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    • Aug 26, 2015

    Don’t lose navigational signal in tunnels anymore

    Ever wondered, how your map stays on track inside the car navigation systems when go inside the tunnel? Gyro sensors are extensively used in car navigation systems for sensing angular velocity changes in the travel direction and for dead reckoning in locations where GPS signals are lost. These sensors transfer the data over SPI interface. As advancements...
    • Aug 18, 2015

    What you need to know about Bluetooth Smart in automotive

    Over the last couple of decades, the automotive vehicle has transformed internally from a mechanical beast to an electronic supercomputer. A little more than a decade ago, when a car broke down, a driver with intermediate technical experience could easily guesstimate the problem and maybe even fix it. Today, it’s a bit different. In our modern...
    • Jul 20, 2015

    Using dual high-current op amps to drive automotive LED lights

    Automotive applications require that output Light Emitting Diode (LED) be driven by a constant current source with short-circuit protection for the LED driver. This current solution is a more discrete approach to the problem, with amplifier and compa...
    • Jul 8, 2015

    48V systems: Design considerations for a typical auxiliary power inverter

    In our previous blog on 48V automotive systems, Nagarajan Sridhar mentioned that tougher emission standards are driving new vehicle architectures. One way that automakers are meeting the CO 2 emission goals is with mild hybrid configurations. Here, a 48V lithium-ion battery assists the combustion engine to propel the car; stores recuperated energy;...
    • Jul 1, 2015

    Split-rail converters reduce BOM size and cost in new automotive displays

    Designing for >5-inch automotive LCD displays can be very complicated. The display source driver requires a supply rail called an analog voltage device drain (AVDD) ranging from 10V to 15V and two supply rails for the gate driver (VGH and VGL). In many situations, you can use an LCD bias power supply such as the TPS65150-Q1 , an automotive LCD...
    • Jun 25, 2015

    Four considerations when choosing a sensing solution for liquid-level measurement

    Let’s say you need to measure the level of a liquid in a tank: perhaps it’s for an automotive gas tank, wiper-washer fluid tank or engine coolant tank. Possible solutions include traditional mechanical or electronic sensing devices. If yo...
    • Jun 23, 2015

    Performance comparison between two automotive knock sensors

    Engine knock sensors are used to improve engine efficiency and performance by monitoring engine vibrations. The engine control unit (ECU) uses this data to adjust the fuel and air ratio to reduce “engine pinging” and correct the timing of the engine. TI’s TPIC8101 serves as a signal conditioner for such engine knock sensors. Newer...
    • Jun 4, 2015

    You ask for more, TI’s Automotive Processors team delivers

    One of the most exciting aspects of the automotive business is the opportunity to constantly meet, discuss and be challenged by some of the most creative but demanding engineers around. I’ve not only had that chance, but recently...
    • May 18, 2015

    Spread Spectrum: Headache tablet or vitamin pill?

    Spread spectrum is a technique associated with switching regulators that suppresses unwanted noise from bands of interest and pushes it into areas where the noise will not interfere with the system, or where it can be handled more easily. Although th...
    • May 14, 2015

    Were you able to spot the difference?

    Our friends over at ‘Enlightened: The TI DLP® Blog’ created a fun ‘spot the difference’ graphic to showcase the amazing capabilities of the new DLP3000-Q1 chipset for automotive head-up displays (HUDs). Before we reveal th...