The latest from TI experts on our innovative industrial systems designs and solutions.
    • Oct 18, 2017

    How energy harvesting can extend the life of your fault indicator on the grid

    Fault indicators are extensively used in grid infrastructure for monitoring overhead and underground transmission lines. These indicators monitor the current flowing in each phase and send commands to circuit breakers upstream to trip when they detect the passage of faulty currents. While some fault indicators flash light-emitting diodes (LEDs) to...
    • Sep 26, 2017

    Using ultrasonic technology for flow measurement

    Ultrasonic technology has been in use for over a hundred years in several civil, medical and military applications. Almost everyone in the developed world has experienced medical ultrasonic technology (even before birth!); however, most recent advancements and use cases have been in automation for industrial and automotive markets. It’s amazing...
    • Sep 21, 2017

    Predicting maintenance needs with wireless motor monitors

    Many places, including factories, office buildings and large stores, require the operation of industrial motors to control ventilation and operate escalators, elevators and other machinery. These motors require periodic maintenance that can often prove expensive, while also causing downtime that can interrupt and delay important tasks. Monitoring motors...
    • Sep 19, 2017

    For efficiencies’ sake – how to integrate bidirectional power flow into your UPS design (part 2)

    In part 1 of this series , I discussed how to integrate bidirectional power flow into your uninterruptible power supply (UPS) designs. In this second installment, I will look more closely at the topology used in the 2kW, 48V to 400V, >93% Efficiency, Isolated Bidirectional DC/DC Converter Reference Design for UPS and battery backup applications....
    • Sep 14, 2017

    mmWave sensors make cities smarter

    According to a paper published by the United Nations, the world’s population is projected to grow to reach 9.1 billion people in 2050 –2 billion more people than there are today. The current migration of the world’s population to urban centers will continue at an accelerated pace. In fact, projections estimate that 70 percent of the...
    • Sep 13, 2017

    Simplify your power storage design with these Fly-Buck™ power tips

    Traditionally, designers have used flyback converters and push-pull drivers with transformers for generating an isolated power supply. The Fly-Buck™ converter (or isolated buck converter) has gained popularity as a low-power isolated bias solution because of its simplicity, ease of implementation and low bill of materials (BOM) cost for uninterruptable...
    • Sep 7, 2017

    Reducing factory downtime with predictive maintenance for industrial Ethernet

    Factory production lines that go down unexpectedly due to automation technology failures are expensive for factory owners. Production stops, the assembly line workers are idle and the service engineers need to find the root cause as quickly as possible. Many failures in automation technology are caused by worn-out industrial communication Ethernet...
    • Aug 28, 2017

    Sync your multichannel data acquisition systems up to 15GHz

    Most advanced systems like digital oscilloscopes (DSOs), phased-array radars and 5G wireless testers require multiple synchronized signal chains that include high-speed (gigasamples per second) analog-to-digital converters (ADCs) and digital-to-analog converters (DACs). The JESD204B interface simplifies the process for synchronizing multichannel systems...
    • Aug 22, 2017

    Using mmWave technology to enable sense and avoidance in drones

    Despite the great advantages to be gained from the use of drones in civil applications, such as weather forecasting, package delivery and 3-D mapping, the drone industry faces a dual challenge: the demand for both safer flights and lower prices. Most drones on the market today are not equipped with sense-and-avoid (SAA) technology and pose potential...
    • Aug 17, 2017

    Designing with PIR motion detectors: part 1

    Imagine waking up in the middle of the night to find that all of your motion-sensitive lights have suddenly turned on. Now you’re stuck wondering whether there is a stranger in your home or if Fluffy the dog simply triggered the lights while on a quest for a midnight snack. This is just one example of why false trigger avoidance is necessary in...