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    • Sep 12, 2019

    Driving industrial innovation with TI small-size sensors

    Note: Will Cooper and Robert Ferguson co-authored this technical article. Trends in small consumer electronics have disrupted the industrial world, spiking a demand for smart but compact devices that enhance manufacturing (like proximity sensors in f...
    • Aug 23, 2019

    So, what's the deal with frequency response?

    [[This article is the third installment of a series that explains how to use scattering parameters, also known as S-parameters, in the design of direct radio-frequency (RF) sampling architectures. The first installment is here .]] Frequency response is the ratio of the reflected wave at the output port to the incident wave at the input port. The...
    • Aug 23, 2019

    So, what's a VNA anyway?

    [[This article is the second installment of a series that explains how to use scattering parameters, also known as S-parameters, in the design of direct radio-frequency (RF) sampling architectures. The first installment is here .]] Vector Network analyzer must produce incident waves across a wide range of frequencies and amplitudes while separating...
    • Aug 22, 2019

    The digital cockpit and the centralization of infotainment systems

    An automotive vehicle is a technology shaped by evolving customer needs. Over time, automakers have strived to meet these needs by introducing new designs and offering increased built-in functionality. In an effort to keep up with current consumer demands, automakers are heavily investing in advanced infotainment and cluster display features. To...
    • Aug 19, 2019

    Understanding the embedded USB2 (eUSB2) standard

    What is eUSB2? The embedded USB2 (eUSB2) specification is a supplement to the USB 2.0 specification that addresses issues related to interface controller integration with advanced system-on-chip (SoC) process nodes by enabling USB 2.0 interfaces to operate at I/O voltages of 1 V or 1.2 V instead of 3.3 V. eUSB2 can enable smaller, more power-efficient...
    • Aug 9, 2019

    What is an instrumentation amplifier?

    An instrumentation amplifier (INA) is a very special type of differential input amplifier; its primary focus is to provide differential gain and high common-mode rejection. INAs offer high input impedance and low output impedance; newer devices will ...
    • Jul 29, 2019

    Roll with the design punches and overcome power-sequencing challenges

    As boxer Mike Tyson once said, “Everybody has a plan until they get punched in the mouth.” Good boxers thrive when they can successfully throw their opponents off their game plan. Great boxers, however, are willing to get punched in the mouth and improvise until they can get back to their winning formula. Similarly, system designers must...
    • Jul 19, 2019

    Solving synchronization challenges in Industrial Ethernet

    Want to optimize and improve efficiency of an automated factory setup, increase overall performance in a data-acquisition system, or efficiently detect and correct faults to reduce downtime? If the answer is yes to any or all of the above, you may want to consider enabling clock synchronization with a network synchronizer . What is clock synchronization...
    • Jul 17, 2019

    Understanding the world of vacuum robots with motor drivers

    As the world becomes increasingly automated, cleaning the house with a regular, standing vacuum cleaner feels like a chore. Since the release of the first vacuum robot in 2002, there has been a dramatic increase in capabilities and available options ...
    • Jul 4, 2019

    Design, optimize and simulate an active filter within minutes

    You are on a quest to design an active filter. You have the specifications of the filter’s frequency response, but how do you create a circuit that does just what you want? If you took the conventional approach, you would need to manipulate the...