The latest from TI experts on our innovative industrial systems designs and solutions.
    • Jan 25, 2017

    Automation and Gateways with Scalable Sitara Processors

    As connectivity between devices continues to rise, there is a clear need for centralized data collection and processing gateways. Central networking hubs not only need to make local decisions and provide instruction to end node devices, but they must also access the vast computer power of cloud networks. Take for example the case of existing smart...
    • Jan 11, 2017

    How to design with isolated LVDS in your industrial system

    Isolation, as you know, is used in a wide variety of applications: to protect human operators and low-voltage circuitry from high voltages, to improve robustness to noise, and to handle ground potential differences between communicating subsystems. A myriad of isolation products exist in the market: digital isolators, isolated controller area network...
    • Jan 4, 2017

    IoT is making buildings greener and more intelligent. Value versus affordability

    At a basic level a building -- whether it was a primitive shelter or a modern steel and glass structure -- is expected to provide a comfortable space for its occupants inside. The Internet of Things (IoT) transforms buildings from just being a ‘container’ for its occupants to being more cognitive and thus helping the occupants be more productive...
    • Dec 20, 2016

    Pile on to a charger – my EV needs power

    Whenever I have a conversation about electric vehicles (EVs), I often hear the opinion that these vehicles do not have enough range to drive long distances. To a large extent that is true, even though Tesla and several other car vendors are rolling out vehicles in the +200-mile range. But there is also another impediment that reduces the attractiveness...
    • Dec 8, 2016

    Predictive maintenance solutions for HVAC filter replacement – part 2

    In part one of this series, I discussed a TI reference design used for predictive maintenance with respect to filter changes. One of the most obvious questions that comes to mind is, “How can this design be implemented on any system and still give accurate results?” The most logical way (no pun intended) is to implement a software-based...
    • Dec 6, 2016

    RS-485 basics: two ways to fail-safe bias your network

    In the last installment of this series , I discussed when you need terminations in an RS-485 network and how to implement both standard and AC termination schemes. In this installment, I will explore two common ways to handle idle bus conditions so that there is a guaranteed logical state on the bus. Because RS-485 is a multipoint topology network...
    • Dec 5, 2016

    Industrial innovation on display at SPS IPC Drives

    German design engineers often associate November with electronica (even though it's an every other year event), but the "other big industrial conference" designers anticipate is the SPS IPC Drives show in Nürnberg. TI recently showed off several innovative technologies to thousands of attendees, including eye-catcher demos such as...
    • Nov 21, 2016

    New simple open real-time Ethernet (SORTE) protocol supports 4µs cycle time

    When we talk about industrial or real-time Ethernet, we often refer to industrial Ethernet standards like EtherCAT, PROFINET, Ethernet/IP, Sercos III and Ethernet PowerLink. I have written about them in my Industrial Ethernet blog series on the Industrial Strength blog. These industrial Ethernet standards support a minimum cycle time in the tens...
    • Nov 17, 2016

    How termination can improve EMC performance in a CAN transceiver

    Welcome to the fifth post in this series about the controller area network (CAN) . In my last post, I focused on why termination is important with CAN . In this post, I’ll build off the previous termination topic and talk about how split-mode terminations can improve the electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) performance of a CAN installation for...
    • Nov 14, 2016

    Predictive maintenance solutions for HVAC filter replacement – part 1

    As the wheels of technology continue to roll forward, advances in the HVAC industry are shifting away from historically mechanical improvements and innovations to more electronic-based advances. One of the emerging technologies found in systems today is focused on predictive maintenance for maximizing energy efficiency. One of the easiest ways to...