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Recent blog posts
  • Think. Innovate
    • Apr 24, 2018

    Employee cookbook provides a taste of cultural diversity for TIers in Europe

    When Estela Fernandez Gonzalez moved to Germany a year ago, she wanted to share her culture with new friends and colleagues. She developed a taste for cooking the traditional Spanish meals she first grew to love in her grandmother’s kitchen. &l...
  • Analog Wire
    • Apr 24, 2018

    How to select serializers and deserializers in HMI systems

    A human-machine interface (HMI) usually includes a textual or graphical view of automated system conditions and operations. HMIs are widely used in factory automation, motion control systems, industrial robots for smarter automation, and computer numerical control (CNC) systems with highly interactive interfaces and touch-screen support. Industrial HMIs need to function within a factory setting, which requires fieldbus...
  • Industrial Strength
    • Apr 24, 2018

    A new approach to system protection for industrial motor drives

    You’re an industrial drive systems designer tasked with figuring out an approach to power protection for your system’s motor. Whatever solution you decide on must account for over-voltage, under-voltage and over-current conditions in the event of abnormalities in your system. If you cannot properly design for these conditions, the system’s motor will be damaged when things like faults occur due to over...
  • Power House
    • Apr 20, 2018

    Shrink module size with Flip Chip On Lead (FCOL) package technology

    Power modules are becoming increasingly popular in many market segments – the ability to buy a power supply that already includes the switching inductor is a big advantage. The main reasons engineers are choosing power modules as opposed to a discrete alternative are: Reduced Solution Size. Power Modules are typically smaller than what designers can easily develop on their own. The ability to integrate active...
  • Industrial Strength
    • Apr 19, 2018

    Predicting failures with condition monitoring

    Many motors and pumps are critical in factory production; a functional failure might cause a complete line stop. To avoid this, there are usually extensive preventive maintenance plans in place that require work at regular intervals. These plans are ...
  • Think. Innovate
    • Apr 18, 2018

    DIY with TI: Electric scooter keeps engineer on a roll

    (Please visit the site to view this video) At TI, we celebrate the makers and hobbyists who enjoy creating and innovating on their own time. In our ongoing DIY with TI series, we share their do-it-yourself inventions that use TI technology. Why walk ...
  • Power House
    • Apr 17, 2018

    How to achieve higher system robustness in DC drives, part 1: negative voltage

    I recently moved to a new apartment, so I decided to go shopping for a vacuum cleaner. As I walked around the appliances section, I noticed how many of the vacuums were cordless. The manufacturers also seemed to be advertising more suction power, lon...
  • Think. Innovate
    • Apr 17, 2018

    TI partners with Hall of Fame quarterback Troy Aikman and United Way to introduce students to STEM careers

    (Please visit the site to view this video) More than 300 middle-school students got hands-on experience about what it could mean to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) when our company teamed up with the United Way of M...
  • Behind the Wheel
    • Apr 17, 2018

    There are more ways than you think to reduce conducted EMI

    Electromagnetic interference (EMI) is a troublesome issue in certain designs, especially in automotive systems, like infotainment, body electronics, ADAS and so on. When designing the schematic and drawing the layout, designers usually minimize noise at the source by reducing the high di/dt loop area and slowing down the switching slew rate. However, sometimes no matter how carefully they design the layout and schematic...
  • Analog Wire
    • Apr 12, 2018

    Designing tiny microphone circuits with the industry’s smallest op amp

    Voice commands are a popular feature in many applications as a way to differentiate products in the market. Microphones are a primary component to any voice- or speech-based system and electret microphones are a common choice in applications for their small size, cost and performance. This blog post continues our series on high-performance, cost-sensitive circuits and describes the design of a very small, cost-optimized...
  • Power House
    • Apr 12, 2018

    In automotive lighting, it’s time to say goodbye to discrete solutions

    Auto manufacturers are using light-emitting diodes (LEDs) beyond the traditional front, rear, day-running, stop and turn lights to make their vehicles stand out in the market. LEDs are now appearing in side markers, license plates, brand logos, welco...
  • Industrial Strength
    • Apr 12, 2018

    Digital power control advances GaN PFC design

    I recently shared with you the production announcement of TI’s new Piccolo™ F28004x microcontroller (MCU) series, which has been optimized for power control applications. Key features of Piccolo F28004x for high-performance power control include: On-chip windowed comparators. A programmable digital-to-analog converter with slope compensation. High-resolution pulse-width modulation (PWM) one-shot...
  • Power House
    • Apr 12, 2018

