Recent blog posts
  • Power House
    • Mar 25, 2017

    Rethink compute density with GaN

    According to a report published by the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in 2016, data centers across the United States consumed a whopping 70 billion kWh of energy in 2014. It comes as no surprise that the industry is continuously looking for ways to increase power efficiency and density. Higher efficiency saves both electrical and major operational...
  • Precision Hub
    • Mar 24, 2017

    How to enable high-accuracy CW Doppler through discrete, precision data converters

    Medical ultrasound is a noninvasive method of imaging the body’s internal structures (like organs) by transmitting high-frequency waves and measuring the reflections that occur at various boundaries within, such as between bone and muscle. Ther...
  • Analog Wire
    • Mar 23, 2017

    Can a clock generator act as a jitter cleaner?

    I’m excited to have the opportunity to address clock generators and jitter cleaners. My goal is that after reading this post, you will not stereotype a clock generator as a device that can’t also perform jitter cleaning. I will discuss the difference between clock generators and jitter cleaners, cover some key points about phase-locked loops...
  • Enlightened: The TI DLP® Blog
    • Mar 23, 2017

    Emerging industrial innovations using DMDs

    I had the privilege of representing Texas Instruments and chairing a conference titled “Emerging DMD-Based Systems and Applications” at SPIE Photonics West this year. Photonics West is a huge conference with over 20,000 attendees, 4,800 papers presented, 1,300 company exhibitions and three conference groupings (BIOS, LASE, and OPTO). I continue...
  • Power House
    • Mar 23, 2017

    Know your gate driver

    I hope you’ve had a chance to watch our video series, “ Know Your Gate Driver .” Although often overlooked, gate drivers are responsible for a lot of the heavy lifting in systems like power supplies and motor-control systems. I like to think of a gate driver as a muscle ! The video series explains how while highlighting key gate-driver...
  • Industrial Strength
    • Mar 22, 2017

    Cool down your industrial system design with integrated data and power isolation

    Winters are getting shorter and temperatures are on the rise, and I think you’ll agree with me that overheating is never a good thing. Whether it’s human beings, equipment or pizza, you never want anything to be too hot. As the demands on industrial applications – such as factory automation and grid infrastructure equipment –...
  • MSP Low-Power Plays
    • Mar 21, 2017

    Bridging the capacitive touch gap with more processing power

    Capacitive touch, or capacitive sensing, is commonly used in applications that need human machine interfaces (HMI), proximity detection, fluid level monitoring, acceleration and/or displacement. The basic principal is simple: a change in the sensing ...
  • Think. Innovate
    • Mar 21, 2017

    Perseverance embodied: From remedial math to doctoral student in applied mathematics

    By the time Angel Castillo was in eighth grade, he knew education was the key to his future and the way out of his circumstances. But Angel wasn’t always so sure of his path in life. Now a doctoral student in applied mathematics at Tufts Unive...
  • Industrial Strength
    • Mar 20, 2017

    Common challenges when choosing the auxiliary power supply for your Server PSU

    High-power converters used in server, telecom and industrial systems need auxiliary power supplies to support the housekeeping needs of the power-supply unit (PSU). Due to the ever-growing need for higher power density, these PSUs use an additional add-on card to support their auxiliary needs. An auxiliary power supply commonly powers the internal...
  • Power House
    • Mar 20, 2017

    Selecting a bidirectional converter control scheme

    The 48V-12V dual-battery power system is becoming popular for mild hybrid electric vehicles . The vehicle’s dynamic operating conditions may require the transfer of electric power as high as 10kW back and forth between the two battery rails. Because of all sorts of operation scenarios in a moving vehicle, controlling the power flow needs in one...
  • Behind the Wheel
    • Mar 20, 2017

    Interconnecting automotive 48V and 12V rails in dual-battery systems

    Electrification of the automotive industry is happening at an ever-increasing rate, driven largely by government standards on carbon dioxide (CO 2 ) emissions reduction. The European Union set a goal for new vehicles to emit only 95g/km of CO 2 by 2020. Other countries like China are setting similar regulations. To meet these standards, automotive manufacturers...
  • ConnecTIng Wirelessly
    • Mar 17, 2017

    Meet SimpleLink™ Academy

    Here at TI we understand that the connected technology industry is more competitive than ever. Because of this atmosphere, we are constantly looking for new ways to help developers get up and running faster, hit the market first and deliver innovative connected applications. Last year, we announced TI’s new resource, SimpleLink™ Academy...
  • University Program
    • Mar 16, 2017

    Behind the Lectern: 3 tips to introducing new systems in your classroom

    Dr. Mark A. Yoder has been professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre Haute, IN since 1988. As an author and educator he has been involved with groundbreaking engineering educational initiatives such as DSP First and the Infinity Project and has over 25 years of experience in leading faculty workshops...
  • Power House
    • Mar 16, 2017

    LDO basics: dropout

    The quintessential characteristic of a low-dropout (LDO) linear voltage regulator has to be dropout. After all, that is the source of its name and acronym. At the most basic level, dropout describes the minimum delta between V IN and V OUT required for proper regulation. However, it quickly becomes more nuanced when you incorporate variables. Dropout...
  • Motor Drive & Control
    • Mar 16, 2017

    Liberate your solenoid or relay from the bonds of supply voltage

    One of the things I love about my job as an applications engineer is pretending that I’m a TI customer. I spend my days dreaming of all the possible ways customers use solenoids, design solenoids and drive solenoids. Today, I’m considerin...