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  • Think. Innovate
    • Apr 25, 2017

    Portraits of success: Lancaster school district helps students realize STEM success

    When you ask Trevor Johnson what he wants to be when he grows up, the answer is simple: A “world-changer.” How will he change the world? Through electrical engineering, he says. The soon-to-graduate senior at Lancaster High School near Da...
  • Power House
    • Apr 24, 2017

    Small and efficient power supply for the Altera™ MAX® 10 FPGA

    Are you designing with Altera’s™ MAX® 10 FPGA? If so, you probably just want a small, efficient and proven power solution without having to devote much thought or design time to it. The power supply should be simple and small enough to fit on a fraction of your printed circuit board (PCB) and efficient enough to not require heat sinks...
  • Analog Wire
    • Apr 24, 2017

    Quick fixes to common I2C headaches

    If you’ve ever programmed anything in your life, you know the feeling of relief that comes with writing your code and having it work with no errors on your first try. Back in the days of Computer Science 101, this was much more feasible. Unfort...
  • Industrial Strength
    • Apr 21, 2017

    Industrial Communications: CAN you do IEC 61131-3 PLC programming with BeagleBone?

    Factory automation and control applications used the Controller Area Network (CAN) and CANopen protocols as field buses long before the invention of industrial Ethernet. When used as a communication field bus, these protocols connect the programmable logic controller (PLC) to digital input/outputs (I/Os), motor drives, sensors and actuators. Bosch...
  • Power House
    • Apr 21, 2017

    Design competitive USB OTG power supply

    Universal Serial Bus or “USB” has been around for a long time; at the very beginning, USB had exclusive primary and secondary hosts. The primary data transmission was mainly from the PC and the secondary transmission was to mobile phones, mice or keyboards. With the development of consumer electronics, however, the demand for data transmission...
  • ConnecTIng Wirelessly
    • Apr 21, 2017

    Designing a reliable grid edge for distributed energy resources

    The smart grid today has pushed utilities to their limit. With the emergence of distributed energy resources (DER) and atypical loads, the operation and construction of the power grid needs revamping. The current approach for solving these challenges is based on a centralized architecture: deploy connected devices, communicate with the cloud, then have...
  • Precision Hub
    • Apr 21, 2017

    Zero out your system error with zero drift, zero crossover and zero hassle

    This post is co-authored by Richard Barthel and Errol Leon . In applications such as position sensors, data-acquisition systems and resistance temperature detectors (RTDs), it is important to design with high precision in mind. In many cases, designing with precision integrated circuits (ICs) reduces signal-chain complexity, lowers the external component...
  • Enlightened: The TI DLP® Blog
    • Apr 20, 2017

    Laser focus on the future of TV

    One thing that never seems to change is that technology continues to evolve. There is always the next big thing. When I think about traditional TVs, I wonder, what’s next? Everyone wants a big screen TV but when do they become so big that they are not manageable and too hard to move? The answer to both of these questions very well could be Laser...
  • ConnecTIng Wirelessly
    • Apr 19, 2017

    Simplified software development with TI’s CC2640R2F wireless MCU

    It’s called a SimpleLink™ microcontroller (MCU), but is it really simple to use? The answer is yes. The CC2640R2F is part of the SimpleLink MCU platform, which fosters unified software development with rich documentation and fast evaluation in a cloud-based integrated development environment (IDE). Building on that foundation, a plethora...
  • Analog Wire
    • Apr 18, 2017

    Three reasons why a bidirectional I/O will simplify your next 4K video design

    As 4K video becomes the norm for the professional video industry, high-quality serial digital interface (SDI) components and meticulous board layout are imperative for a high-performance end product. In addition, flexibility, scalability and cost savings are necessary to maximize design reuse, whether you are looking to expand your 12G product portfolio...
  • MSP Low-Power Plays
    • Apr 18, 2017

    Step 4 to building a smart thermostat using an MCU – adding HMI

    Co-authored by Bhargavi Nisarga , Systems Engineer at TI Why HMI? - Adding the interface In our first three blog posts we helped you to get started with a smart thermostat application. By now, you should be able to sample the temperature data po...
  • Think. Innovate
    • Apr 18, 2017

    It’s easier being green: Innovations in circuit-level power design create a conduit to more energy efficiency

    You’ve probably felt a twinge when you see them: the small red power light on your high-definition television or the phone charger you forgot to unplug. You know the vampire current is sucking just a little electricity and that your carbon foot...
  • Industrial Strength
    • Apr 17, 2017

    Moving to the next level of factory automation

    My last post on robotics was all about which types of robots exist and how they are different. To quickly recap: Industrial robots are normally fixed to a position and designed to perform repetitive tasks quickly and with high accuracy. They are controlled by a robot controller placed in the base of, or next to, a robot arm. Collaborative robots...
  • ConnecTIng Wirelessly
    • Apr 14, 2017

    Latest Energia version brings Arduino-compatible APIs to the SimpleLink™ MCU platform

    Energia is a TI and community-driven software framework integrated development environment (IDE) that provides Wiring/Arduino-compatible application program interfaces (APIs) to various TI microcontrollers (MCUs), including those found in the newly expanded SimpleLink™ platform. By adopting the Wiring/Arduino framework, you can leverage a large...
  • Power House
    • Apr 13, 2017

    Design advantage of D-CAP control topology

    Texas Instruments first implemented the D-CAP™ control topology in 2004 on a double-data-rate (DDR) controller, the TPS51116 . TI developed D-CAP technology as a form of current-mode control using the output capacitor equivalent series resistance (ESR) as the sense element. The name “D-CAP” refers to the current information that’s...