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  • Think. Innovate
    • Jul 31, 2018

    Stepping stones to technology careers

    Deepa, 18, is determined to change the arc of her life. Her family, who lives in Bangalore, India, has an annual income of about $265. But she hopes that a training program will give her the knowledge she needs to move up the economic ladder. The pr...
  • Analog Wire
    • Jul 26, 2018

    Top 7 design questions about isolated RS-485 transceivers

    By Anthony Viviano and Vikas Thawani Looking for more information about RS-485? We’re here to help. Based on TI E2E™ Community feedback, we compiled a list of the most frequently asked questions about isolated RS-485 transceiver design challenges. We hope this list will provide useful insights when isolating signal and power for RS-485...
  • ConnecTIng Wirelessly
    • Jul 25, 2018

    Why compromise? Extend your design with the newest SimpleLink Platform device

    Last time I was out shopping for the latest connected device for my home, I was faced with dozens of options. Should I get a battery-powered Wi-Fi camera or one that is powered over Ethernet? Should I get a door lock that works with my smart phone o...
  • Power House
    • Jul 25, 2018

    LDO Basics: Preventing reverse current

    In most low-dropout regulators (LDOs), current flow is like one-way street – go in the wrong direction and major problems can occur! Reverse current is current that flows from VOUT to VIN instead of from VIN to VOUT. This current usually traver...
  • Industrial Strength
    • Jul 25, 2018

    Feeding power-hungry EV charging stations

    As the electric vehicle (EV) market grows, the challenge for governments and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) is to promote the adoption of EVs by deploying a comprehensive charging infrastructure. This means deploying an infrastructure that not only supports today’s use cases of mostly short local trips, but also supports faster charging...
  • Think. Innovate
    • Jul 24, 2018

    From moon dust to meteor bits, NASA studies space rocks in zero-gravity facility built by TI engineers

    From moon dust to meteor bits, geoscientists want to learn more about extraterrestrial dirt for a future human mission to Mars – and applications engineers from our company are making it possible. Dakotah Karrer, Alexis Crandall and Vince Rodri...
  • MSP Low-Power Plays
    • Jul 24, 2018

    Configure your MSP430 MCU's analog signal chain using the Smart Analog Combo GUI

    Imagine a world where you can easily configure your analog options on the fly without any need to change onboard components. The Smart Analog Combo module integrated within the MSP430FR2355 MCU that allows you to do just that. The MSP430R2355 MCU contains four of these modules, giving you the tools and flexibility to realize your design. What is...
  • Enlightened: The TI DLP® Blog
    • Jul 23, 2018

    DLP technology is set to light up stages worldwide

    DLP technology is taking center stage. Literally. A new optical reference design from TI demonstrates that stage lights using DLP technology are comparable with traditional spotlights in terms of the brightness using just a single DLP chipset to deliver up to 15 kL of monochrome light to the stage. After brightness, systems leveraging DLP technology...
  • Industrial Strength
    • Jul 19, 2018

    Selecting an airtight approach to water and dust proof buttons

    In the food industry, it is important to be able to clean and disinfect machinery to reduce the amount of bacteria and germs. These machines must have a user interface that can withstand the water and chemicals used for cleaning. But building water and dustproof casings can be expensive and difficult, especially with a user interface that has buttons...
  • ConnecTIng Wirelessly
    • Jul 18, 2018

    SimpleLink™ MCU SDK expands multiprotocol support

    TI’s latest quarterly release of SimpleLink microcontroller (MCU) software development kits (SDKs) version 2.20 offers new capabilities to speed your development and differentiate your designs. TI is proud to offer new ways to use its broad por...
  • Think. Innovate
    • Jul 17, 2018

    TI Chairman Rich Templeton reassumes role of president and CEO after Brian Crutcher resigns as CEO

    In the following email to worldwide TI employees, Rich Templeton shares his thoughts about Brian Crutcher’s resignation as the company’s CEO. This afternoon, we announced that Brian Crutcher has resigned as TI’s president, CEO and a...
  • Think. Innovate
    • Jul 17, 2018

    Exploring the impact of IoT on innovation

    Ten years ago, before Internet of Things became a buzzword, our company had a simple idea to make it easier for developers to add complex radio technologies such as Wi-Fi® to their embedded applications. The prospect was mind-blowing. Wireless c...
  • Analog Wire
    • Jul 17, 2018

    What is an EFT? Part 2

    In my last post , I discussed what an electrical fast transient (EFT) is at a high-level. For part two, let’s explore why EFTs matter and why they should be considered during your design process. Ultimately, EFTs matter for two key reasons: First, acceptable amounts of interference will vary greatly from application to application and could...
  • Power House
    • Jul 16, 2018

    Key considerations for designing with the new PoE standard

    The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) 802.3bt standard will publish in September 2018 and enable Power over Ethernet (PoE) applications up to 90W/71.3W (sent/received) such as LED connected lighting ballasts and digital signage. With the new standard fast approaching, many electronic system designers need to quickly familiarize...
  • Analog Wire
    • Jul 12, 2018

    Create an eye-opening experience with a 10G USB3 redriver

    Signal integrity, the measure of electrical signal quality, can be visualized by displaying a signal waveform on an oscilloscope. This visualization is commonly known as an eye diagram, and is generated by overlaying the waveform’s positive and negative bits. When superimposed, these bits produce an image that resembles an open eye, hence the...