The latest from TI experts on our innovative industrial systems designs and solutions.
    • 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 ...
    • 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...
    • Mar 26, 2018

    Catch your breath: Which is a better occupancy detector – mmWave or PIR?

    Let’s start with what might be an all-too-familiar scenario. You find yourself working late and alone; maybe you’re typing out some last emails for the evening or crunching some numbers for an upcoming deadline. Suddenly, the lights in your “smart office” turn off, and you find yourself standing up and waving your arms so that...
    • Mar 8, 2018

    Delivering power to the industrial market with Ethernet

    Powering industrial Ethernet devices requires addressing specific aspects of industrial Ethernet and industrial applications. The biggest difference between standard Ethernet and industrial Ethernet is the topology, as shown in Figure 1. Standard Ethernet is a star topology, whereas industrial Ethernet includes a variety of line, tree and ring topologies...
    • Mar 1, 2018

    Accurate frost or ice detection based on capacitive sensing

    The accumulation of frost or ice on an evaporator coil always presents a challenge in home appliances such as refrigerators, freezers and air conditioners. The accumulation of frost or ice insulates the air circulating through the evaporator unit, which makes maintaining the overall temperature difficult. Also, atmospheric conditions that lead to the...
    • Feb 8, 2018

    Take your ultrasound design to the next level

    Ultrasound designers face a constant challenge to improve system performance and incorporate the latest technological advances that will help physicians detect disease, monitor patients and save lives. Based on an expansive portfolio of embedded and analog technologies, TI products can improve the way medical professionals interpret results from...
    • Feb 6, 2018

    Cut the power and complexity of your appliance designs

    Various applications use electric motors to improve our day-to-day lives, including household appliances, power tools and many automotive applications. The power required for motors in major home and small appliances – like refrigerator circulation and compressor fans, washing machine drain and water pumps, air purifiers, and pedestal fans (as...
    • Feb 1, 2018

    How to build a cost-competitive and robust auxiliary power supply

    High-power converters used in major appliances, power tools and industrial systems need auxiliary power supplies to support the housekeeping needs of the whole system. An auxiliary power supply usually powers the internal controller, sensing electronics for voltage and current feedback and power blocks in the system. Figure 1 shows a typical auxiliary...
    • Jan 29, 2018

    How to maximize efficiency in your power control application?

    I’m excited to share with you that TI has just released to production the first package option in the new Piccolo™ F28004x microcontroller (MCU) series. What’s great about the new F28004x MCU is that it takes all of the amazing performance and peripheral improvements of the flagship Delfino™ F2837x MCU and makes them available...
    • Dec 13, 2017

    Real-time control meets real-time industrial communications development – part two

    In part one of this blog series, I gave an overview of the market opportunity for EtherCAT slave stack support on C2000 MCUs and an introduction to a three phased solution to jumpstart slave stack development. Beyond this three-faceted development flow, what has TI done to make our solution more compelling than a typical stack porting exercise? First...