts from procurement to manufacturing. H...
    • Apr 11, 2019

    No headroom, no problem: buffering and filtering an audio signal chain in low-voltage systems

    A high-fidelity audio signal chain gains several advantages when the system supply voltages are higher – the signal-to-noise ratio, dynamic range and slew rates can all improve with increasing supply voltages. But constraints from battery- and ...
    • Apr 11, 2019

    A glitch in your system’s matrix?

    “The Matrix” showed a dystopian world where the human race was trapped in a computer simulation. In the movie, the phrase “a glitch in the matrix” described the feeling of déjà vu – experiencing something...
    • Apr 9, 2019

    Frequently asked questions and answers for RS-485 transceivers

    By Kaitlyn Mazzarella and Hao Liu In need of a refresher on RS-485 transceiver design? This blog post features insights based on frequently asked questions within the TI E2E™ Community and is a helpful resource for anyone looking to learn more about this established communications standard. For information specific to isolated RS-485...
    • Mar 29, 2019

    Can your RS-485 communication survive the great outdoors?

    RS-485 transceivers are designed to withstand harsh environments. In addition to noisy factory environments, this means RS-485 transceivers must also be robust enough to operate outdoors, where communication can be affected by voltage surge events, such as lightning strikes. So, how do you know if your RS-485 communication is capable of surviving...
    • Mar 28, 2019

    How to design for precision RTD measurements with ADCs

    In theory, temperature measurements using resistance temperature detectors (RTDs) should be simple: measure a temperature with an RTD that changes resistance with temperature, measure the resistance of the RTD, and convert that resistance to temperature through an equation or look-up table. What could possibly go wrong? Many design considerations...