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    • Apr 15, 2015

    The evolution of electronic prototyping

    Figure 1: Solderless breadboard (source: Wikipedia) The breadboard…. A relic from days long past, at least that’s what you hear many people say. Everyone remembers their university class, generally an “Electronics 101” type of class, where they were asked to build some sort of circuit on a breadboard (mine was an adder) and...
    • Apr 10, 2015

    Driving motorized innovation

    Did you know that there are more than eight billion electric motors spinning tools, machines, appliances and more that touch our lives every day? Making these motor applications more efficient could save up to 14 percent of our global energy consumption, and reduce our annual carbon footprint by over 80 metric tons. TI is helping motor drive system...
    • Mar 27, 2015

    Optimized thermal design for three-phase motor drives in power tools – Part 1

    Everyone loves power tools, whether cordless or corded. Cordless tools can use brushed or brushless DC (BLDC) motors . But, brushless motors are more efficient and have less maintenance, low noise and a longer life. In this two-part blog series, we will first discuss the basics of thermal design for three-phase motor drives used in these power tools...
    • Mar 14, 2015

    Divide and conquer your battery-powered designs

    Many times in life we are met with challenges that seem to come all at once. In emergency rooms, they use terms like “triage” where degrees of urgency are assigned to individual patients to determine the necessary order of care. For example, someone attacked by a grizzly bear gets treated before the child with a sore throat. Makes perfect...
    • Mar 6, 2015

    Learn More About Brushed DC Motors With The BOOST-DRV8848

    The number of different motors in the world is mind boggling. We showed you some of the more exotic ones in a previous post , but this barely scratches the surface. Whatever your motor type, we want you to get your motor up and running without all the fuss of complicated motor system design. Although we can’t cover every motor out there, we...
    • Feb 19, 2015

    Start your BLDC journey with motor startup (Part III): Initial position detection (IPD)

    In part I and part II of this blog series, we talked about ‘blind’ startup of a motor, which is an easy approach but has certain limitations. If the application can’t accept the blades going back and forth (as in ceiling or pedestal fans) or reverse spinning is prohibited (for example HDD motor or VCM), you should consider initial...
    • Feb 6, 2015

    Is your IGBT gate-driver power supply optimized? – Part 2

    In part 1 of this series, we discussed how to correctly select the control voltage for an IGBT. This time, you’ll learn more about the isolation requirements and how to calculate the correct IGBT drive power. For any industrial motor dri...
    • Jan 22, 2015

    Step-by-step: Multi-axis speed and position control

    Guest post by Adam Reynolds, Application Engineer, LineStream technologies Have you wondered how to design real-time velocity and position control applications? In this blog post, we’re going to show you, step by step, how to achieve opt...
    • Jan 16, 2015

    Making Ideas Real. 3D Printer Technology From TI!

    3-D printing technology has exploded over the last few years! It seems as if every other day you are hearing a new story where 3-D printing is taking the lead. Just recently, I read about the first 3-D printer in space. NASA hopes that 3-D printing w...
    • Jan 8, 2015

    How to design your refrigerator motor drive

    Motors are found almost everywhere in our daily life. If you take a look inside a common home appliance, like a refrigerator, you’ll find some fancy applications of stepper and BLDC motors, the damper and the BLDC fan. These play very important...