The latest from TI experts on our innovative industrial systems designs and solutions.
    • Aug 13, 2018

    Achieving highly accurate full-scale charge and discharge current control for high-cell Li-ion battery-formation testing

    The demand for lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries is growing at an exponential pace, fueled by the increasing popularity of electric vehicles, personal electronics and grid systems. As consumer demand grows, so does the need for highly accurate battery-formation testing capabilities. Battery-formation testing requires multiple charge and discharge cycles;...
    • Aug 7, 2018

    Adding wireless connectivity to your water meter with M-Bus

    Have you ever seen someone having to go around from house to house to take measurements from utility meters? We all consume utilities such as water, gas and electricity and utility company employees spend countless hours reading data from these meters. Because of this, meters also need to be placed somewhere that is easily accessible. Smart meters,...
    • 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...
    • 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...
    • 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...
    • 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...
    • 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...
    • 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...
    • 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...
    • 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...