Recent blog posts
  • The Process
    • May 26, 2017

    A primer in voice interface technology

    Voice interfaces have emerged as an exciting new spin on how users interact with computers. How do these new systems work? What are the hardware requirements for creating such a device? As voice-controlled interfaces become more and more ubiquitous, I've dug in a little deeper to provide some insight into the technology that makes these devices...
  • Power House
    • May 25, 2017

    LDO basics: Current limit

    The key goal of DC power management is to provide a regulated, steady voltage for the slew of electronic content present in any system. This is particularly true for low-dropout regulators (LDOs), as they can achieve a regulated voltage while supplying current as needed. There are external conditions and scenarios where an LDO might experience an...
  • MSP Low-Power Plays
    • May 25, 2017

    Why knock on wood when touch will do?

    Maybe you didn’t know it, but a sleek new user interface is coming to your dinner table. Seriously, furniture manufacturers are increasingly turning to touch technology to modernize the staid old furnishings that have been their stock in trade ...
  • Industrial Strength
    • May 25, 2017

    Small doesn’t mean you compromise performance

    A couple of years ago, when I was working with interfaces in the industrial market, the size of the device package was never a showstopper. Fast-forward a few years, and device package size is sometimes a deciding factor as to whether you can use it in your application. Industrial application functionality is increasing while size is decreasing,...
  • Power House
    • May 24, 2017

    Comparing Bode plots in D-CAP3™ control mode

    Converter stability is a primary requirement for any synchronous buck converter design. Confirming converter stability requires that you derive the small-signal transfer function and measure the Bode plot of a closed-loop system. It is possible to derive the small-signal transfer function rigorously using complicated mathematic equations; the results...
  • ConnecTIng Wirelessly
    • May 24, 2017

    Bringing Bluetooth® 5 to broader markets with the first CC2640R2F-based certified module

    At the onset of 2017, the release of Bluetooth® 5 turned heads with its offerings of longer range and faster data throughput . And TI’s CC2640R2F wireless microcontroller (MCU) was the first to place this new technology in the hands of development engineers. The Laird SaBLE-x-R2 certified module, based on this device, helps simplify the...
  • Think. Innovate
    • May 23, 2017

    Top 6 ways DIYers are making the world more fun!

    Happy Geek Week! At TI, DIYers are continually making the world safer, smarter, greener, healthier and, of course, more fun. This week, we’re celebrating makers with the top 6 ways our DIYers are making the world more fun. Check out the list an...
  • Motor Drive & Control
    • May 23, 2017

    Demand for higher power density drives innovative power tool solution

    There has been a big shift in the preferred configuration for DC motors in power tools away from brushed DC toward more reliable and efficient brushless DC (BLDC) solutions. Typical brushed DC topologies like chopper configurations often implement on...
  • Industrial Strength
    • May 23, 2017

    Collecting environmental data with less energy and wiring

    Collecting data from the surrounding environment can be beneficial if you want to understand changes in environmental factors caused by building-automation algorithms and gather more sensor data relating to the security of the structure. One problem with adding more sensors to a building is the vast amount of cabling required to power and communicate...
  • University Program
    • May 22, 2017

    6 tips from TI leaders

    You’ve walked across the stage to receive your diploma. You’ve tossed your cap in the air. You’ve done it – you graduated . Now what? Have no fear! We’ve gathered up 6 tips from TI leaders on how to carry your successes into your next phase of life – the first job. 1. Be curious. Never stop asking questions...
  • Think. Innovate
    • May 19, 2017

    Bluetooth 5 breaks connectivity barriers

    The Bluetooth® that has connected much of your life is transforming. No longer is it simply a personal network for listening to music wirelessly or talking on the phone a few feet from your device. Enter Bluetooth 5 . With standards developed thro...
  • Power House
    • May 18, 2017

    Lightning-fast internally-compensated ACM topology – what can it do for you?

    Internally compensated advanced current mode (ACM) is a new control topology from Texas Instruments that supports true fixed-frequency modulation and synchronization with internal compensation. Fundamentally, it is similar to emulated peak-current-mo...
  • ConnecTIng Wirelessly
    • May 17, 2017

    SimpleLink™ MCU SDKs: RTOS and POSIX

    Welcome to the second installment in a series of blog posts that will review the major components of the SimpleLink™ microcontroller (MCU) platform’s software development kits (SDKs). These SDKs feature common components and device-specific middleware that speed time to market and provide a unified development experience across the entire...
  • The Process
    • May 17, 2017

    Miniaturization of mmWave sensors enabled by CMOS technology

    Most commercial radar systems, specifically those in advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), are based on silicon-germanium (SiGe) technology. Today’s high-end vehicles feature a multichip SiGe radar system. While SiGe radar systems meet the...
  • Think. Innovate
    • May 16, 2017

    New mmWave sensors offer unprecedented accuracy for automotive, industrial applications

    The world is changing. You can see it on the roads, in buildings and in cities. Meeting that change is a new family of highly accurate, single-chip millimeter-wave (mmWave) sensors enabling applications ranging from automotive radar to industrial au...