The latest from TI experts on our innovative industrial systems designs and solutions.
    • Dec 13, 2017

    Real-time control meets real-time industrial communications development – part two

    In part one of this blog series, I gave an overview of the market opportunity for EtherCAT slave stack support on C2000 MCUs and an introduction to a three phased solution to jumpstart slave stack development. Beyond this three-faceted development flow, what has TI done to make our solution more compelling than a typical stack porting exercise? First...
    • Dec 8, 2017

    Why your battery’s state of health is important for the smart home

    The last few years have seen remarkable progress in the growth and adoption of smart home technology . Millions of people now have video doorbells, remote camera monitors and security control panels installed in their homes – and millions more are likely to adopt this type of technology in the future. A consumer’s ability to monitor different...
    • Dec 4, 2017

    How to choose the right kind of DC/DC conversion for your appliance design

    Appliances need DC/DC conversion to transform a rail (usually a 12V rail) into a 5V or 3.3V rail in order to power low-voltage components. You can achieve DC/DC conversion in multiple ways, but one popular way is to use a low-dropout regulator (LDO) or a switch-mode power supply. Designers choose LDOs because they are usually low cost and small in...
    • Nov 20, 2017

    Use Ultrasonic sensing for graceful robots

    We’re not far from the day when robots perform many of the tasks done by humans today. We already have robotic vacuums cleaning our homes and robotic mowers cutting the grass in our yards. On factory floors, robots are building many of the products we use, from toothbrushes to cars. Robots are serving food in China and Japan, while drones are...
    • Nov 17, 2017

    Industrial radar sensors need 77GHz

    Although specialized applications (primarily within the military) have used radar technology for sensing for nearly a century, simplification and size reductions through integration and higher operating frequencies have expanded the use of radar sensing to include automotive and industrial applications. In the past, radar technology was reserved for...
    • Nov 15, 2017

    Real-time control meets real-time industrial communications development – part one

    In my previous blog post, “ EtherCAT and C2000™ MCUs – real-time communications meets real-time control ,” I discussed a design in the TI Designs reference design library to help ease hardware development of International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) 61158-compliant EtherCAT slave nodes based on TI C2000 real-time control...
    • Nov 13, 2017

    How to choose a TVS diode for RS-232, RS-485 and CAN based on voltage ratings

    In many industrial and automotive applications, protecting the interface transceivers from all kinds of electrical overstress events is a major concern. Transient voltage suppressor (TVS) diodes are common devices for this purpose, since they can clamp the voltage spikes by generating a low-impedance current path. The electrical characteristics of...
    • Nov 9, 2017

    How to boost efficiency in your industrial AC/DC power supply

    Industrial power supplies are robust, highly efficient and designed to operate under a wide temperature range. Often they work without any forced cooling, which translates into the use of high-efficiency AC/DC (power factor correction [PFC]) and isolated DC/DC power stages in the system. Other key features in an industrial power supply are its ability...
    • Oct 30, 2017

    Gain top-notch efficiency for your desktop PSU

    A desktop power-supply unit (PSU) usually consists of a front-end power factor correction (PFC) stage and an isolated DC/DC stage. In the 80+ Platinum, 93% Efficiency, Super Transient 450W AC/DC Reference Design with Single-Layer PCB , the circuit consists of a continuous-conduction-mode PFC stage (the UCC28180 PFC controller) and a half-bridge resonant...
    • Oct 20, 2017

    Never lose your luggage again with a smart tracker design

    Many of you may have experienced lost luggage when traveling by plane. Statistics say that more than six pieces of luggage out of every 1,000 shipped do not reach their correct destination airport. That’s 60,000 pieces of lost luggage a day, or 23 million pieces a year. Container logistics have a similar record with an even greater financial...