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  • University Program
    • May 22, 2017

    6 tips from TI leaders

    You’ve walked across the stage to receive your diploma. You’ve tossed your cap in the air. You’ve done it – you graduated . Now what? Have no fear! We’ve gathered up 6 tips from TI leaders on how to carry your successes into your next phase of life – the first job. 1. Be curious. Never stop asking questions...
  • Think. Innovate
    • May 19, 2017

    Bluetooth 5 breaks connectivity barriers

    The Bluetooth® that has connected much of your life is transforming. No longer is it simply a personal network for listening to music wirelessly or talking on the phone a few feet from your device. Enter Bluetooth 5 . With standards developed thro...
  • Power House
    • May 18, 2017

    Lightning-fast internally-compensated ACM topology – what can it do for you?

    Internally compensated advanced current mode (ACM) is a new control topology from Texas Instruments that supports true fixed-frequency modulation and synchronization with internal compensation. Fundamentally, it is similar to emulated peak-current-mo...
  • ConnecTIng Wirelessly
    • May 17, 2017

    SimpleLink™ MCU SDKs: RTOS and POSIX

    Welcome to the second installment in a series of blog posts that will review the major components of the SimpleLink™ microcontroller (MCU) platform’s software development kits (SDKs). These SDKs feature common components and device-specific middleware that speed time to market and provide a unified development experience across the entire...
  • The Process
    • May 17, 2017

    Miniaturization of mmWave sensors enabled by CMOS technology

    Most commercial radar systems, specifically those in advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), are based on silicon-germanium (SiGe) technology. Today’s high-end vehicles feature a multichip SiGe radar system. While SiGe radar systems meet the...
  • Think. Innovate
    • May 16, 2017

    New mmWave sensors offer unprecedented accuracy for automotive, industrial applications

    The world is changing. You can see it on the roads, in buildings and in cities. Meeting that change is a new family of highly accurate, single-chip millimeter-wave (mmWave) sensors enabling applications ranging from automotive radar to industrial au...
  • Behind the Wheel
    • May 16, 2017

    Giving cars advanced vision through TI mmWave sensors

    Advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) have rapidly evolved over the last five years, from comfort functions, such as adaptive cruise control (ACC), to safety-enhancing functions such as emergency braking and newer applications like pedestrian det...
  • Industrial Strength
    • May 16, 2017

    Bringing new intelligence to industrial applications with mmWave sensors

    From position and proximity to level and light, sensing solutions provide a means to sense, digitize and process the world around us. Application-specific problems have given rise to a multitude of different sensing technologies that enable systems to sense conditions with different levels of accuracy and in diverse conditions. With the recent rise...
  • Industrial Strength
    • May 12, 2017

    What floats your boat? Exploring linear regulators in medical ultrasound

    Let’s say that you are working on an ultrasound system . You require a clean ±100V supply to power the ultrasound transmitter, so you need a linear regulator (LDO). How do you tackle this requirement? You could look for a device from a semiconductor manufacturer, but the chances of getting readily available voltage regulators (both...
  • Power House
    • May 10, 2017

    Is PMBus still useful without telemetry?

    PMBus is an Inter-Integrated Circuit (I2C)-based communication standard/interface for power-supply management. Many point-of-load (POL) converters on the market today are built with the PMBus interface, which enables digital communication between con...
  • Industrial Strength
    • May 9, 2017

    Achieving higher-accuracy battery fuel-gauge performance in ultra-low-power systems

    Whether designing ultra-low-power portable handheld devices or remote wireless battery-powered sensor nodes, the need to accurately measure, predict and report battery state-of-charge, battery health and remaining device operating time is becoming increasingly important in numerous applications. For example, many Internet of Things (IoT) applications...
  • Industrial Strength
    • May 8, 2017

    Smart sensing with ultra-low-power MCUs – part 4: Holter monitor

    In the fourth installment of this six-part smart sensing series , I would like to discuss the operating principle and implementation of the Holter monitor. An electrocardiogram (ECG) graphically records the electrical activity of the heart and recognized biological signals used for clinical diagnosis. An ECG sensor detects small changes in the electrical...
  • ConnecTIng Wirelessly
    • May 8, 2017

    The secret to moving faster with Bluetooth® 5

    As the speed increases with Bluetooth® 5, don’t you want to move quickly too? Now it’s easy to pick up the pace with the first fully qualified Bluetooth 5 protocol stack for single-mode Bluetooth low energy applications from TI, supporting high-speed mode. Bluetooth 5 is groundbreaking. The new high-speed mode allows data transfers...
  • Industrial Strength
    • May 5, 2017

    Increasing battery life in IoT devices

    Wireless sensors are gaining popularity with the installation of more smart devices in homes and buildings. Battery-powered wireless devices enable very easy installation almost anywhere, but changing batteries frequently is not ideal from an ease-of-use or cost perspective. For example, if you retrofit a commercial building with wireless sensor nodes...
  • University Program
    • May 5, 2017

    How to build a wireless controller

    Digital Systems Teaching and Research (DSTR) Robot Controller Tutorial Students at Texas A&M University have developed the DSTR Robot – a small form factor robotic platform – in the University’s Mobile Integrated Solutions Laboratory. In a little over a year, DSTR has caught the attention of NASA scientists as a potential vehicle...