Recent blog posts
  • Power House
    • Apr 28, 2017

    Precise Current Limiter for Smart E-Meter

    Automatic meter reading (AMR) systems have become more popular in recent years. This technology saves electricity providers the expense of periodic trips to each physical location to read a meter so that billing is based on real-time consumption rath...
  • ConnecTIng Wirelessly
    • Apr 28, 2017

    Talk to your TI SimpleLink™ wireless MCU LaunchPad™ Development Kit in only 15 minutes

    When companies decide to connect their products through the internet, they have a big job ahead of them. So big, in fact, that it can represent no less than a total business transformation (my company, Arrayent, even wrote an e-book about that). A common first step is to pursue a proof-of-concept (PoC) project to convince company stakeholders what...
  • Behind the Wheel
    • Apr 27, 2017

    Putting innovation in the driver's seat. What technologies are most important to modern power seats?

    When I was a kid, my dad bought a big green Buick tricked out with all the bells and whistles – an AM/FM stereo with a rear speaker and reverb knob, electric windows, and most importantly power bench seats. The car was such a big deal that other kids from the neighborhood came to sit in it, and my sister and I made the seats go forward and back...
  • University Program
    • Apr 27, 2017

    Getting started: Career tips for freshmen & sophomores

    Are you a freshman or sophomore about to launch your career or internship search? Read on for things you should do now , to get on track and secure a job when you graduate. If you’re a freshman or sophomore, you’ve probably been focused on your academics these past two years. The thought of getting an internship or first job seems way...
  • Industrial Strength
    • Apr 27, 2017

    Smart sensing with ultra-low-power MCUs – part 3: ultrasonic sensing in condition monitoring

    In the third installment of this six-part smart sensing series , I would like to discuss the use of ultrasonic technology in condition monitoring. Condition monitoring is a major component of predictive or proactive maintenance. It is the process of monitoring the operating conditions of a mechanical or electrical system by detecting important changes...
  • 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...