The latest from TI experts on our innovative industrial systems designs and solutions.
    • Apr 19, 2019

    Get smart: How intelligent battery gauges improve battery life in continuous glucose monitors

    Sanjay Pithadia co-authored this blog post. A high or a low blood glucose level in the body can cause serious health threats, so it makes monitoring glucose levels a high priority. And with more than 150 million people around the world with diabetes, the need for personal portable blood glucose monitors (BGMs) is great. A continuous glucose monitor...
    • Apr 17, 2019

    Motor control software development kit jump-starts new designs

    C2000™ microcontrollers (MCUs) have been used to control motors in a huge variety of applications for over 25 years. These motors are primarily three-phase synchronous or asynchronous, and typically controlled using a technique called field-oriented control (FOC) to minimize power usage by providing efficient torque production. They are used in...
    • Apr 8, 2019

    Intelligent sensing at the edge enables smarter autonomous robots

    This post was co-authored with Lali Jayatilleke In my last blog post , I discussed how TI’s millimeter-wave (mmWave) sensors provide intelligence at the edge for robotic arms in factories. Now, I’d like to discuss how mmWave technology provides intelligence at the edge for autonomous robots, enabling the sensors to make real-time decisions...
    • Apr 7, 2019

    Robots get wheels to address new challenges and functions

    This post was co-authored with Lali Jayatilleke. With logistics centers multiplying to keep up with the growth of online shopping, so are the numbers of wheeled robots which handle many of the strenuous tasks in those logistics centers. The next challenge those robots on wheels address are the last kilometer delivery to help reduce the congestion...
    • Apr 4, 2019

    Three considerations for achieving high efficiency and reliability in industrial AC/DC power supplies

    Industrial power supplies need to be highly efficient, reliable and flexible over broad operating conditions. One of the first criteria is efficiency. Low thermal dissipation results in higher efficiency, which enables systems to forego the fan and operate satisfactorily with natural methods of cooling. This helps to achieve high system efficiency and...
    • Mar 26, 2019

    Interlocking gate drivers for improving the robustness of three-phase inverters

    Variable frequency drives (VFDs) are a key part of industrial automation machinery. They help drive pumps, fans, conveyor belts, computer numeric control machines and robotic automation solutions efficiently, helping reduce a factory’s total energy consumption. Downtime in a VFD directly translates to machinery downtime, which can lead to factory...
    • Mar 22, 2019

    Designing the elevators of the future

    According to the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs , two-thirds of the world’s population will live in cities by 2050. With a fast-growing trend toward urbanization, smart people-sensing technologies in buildings such as artificial intelligence, computer vision and people counting can help improve mobility, reduce inefficiency...
    • Mar 21, 2019

    3 ways TI DLP® technology is revolutionizing industrial printing and production

    To meet the increasing demands of industrial imaging and printing, manufacturing solutions must be able to produce complex, high-resolution 2D images with consistent quality at a very fast rate. DLP technology is already used in high throughput 3D printing and printed circuit board (PCB) lithography using ultraviolet light sources. Extending support...
    • Mar 7, 2019

    Power to the pedal: Achieving longer-lasting 13S, 48-V lithium-ion battery packs for e-bikes and e-scooters

    The rise in popularity of e-bikes and e-scooters demands an increasing need for longer-lasting e-bike/e-scooter battery packs. A longer run time allows for further travel and less frequent charging. To achieve longer-lasting lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries, you can choose one of two methods: either increase the total battery capacity or improve the...
    • Mar 5, 2019

    Gain ultra-high power density for 100-W USB Power Delivery adapters

    The USB Power Delivery (PD) standard enables power delivery via USB up to 100 W, which is sufficient enough to drive high power rated devices like laptops, monitors and DLP® movie projectors. USB PD adapters traditionally use an inductor-inductor-capacitor (LLC) or quasi-resonant (QR) flyback for isolated DC/DC conversion. The benefit of an LLC...