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Recent blog posts
  • 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. Special waterproof buttons simplify the interface but result in...
  • 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 ultimately affect your bottom line. Since testing and robust design...
  • 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 themselves with the new features of the standard and understand key...
  • 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 name “eye diagram”. Eye diagrams are a useful tool during...
  • Industrial Strength
    • Jul 12, 2018

    Designing efficient, high-performing appliances with BLDC motors

    Today, the awareness of the environment and energy savings is as high as ever before. New generations of large household appliances such as washers, dryers and refrigerators must have higher performance parameters such as better efficiency and reduced electromagnetic interference. System flexibility must be high to facilitate market modifications and reduce development time. Designers must make all of these improvements...
  • Industrial Strength
    • Jul 11, 2018

    A cost-effective option to get started with integrated position sensing

    Starting with the C2000™ Delfino™ TMS320F28379D and TMS320F28379S microcontrollers (MCUs) and soon to be extended to the F280049C and F280041C, TI delivers DesignDRIVE Position Manager solutions for today’s most popular off-the-shelf analog and digital position sensor interfaces (Figure 1). Figure 1: DesignDRIVE position manager solutions Industrial drive designers no longer need to develop...
  • Industrial Strength
    • Jul 10, 2018

    A modular view of an LED lighting control design

    In a previous blog post , I introduced a LED Lighting Control Reference Design for Machine Vision . In this post, I’d like to elaborate a bit about it, following the same modular approach that our team followed during the design process . Easily digestible tidbits During the design process, we packaged details into smaller subcircuits and gave those blocks descriptive names, as shown in Figure 1. This helped...
  • Enlightened: The TI DLP® Blog
    • Jul 10, 2018

    Capture, imagine, create: Enabling highly-accurate desktop 3D printing and portable 3D scanning with new DLP Pico chipsets

    The desire to differentiate is fundamentally human and is constantly on the rise. Personalization is becoming more and more important in our lives. Texas Instruments DLP® technology is continuously innovating in responding to these demands. We get excited when we get that cup of coffee with our name personalized on it. People pay premium to have their names imprinted on the clothing that they wear. Now, imagine...
  • Power House
    • Jul 5, 2018

    A review of EMI standards, part 2 – radiated emissions

    Radiated electromagnetic interference (EMI) from switching power supplies is dynamic and situational problem that relates to circuit board layout, component placement and parasitic effects within the power supply itself, as well as the overall system...
  • Industrial Strength
    • Jun 29, 2018

    No strings attached: Creating next-generation wireless patient monitors

    Electrocardiogram (ECG) or photoplethysmograph (PPG) wearable monitoring systems have become increasingly popular in recent years. Heart-rate monitors, pulse oximeters and activity trackers are commercially available and already play an important role in everyday life. A wearable monitor significantly improves patient comfort by replacing long, cumbersome cords with much less obtrusive dry electrodes that enhance mobility...
  • Power House
    • Jun 28, 2018

    A review of EMI standards, part 1 – conducted emissions

    In general, electrical products must meet some type of electromagnetic interference (EMI) performance metric, whether established in the product’s design specifications or to comply with regulatory requirements. It’s important to take int...
  • Analog Wire
    • Jun 28, 2018

    How the RS-232 transceiver’s regulated charge-pump circuitry works

    The RS-232 interface is popular in single-ended low-speed serial communications. The interface was originally designed to connect the serial port of a computer to peripheral devices. The Electronics Industry Alliance (EIA)-232 levels are defined as up to ±15V into a 5kΩ load. Thus, RS-232 transceivers need three supplies from the system. Due to the limited on-board supply, single-supply RS-232 integrated...
  • Industrial Strength
    • Jun 28, 2018

    Using dynamic headroom control for industrial lighting applications

    LED signage and lighting applications such as industrial stack lights you might know from industrial machinery or big LED displays that are used in stadiums have a common problem of limited possibilities for power dissipation. It’s important in industrial environments that these lights and signage are able to dissipate the heat that is generated, to maximize the lifetime of the LEDs. When applications are using...
  • The Process
    • Jun 27, 2018

    Processor SDK: one for all and all for one

    With devices as complex and feature-rich as embedded processors, there is no one size fits all. This is especially true for industrial products since there is such a large difference between the requirements for a robotic vacuum cleaner in your home and a human machine interface (HMI) in a factory floor. This diverse set of system requirements poses many challenges related to supported features, cost, future-proofing...
  • Industrial Strength
    • Jun 27, 2018

    Real-time sensing doesn’t have to consume a lot of energy

    People mostly associate smart meters with electric meters (e-meters), but after seeing the benefits that smart meters brought to the e-meters market – delivering real-time consumption data to consumers so they could manage their usage and fighting against theft through tamper detection – consumers want the same benefits in water and gas flow meters. One key difference between e-meters and flow meters is...
  • Power House
    • Jun 26, 2018

    The sound of GaN

    High-fidelity (hi-fi) audio is becoming more and more popular among music fans and movie buffs, from portable speakers to high-end, in-home audio to automotive systems. And from the A to Z of classifications for audio power amplifiers, Class-D amplif...
  • Think. Innovate
    • Jun 26, 2018

    Milan engineers weave smart tech with high fashion to help curb teen obesity

    In fashion-forward Milan, karate student Ulrike Lanting dons a trendy new clothing style while high-kicking her opponents on the mat. It’s not runway couture, but the rising movement in fashion – wearable health technology – will h...
  • Analog Wire
    • Jun 25, 2018

    Emerging medical applications for optical heart rate sensor technology in wearables

    This is the third installment in a three-part series on optical heart rate sensors for biometric wearables. The first installment focused on how these sensor systems work and what you can measure with them. Part 2 shared the top 10 lessons learned from Valencell’s completion of more than 50 biometric wearable product development cycles. In an increasingly digital world, there are more and more uses for optical...
  • Power House
    • Jun 23, 2018

    FPGA power design challenges: Can I use a PMIC for that?

    System designers gain three benefits when designing systems with a field-programmable gate array (FPGA): reprogrammability, performance scalability and fast time to market. But there are also challenges that designers must overcome. In this post, I w...
  • Analog Wire
    • Jun 21, 2018

    How to achieve network synchronization clocks with TI digital PLLs

    As current telecommunication networks move from legacy synchronous optical networking (SONET)/synchronous digital hierarchy (SDH) networks to Ethernet transport networks, more and more services are concurrently becoming time critical. For example, in financial markets, applying the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) 1588 precision time protocol (PTP) achieves accurate timestamping in high-frequency...
  • Industrial Strength
    • Jun 21, 2018

    How to manage processor power during uncontrolled power off

    Next-generation smart appliances are getting smarter, thanks to breakthroughs in wireless connectivity and human machine interface. Processors with highly integrated graphic accelerators, like Sitara™ AM335x processors can help you realize better touch interfaces, bigger screens with higher resolution and high-definition cameras. Processors with an Arm® or digital signal processor (DSP) core with up to 1GHz...
  • Power House
    • Jun 20, 2018

    LDO Basics: Quiescent Current 101

    How aggravating is it to pick up an electronic device that you’ve barely used, only to find that the battery is nearly or completely dead? If your device was just on standby or asleep, this may have happened because of a small but crucial speci...