The latest from TI experts on our innovative industrial systems designs and solutions.
    • Jul 12, 2018

    Designing efficient, high-performing appliances with BLDC motors

    Today, the awareness of the environment and energy savings is as high as ever before. New generations of large household appliances such as washers, dryers and refrigerators must have higher performance parameters such as better efficiency and reduced electromagnetic interference. System flexibility must be high to facilitate market modifications and...
    • Jul 11, 2018

    A cost-effective option to get started with integrated position sensing

    Starting with the C2000™ Delfino™ TMS320F28379D and TMS320F28379S microcontrollers (MCUs) and now with the F280049C and F280041C , TI delivers DesignDRIVE Position Manager solutions for today’s most popular off-the-shelf analog and digital position sensor interfaces (Figure 1). Figure 1: DesignDRIVE position manager solutions ...
    • Jul 10, 2018

    A modular view of an LED lighting control design

    In a previous blog post , I introduced a LED Lighting Control Reference Design for Machine Vision . In this post, I’d like to elaborate a bit about it, following the same modular approach that our team followed during the design process . Easily digestible tidbits During the design process, we packaged details into smaller subcircuits and...
    • Jun 29, 2018

    No strings attached: Creating next-generation wireless patient monitors

    Electrocardiogram (ECG) or photoplethysmograph (PPG) wearable monitoring systems have become increasingly popular in recent years. Heart-rate monitors, pulse oximeters and activity trackers are commercially available and already play an important role in everyday life. A wearable monitor significantly improves patient comfort by replacing long, cumbersome...
    • Jun 28, 2018

    Using dynamic headroom control for industrial lighting applications

    LED signage and lighting applications such as industrial stack lights you might know from industrial machinery or big LED displays that are used in stadiums have a common problem of limited possibilities for power dissipation. It’s important in industrial environments that these lights and signage are able to dissipate the heat that is generated...
    • Jun 27, 2018

    Real-time sensing doesn’t have to consume a lot of energy

    People mostly associate smart meters with electric meters (e-meters), but after seeing the benefits that smart meters brought to the e-meters market – delivering real-time consumption data to consumers so they could manage their usage and fighting against theft through tamper detection – consumers want the same benefits in water and gas...
    • Jun 21, 2018

    How to manage processor power during uncontrolled power off

    Next-generation smart appliances are getting smarter, thanks to breakthroughs in wireless connectivity and human machine interface. Processors with highly integrated graphic accelerators, like Sitara™ AM335x processors can help you realize better touch interfaces, bigger screens with higher resolution and high-definition cameras. Processors with...
    • Jun 19, 2018

    Fast Current Loop performance: better than we thought, and measurable in your own lab

    In June 2017, I posted about unprecedented current-loop performance from an off-the-shelf microcontroller (MCU) achieved by the C2000™ family with the fast current loop (FCL) software solution. Closing the current loop in less than 1ms had previously been the domain of custom application-specific integrated circuit (ASIC) and field-programmable...
    • Jun 12, 2018

    The gap in wireless communications: ultra-reliability and low latency

    During the last few decades, wireless communications have evolved to enable more and more applications, including the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). This evolution has corresponded to the needs and interests of industrial players, who seek to modernize factories. For instance, low-power wide-area (LPWA) networks enable the gathering of tons of...
    • Jun 7, 2018

    Real-time control meets real-time industrial communications development – part 3

    In part 1 of this blog series , I gave an overview of the market opportunity for EtherCAT® slave stack support on C2000™ microcontrollers (MCUs) and an introduction to a three-phased solution to jump-start slave stack development. In part 2 , I outlined what is different and compelling about the TI C2000 MCU EtherCAT implementation. In this...