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  • 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 environment has a measurable effect on an electric field about a capacitive electrode. This can be done...
  • 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...
  • Think. Innovate
    • Mar 15, 2017

    Multiple connected products and standards, 1 platform reshaping the Industrial IoT

    Picture the connected factory of the future. The factory floor hums with activity – motors spinning, robotic arms shifting about, equipment humming and vibrating with electricity. Everything the eye can see – and more – is connected...
  • The Process
    • Mar 15, 2017

    Leveraging TI’s free libraries in your development

    Finding the library you want is now easier than ever thanks to TI’s new Accelerated Libraries page . From this one page you can access TI’s popular signal processing, imaging, linear algebra and OpenCV libraries, as well as free video codecs for the C66x and the IVA-HD subsystem found on Sitara™ AM57x processors. Each library has its...
  • ConnecTIng Wirelessly
    • Mar 15, 2017

    Rapidly scale your connected solutions with the new SimpleLink™ MCU platform

    As the world becomes more connected, embedded systems continue to add new connectivity options, along with advanced sensing capabilities and local analytics. And a rapidly expanding list of functionalities drives the need for new protocol stacks, sop...
  • Analog Wire
    • Mar 14, 2017

    Professional audio equipment made the most noise at the 2017 NAMM Show

    Guitars, drums, cymbals … the 2017 National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Show had it all, but what seemed to be making the most noise was the professional audio gear. I’ve heard a lot about the NAMM Show, the largest music gear conference in the U.S. (probably the world), and my excitement attending for the first time was hard...
  • ConnecTIng Wirelessly
    • Mar 14, 2017

    Long range sensor-to-cloud: Connecting to Amazon Web Services with Sub-1 GHz-based devices

    Proven effective through many years of use in proprietary networks, bands within the Sub-1 GHz frequency enable long-range communication for applications such as connected door or window sensors, smoke alarms and metering. In addition to long-range, these radio waves can better penetrate walls and bend around obstacles while consuming very little power...