Announcing the TI Community Awards for April 2015!Recognizing and growing a stronger global TI Community as part of the TI and E2E Reward & Recognition Program.
We thank all of our TI Community Members around the world and across the TI E2E Community for their continued participation, solution sharing and collaboration around Texas Instrument product families.
YiKai Chen (E2E Profile)
This makes 5 consecutive months now for YiKai Chen as the TI Community Member of the Month for their excellent participation on the TI E2E Community! The TI Wireless Connectivity Community continues to grow and thrive thanks to YiKai Chen! Especially in the ZigBee®, 6LoWPAN & 802.15.4 MAC Forum and also in the Bluetooth® Low Energy and Low Power RF Tools Forums they are often the first friendly voice sharing solutions, tips and more. You can learn more about YiKai Chen here. YiKai was previously recognized as the Overall TI Community Member of the Month for March 2015.
Chuck Sampson (E2E Profile)
Chuck Sampson is the TI Analog Community Member of the Month! Thanks to the continued contributions, solution sharing and tips from Chuck Sampson in the AC/DC and Isolated DC/DC Power and Non-Isolated DC/DC Forums on E2E. The TI Analog Community continues to grow thanks to Chuck. They were previously recognized as the TI Analog Community Member of the Month for December 2014.
Ravikiran HV (E2E Profile)
Ravikiran HV continues to be the TI Design Network Community Member of the Month (throughout 2015 so far and counting)! Their timely participation and quick tips on the DM3x DaVinci Video Processor and DM814x and AM387x Processors is greatly appreciated! Ravikiran was previously recognized as the TI Design Network Community Member of the Month for March 2015.
Gautam Iyer (E2E Profile)
Much like YiKai Chen, Gautam Iyer is a resident TI Community superstar! Gautam continues to energize the TI MCU Community especially with their contributions and timely solution sharing in the C2000 and Code Composer Studio Forums. You can learn more about Gautam Iyer here. Gautam was previously recognized as the TI Processors Community Member of the Month for March 2015.
Glenn Vassallo (E2E Profile)
4 consecutive months in a row and counting now for TI Community Member Glenn Vassallo being recognized as the TI Wireless Community Member of the Month (all of 2015)! Thanks to Glenn for continuing to grow the TI E2E Community SimpleLink™ WiFi CC31xx/CC32xx Community on its E2E Forum. Glenn put together this training video "Make Every IoT Device Connected: SimpleLink Wi-Fi CC3200" and presentation. Glenn was previously recognized as an E2E Wireless Community Member of the Month for March 2015.
Lukasz (E2E Profile)
When he's not sharing entire MSP430 training courses he built on the E2E MSP Forum, Lukasz is writing for the largest technical newspaper in Poland in "Elektronika Praktyczna" covering TI MCU and Wireless Connectivity product families like MSP430, TM4C and SimpleLink CC3200. They also write frequently about TI on Mikrokontroler. Speaking of the SimpleLink CC3200 be sure to check out their Umbrella project with it here on Element14. Their in-depth articles, projects and training series online covering TI in addition to their E2E participation is an enormous undertaking that new and advanced TI Community Members around the world can learn and grow with as an ongoing knowledge sharing resource. This marks the 1st TI Community Award for Lukasz.
The solar energy generator with TI TMS320F28035 by Nathaniel VerLee
Nathaniel Verlee develops a platform that can be used as a power source for systems that do not have access to the grid, and it can also take the systems that are normally connected off of the grid.
The implementation of this complex system has different components, all designed by Nathaniel. As part of the work, he's creating BoosterPacks with TI components.
The control system is a LaunchPad TMS320F28035. This controller is suitable for real-time processing and digital power applications.
Nathaniel Verlee commented on his blog that this is the reason that he chose to work with this MCU.
These products were used in the design:
What have Martin and Jan been up to lately?Martin made a Electromyography Signal DSP with a TI Hercules LaunchPad Type 2.
Jan measured Eclipse 2015 with a standard Hercules LaunchPad and just the Project0 ADC code.
The growing TI Community from Martin Valencia
Last month we featured a TI Community Highlight from Guatemala and this month we feature one coming out of Peru and Martin Valencia. The TI Community driven effort led by Martin Valencia out of Peru aimed at global Latin speaking audiences has been amazing to watch grow over the past few months since I first became aware of it thanks to Jan Cumps. Martin is prolific in posting projects, tips, how-to videos, Blog posts and more across his YouTube Channel (60+ videos and counting), Facebook Community Page and on his Element14 Blog. His TI Community driven content covers Code Composer Studio, Hercules, MSP430, CC3200 and more that exposes knowledge sharing from curious to new to existing Latin audiences around the world in a language they can easily follow along with while learning. It's our honor to recognize this month and highlight the excellent TI driven Community efforts of Martin! We also thank Martin for their ongoing contribution with Jan in selecting a new J&M Project Pick of the Month.
