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Recent blog posts
  • Precision Hub
    • Jan 20, 2017

    Achieve big board-size reductions with tiny, precision op amps

    Electronics such as smartphones, tablets, notebooks and wearable products are becoming more multifunctional, smaller and slimmer. Achieving higher functionality in smaller form factors requires extremely tiny ICs. Many times, different package types ...
  • Fully Charged
    • Jan 17, 2017

    How 1.2% more efficiency can help you charge faster and cooler

    With portable products packed with new features and an embedded lithium-ion battery inside, one key design consideration is how to optimize the end-user experience with fast and cool charging. Most higher-current (>1A) portable electronics have ad...
  • University Program
    • Jan 12, 2017

    Students change the world with 3 innovative projects

    As technology continues to evolve and advance, students across the globe are stepping up to push the boundaries on what’s possible to make modern solutions more efficient and accurate. Not only do these students ideate and create; they’re now preparing to take their products to market as emerging entrepreneurs. Three projects from groups of students at three different universities excelled in pushing the boundaries...
  • Fully Charged
    • Jan 10, 2017

    How do you detect battery aging in rarely discharged applications?

    Battery packs are used in the products that we depend on daily. Many of our portable devices such as our cell phones, our watches and our tablet computers are constantly at our sides and running on batteries. Consequently, their batteries discharge t...
  • Fully Charged
    • Dec 27, 2016

    Don’t let your battery drain on the shelf – use ship mode

    Don’t let your battery drain on the shelf – use ship mode You’ve done it; your battery-powered design is complete: a new wearable for the consumer electronics market. You’re excited, and you want your consumers to feel that same excitement when they open the box and turn the device on. But how do you make sure that happens? A Christmas present bought in advance can be sitting in wrapping paper...
  • University Program
    • Dec 22, 2016

    Behind the Lectern: Embedded projects with Dr. Graves

    How can educators help students not just memorize a lesson, but truly learn it? I think a few factors help – I’ve given my students projects that are challenging, hands-on and include topics relevant to them, such as the Internet of Things (IoT). If students are challenged and put their own work into a project, they come out feeling more confident in the subject. My students are also required to give a...
  • Fully Charged
    • Dec 16, 2016

    How to choose a multicell gauge

    A battery gauge is essential in most modern systems to help determine how much power a given system can draw from the battery pack. Whether batteries are the system’s primary or backup power source, in most systems reliably operate on. In most...
  • Precision Hub
    • Dec 16, 2016

    How to achieve higher-precision data acquisition in benchtop test equipment

    The digital multimeter (DMM) is a centerpiece in any electronics lab, but as the precision of electronics continues to increase, so does the need for DMMs that can quickly and accurately measure current, voltage, resistance and other parameters. Thu...
  • Fully Charged
    • Dec 6, 2016

    Make your power bank more reliable with output short-circuit protection

    Lithium ion (Li-Ion) or lithium polymer (LiPo) batteries are key components in some portable systems, especially power banks. But on rare occasions, these batteries have the potential risk of catching on fire or even exploding in short-circuit, overv...
  • University Program
    • Nov 22, 2016

    Students build the kitchen of the future in 33 hours

    Imagine the kitchen of the future. Does it include robotic arms preparing a multi-course meal for the family or a stovetop that turns off as soon as fish has been seared? While these innovations may not have arrived quite yet, students that partici...
  • On the Grid
    • Nov 21, 2016

    A mini data concentrator for the smart grid

    Infrastructure equipment such as data concentrators and broadband backhaul routers represent a large portion of the cost of electric utilities’ advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) networks. Reducing the required capex by optimizing infrastructure deployments helps improve overall project’s return on investment. Utilities deploying AMI networks with power line communications (PLC) need to determine the...
  • Precision Hub
    • Nov 18, 2016

    Multiplexers: not so simple

    It’s simple to design a multiplexer (or mux for short) into a signal chain, right? After all, the device simply funnels multiple signals into a data converter. In reality, a mux can significantly impact the performance of a signal chain in a variety of ways. For example, the on-capacitance can cause crosstalk between channels. Signal- and temperature-dependent variations in the on-resistance can introduce signal...
  • Tools Insider
    • Nov 17, 2016

    Data blocking in the C2000 MCU compiler explained

    At some point, C2000TM microcontroller (MCU) compiler users might have encountered scenarios where holes are observed within memory sections, or the linker is unable to place a section even though the available memory is larger than the section. Thes...
  • University Program
    • Nov 15, 2016