    How to charge and discharge battery test equipment

    A battery test system (BTS) offers high voltage and current control accuracy to charge and discharge a battery. It is mainly used in manufacturing during production of the battery. Battery test equipment can also be used in R&D departments to study battery performance. One typical application of a BTS is to charge and discharge a one-cell lithium-ion battery. Considering the voltage drop in the cable, the voltage...
  • ConnecTIng Wirelessly
    • Apr 11, 2018

    Boost your SimpleLink MCU development with the Open On-Chip Debugger

    TI’s SimpleLink™ platform of connected MCUs continues to add capabilities to help customers optimize their development experience, recently adding Open On-Chip Debugger (OpenOCD) support for many SimpleLink devices and kits. With built-i...
  • Power House
    • Apr 10, 2018

    Converting from USB Type-A to USB Type-C™ brings greater energy efficiency

    USB Type-C™ adoption into the personal electronic space is ramping up. Many system and product definers are asking if they should convert USB Type-A ports into USB Type-C ports, and what that entails. There are benefits and costs to making the ...
  • Think. Innovate
    • Apr 10, 2018

    How Bobby Mitra stays several moves ahead of the game

    Bobby Mitra – pioneer in India’s semiconductor industry, our company’s leader in the development of semiconductor solutions for industrial systems, IEEE Fellow and avid chess player – sees continual learning as an investment i...
  • Behind the Wheel
    • Apr 9, 2018

    How to overcome size, EMI and thermal challenges of automotive LED lighting

    The automotive lighting market is projected to grow significantly. This market is driven by increasing vehicle production, technological advancements in the field of automotive lighting and increasing concerns over safety while driving at night. Light-emitting diodes (LEDs) offer a highly flexible, efficient and compact solution versus an incandescent bulb. The Comité International Spécial des Perturbations...
  • Power House
    • Apr 6, 2018

    How to select a MOSFET - Hot Swap

    Over the course of this series of blogs , I have covered a number of different FET applications, from motor control to power supply. Alas, I have arrived at the final topic – selecting a MOSFET for hot swap. When a power supply is abruptly disconnected from its load, large current swings across the circuit’s parasitic inductive elements can generate dramatic voltage spikes that can be detrimental to the...
  • Analog Wire
    • Apr 5, 2018

    These are not your grandfather’s TVS diodes

    Conventional transient voltage suppression (TVS) diodes have been essential building blocks in system designs for decades. They protect against transient surge events, and many designers rely on TVS diodes to provide an adequate level of surge immuni...
  • Behind the Wheel
    • Apr 4, 2018

    Designing USB into challenging automotive applications

    Universal Serial Bus (USB) is an industry standard that defines cable, connector and communication protocols for facilitating the connection, communication and power-supply exchange between computers and devices. The use of USB in cars initially arose because consumers wanted an easy way to charge consumer electronics, but more recent applications of USB handle data transmission around the car. There are three types of...
  • Power House
    • Apr 4, 2018

    Why are there so many control modes for step-down DC/DC converters and controllers?

    One of the questions I receive frequently is why there are so many control modes for step-down DC/DC converters and controllers. Whether hysteretic, voltage mode, current mode, constant on time or D-CAP™ mode control (and all of their derivatives), it seems a new one comes out just as we’ve gotten comfortable with the last one. A few months ago, TI released a new control mode called internally compensated...
  • Power House
    • Apr 3, 2018

    Create a cost-effective boost power supply with true load-disconnect functionality

    The fast-growing consumer electronics market brings opportunities as well as challenges for boost converters. The huge volume drives the market to be very cost-sensitive, so you will need to make trade-offs between solution cost and performance. The need for true load-disconnect functionality A boost converter does not have a native mechanism for load disconnection. The rectifier diode or body diode of the synchronous...
  • Analog Wire
    • Apr 3, 2018

    Are you cooking up a new circuit? We can help!

    To accelerate the design process, we have developed something new call Analog Engineer’s Circuits. They are in a "recipe" format that includes step-by-step instructions, basic formulas, schematic diagrams and SPICE simulations. While each circuit is available as a standalone document, we’ve also compiled these “recipes” into two downloadable Analog Engineer’s Circuit Cookbooks ...
  • Think. Innovate
    • Apr 3, 2018

    Flight crew helps students prepare for takeoff in aviation careers

    (Please visit the site to view this video) The Huffaire Monoplane featured on the cover of Sports Aviation Magazine in 1969 was a pile of parts and pieces last year, tucked away in storage at an airport hangar classroom in North Texas.But high school...
  • Analog Wire
    • Apr 2, 2018

    How to HART-enable your analog input module

    The Internet of things (IoT) has implications for Industry 4.0, motivating smart sensor transmitters and similarly capable programmable logic controller (PLC) analog input modules. A previous blog post illustrated how to achieve digital communication...