Tell us more about yourself and your Community efforts on YouTube, Facebook and Element14?
Martin Valencia: As many TI Community Members might already know I'm from Peru. The city where I was born is Arequipa which is a beautiful city full of volcanoes. Everything is really quiet here and currently I'm finishing my electronic engineering studies specializing in automatic control.
My Facebook Community page "ElectronAplica" currently has the purpose of sharing information about circuits that are developed with Texas Instruments MCUs in Latin America. We share the information in Spanish language including codes of programming. There are three web managers including me and we are all students of the same university.
Sometimes we all get together on the weekends and perform events and activities with MCUs, and then we record it on video and post to my YouTube Channel. My participation in Element14 started this year where I like the idea of sharing and trying to find different pages where I can show my work and get feedback :)
When did you start these Community efforts and what inspired you to do so?
Martin Valencia: It all started in 2012 when I was in the 3rd year of my college when I assembled my first circuit with MCU and wanted to share it with others and encourage them to also try to do the same. Gradually some colleagues joined my idea and I accompanied them in jobs for college which then motivated me to create a Facebook Community page where every weekend we climbed a new and totally different project from the previous work. We always aimed to develop new things that we had not tried before. Slowly this led us to meet people from different parts of the world and as well as share information with Latin-speaking people.
What has the response been to your efforts on these Social Networks and Communities?
Martin Valencia: Well, I always took the answers positively and tried to apply the advice given to me.
Usually I always recieved good comments from people who are interested in my ideas and circuits. Others gave me tips to improve my work which were really are good ideas that led me to develop even more new things.
I've received comments and feedback from Chile, Mexico, Guatemala and various Latin American countries. Their ways of interpreting datasheets and how to analyze electronics varied and helped me to learn to see things from different points of view. This expanded my thinking and desire to share information to this growing community.
What have been some of your favorite projects you've done of late or videos you've posted on your YouTube Channel?
Martin Valencia: A project that I really liked was developing a PLC with the TivaC123G. This was a project that took me months to design because it had the purpose of operating in a textile factory where there were many setbacks as a result of only having 2 people that worked on the project coupled with high expectations for the final machine.
At the end we achieved the goal and met all expectations of the chief manufactures. This project is currently being used in the factory.
How did you get into using TI parts and especially the Hercules LaunchPad?
Martin Valencia: It all started watching my teacher educate us on "electromagnetic fields." I have extensive experience with microcontrollers and many developed circuits. I had a great desire to be reliable to do what my teacher. So one afternoon in 2012 I bought a pickit 1 (Microchip) and my first microcontroller PIC16F84A (which still exists in my country). I learned to program in assembly language and as we all started with LEDs on and off. I was really excited when I saw everything running.
Gradually I advanced in microcontrollers. Then on one afternoon a fellow student told me about the MSP430G priced at $5.00 with free shipping and... hehehe... I could not miss this great opportunity so I bought my first TI MCU. When i had it in my hands I could see more processing power and new ideas for circuits. I then a visited the TI Launchpad page and saw the great family of MCU that existed. In particular what caught my attention was the TivaC123G and Hercules. These two families helped give me a great opportunity to take a big step into something new and unknown. The Hercules RM42 family especially appealed to me with its great power calculation and its applications to medical and power electronics.
After searching for online tutorials on how to use Hercules, I discovered videos of Jan Cumps which were very helpful in my learning. I could manage several projects with the help of Jan.
Any thoughts on the new CC2650STK SensorTag?
Martin Valencia: The new SensorTag is fantastic and really helpful. I work in the area of Bio-engineering of a hospital and it's necessary to measure the temperature of the cradles for babies born prematurely, I use the new SensorTag to measure the ambient temperature inside the crib and the level of light. The various parameters that the new SensorTag gives me are useful in other areas of my work as well. I recommend it.
"Never leave home without your SensorTag, hehe"
What's the Community around TI parts and LaunchPads where you are and where do you see it evolving to in the coming years especially given the global nature of information and project sharing these days?
Martin Valencia: Texas Instruments is entering Latin America with force, especially its Microcontrollers which are becoming increasingly popular every day for their high processing capacity and different families.
To be more precise in my country the best known brands are Microchip (PIC) and Atmel (Arduino), but now are entering into even more new electronic products and I hope next year TI has more influence in the Peruvian market since their products are really needed here.
Rick Kimball (E2E Profile)
Thanks to Rick Kimball as a 1st time TI Community award winner for their participation, tips and solution sharing on the MSP Forum.
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Well done guys!
wow, this is exciting :)
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