    Meet the quarter-finalists of India Innovation Challenge 2016

    Over the years, the TI Innovation Challenge (TIIC) in India has grown to become a massive platform for technical talent. This year with the new format , TIIC has enkindled passion amongst the students by providing a perfect platform to help scale their tech innovations into successful startups. Entries have poured in from 624 engineering colleges across India and we couldn’t be more excited to see the groundbreaking...
  • University Program
    • Nov 10, 2016

    (Em)brace the challenge: The Elbow Orthosis

    For Texas A&M students Nathan Glaser, Joe Loredo, Rafael Salas and David Cuevas, their project began with a simple problem statement from their mentor: Some people are unable to lift a glass of water to their lips, so how can we help? This was th...
  • Fully Charged
    • Nov 4, 2016

    A step-by-step guide to calculating battery gauge accuracy

    Step-by-step calculation of gauging accuracy and other factors affecting accuracy In part 1 of this series, I discussed the difference between measurement accuracy and gauging accuracy. I highlighted that gauging accuracy depends on the accuracy of i...
  • University Program
    • Nov 3, 2016

    I got an interview! Now what?

    Congratulations! You’ve scored an interview with a company on your wish list, and are one step closer to getting an offer. So now what do you do? Prepare! The process of preparing for the interview is critical. It’s like studying...
  • Launch Your Design Blog
    • Nov 2, 2016

    How to connect your SensorTag to the Amazon AWS cloud via a mobile app

    As a follow up to last week’s article , this post will work to cover the step-by-step process for getting the solution working. Following the steps below will allow you to connect the SimpleLink™ multi-standard CC2650 SensorTag kit (CC2650STK) to the Amazon AWS (AWS) cloud and customize the solution for specific needs. This tutorial also provides tips for other solutions using the CC2650 SensorTag kit and...
  • Fully Charged
    • Oct 28, 2016

    Wireless power during the zombie apocalypse

    Did you know, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has a web page from the Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response to address zombie preparedness . They claim that it is tongue in cheek, but we all know better. Here’s ...
  • Precision Hub
    • Oct 28, 2016

    How to build a monitor and control solution for voltage regulators

    In my last post , I talked about how to use a precision digital-to-analog converter (DAC) to margin a voltage regulator like a low-dropout regulator (LDO) or switch mode power supply (SMPS), providing the ability to either precisely tune the output or allow it to swing over a wide range of voltages. In this post, I will expand upon that idea to build a closed-loop system that, alongside the compute power of a microprocessor...
  • Launch Your Design Blog
    • Oct 27, 2016

    What you need to connect a SensorTag to the Amazon AWS cloud via a mobile app

    In most Internet of Things (IoT) use cases there is a need to send sensor data to an IoT cloud solution. Data sent and stored in an IoT cloud solution can then be analyzed and utilized for a number of different purposes. For example, the SimpleLink™ multi-standard CC2650 SensorTag kit using Bluetooth ® low energy can easily be connected to a mobile phone app, with the phone acting as a gateway for passing sensor...
  • University Program
    • Oct 27, 2016

    Get spooky this Halloween with the TI LaunchPad™ development kit

    This Halloween, the TI LaunchPad™ development kit team decided to have some fun with our coworkers and use this spooky LaunchPad kit-based Halloween project to prank them. By using several new BoosterPack™ plug-in modules from TI and the MSP432™ microcontroller (MCU) LaunchPad development kit, we are able to create a system to drop a toy spider from the ceiling to scare unsuspecting coworkers –...
  • Launch Your Design Blog
    • Oct 21, 2016

    LaunchPad™ kit meets dual-band connectivity

    We recently announced the SimpleLink™ dual-band CC1350 wireless microcontroller (MCU) supporting Sub-1 GHz and Bluetooth ® low energy on the same chip. It is the first dual-band SoC in mass production to support a wide range of use cases combining long-range, low-power Sub-1 GHz communication with local and ubiquitous Bluetooth low energy connectivity. This means that the CC1350 wireless MCU can communicate...
  • University Program
    • Oct 20, 2016

    Why you should study power management

    What would it be like for your day to be without power? Imagine this – (Please visit the site to view this video) What would you do without the ability to make coffee for your 8:00 am class? What would you do without your smartphone? (The horror!) How would you program a LaunchPad™ development kit without a computer to implement the code? Simply put, no power = more problems. All electronics...
  • Fully Charged
    • Oct 17, 2016

    Protecting your battery isn’t as hard as you think

    bq77905 3S to 5S Advanced Stackable Low Power Battery Protector EVM When it comes to any type of protection, the solution should be simple. Protection should be something that you design and set up once and don’t have to worry about again; at ...