• Connecting to Azure IoT using the DICE security standard with SimpleLink™ Wi-Fi®

    Internet of Things (IoT) devices such as sensor nodes are often cost-sensitive and commonly utilize resource-constrained wireless microcontrollers (MCUs). These resource constraints, including limited on-chip memory and security features, may prevent the use of some security standards available in desktop or server environments. However, as they connect to the Internet and often reside in unsecured locations, IoT devices…

  • When to choose a DSP for processing voice commands

    Tim Simerly co-authored this technical article

    In a twist of irony, the massive technological expansion of the telephone system – which led to the creation of the internet and all of its features and benefits – enables millions of simultaneous transactions without requiring a single human conversation. Yet in this efficiency-focused 21st century world, the plethora of voice-activated smart home devices confirms that…

  • The capacitive touch trend is rising rapidly. Can you keep up?

    A consumer’s first impression is often based on two things: what a product looks like and how they interact with it. Strong first impressions are important. High-performance capacitive touch and proximity-sensing technologies enable product designers to make bold statements to consumers, not only improving how their products look, but refining how they interact with the product.

    The process of implementing a capacitive…

  • Listen and learn on the go...Introducing the TI Connect Podcast!

    Hi. Nick here for TI Connect...The Podcast. TI's beloved Connect video series, covering all things connectivity, is now available as a Podcast. Don't worry - the Connect video series isn't going anywhere. There will still be new Connect episodes exploring the latest industry trends, TI's Connectivity technology, demos, training and more. But now you can also listen and learn on the go from our experts with…

  • MIOTY, the new LPWAN standard, provides quality and scalability for worldwide Sub-1 GHz communication

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    Wireless technologies are the backbone of our rapidly evolving, connected world. These technologies push different boundaries around communication speed, range and integration. Developers and manufacturers are looking for standardized solutions that offer a simplified approach to Internet of Things (IoT) design.

     

    While communication speed has been a priority…

  • Testing TI BAW resonator technology in mechanical shock and vibration environments

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    Wouldn’t it be nice to know the condition of parts in your car exposed to mechanical vibrations or shock from the engine, or to get information about the status of systems operating under severe mechanical vibration conditions in an automated factory? With this information, you could perform predictive maintenance and replace fatigued parts before they fail completely, substantially…

  • Going crystal-less is easy with the world's first crystal-less, wireless SimpleLink™ MCU

      Innovation in the semiconductor industry is often about adding on to an existing product, but less is more when it comes to design. At TI, we looked at the electronic build of materials (BOM) surrounding our SimpleLinkTM wireless MCUs and dec...
  • Maximizing machine-learning inference at the edge

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    Employing machine learning and neural networks in factories improves applications like machine vision, automated guided vehicles (AGVs) and robotics by making them smarter, which improves operational efficiency. Embedded microcontrollers and processors have been used for decades in manufacturing to automate repetitive processes, but deploying machine-learning algorithms to…

  • Extending 2.4 GHz without compromising performance in a connected world

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    In a world where just about everything is connected, design engineers are always looking for new ways to enable wireless technology without compromising range or performance. Many thermostats or heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) controllers have built-in wireless technology, enabling homeowners to communicate with their smart home by simply using their cellphone…

  • VIDEO: Building security with glass break detection

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    Systems design engineer, Brian, shows us a really cool glass break and fire/carbon monoxide (CO) alarm detection demo for a building security system using the SimpleLink™ CC1312 wireless MCU. This board has the capabilities to seamlessly switch between a glass break detector and a fire/CO alarm detector with the flip of a switch. The detection algorithms leverage Fourier Transforms, zero…

  • Innovate, accelerate and connect across frequency bands and protocols with the SimpleLink™ MCU platform

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    The technology standards and platforms we use to connect have a direct impact on real-time sensing, communication and data sharing, which are vital to business and commerce worldwide.

     

    With endless design and connection possibilities, the challenge remains for Internet of Things (IoT) developers to create secure, low-power and robust…

  • How SysConfig jump-starts embedded system development

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    One of the significant challenges for embedded systems developers is how to efficiently and accurately configure their systems. Today’s advanced microcontrollers (MCUs) include a variety of processor cores, hardware accelerators, advanced radios, sophisticated peripherals and interfaces, and come in packages with elaborate pin multiplexing schemes.

    Software examples…

  • VIDEO: TI Bulk Acoustic Wave (BAW) resonator technology with Bluetooth 5

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    Danielle, from the SimpleLink R&D team, shows us the advantages of TI BAW (Bulk Acoustic Wave) resonator technology with a demo using the industry first crystal-less MCU: SimpleLink  CC2652RB, taking advantage of the full featured Bluetooth 5 capabilities.

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  • Designing a building security system with the Sub-1 GHz Linux Gateway Software Development Kit

    Building security systems come in many system topologies, ranging from a simple alarm system to a complicated network of sensors that all report to a main security panel acting as a hub. These systems are either wired or wireless based on their deployment, and when wireless leverage many different types of connectivity to achieve their specific application. Some applications (like security cameras) use Wi-Fi® for a native…

  • VIDEO: Wi-Fi security challenges and FIPS Validation

    What does it take to meet the Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS)?  What does FIPS Validated mean? Do you need it?  Andrew joins Nick and me in this Connect episode to dig deeper into Wi-Fi security challenges and wireless MCUs. The SimpleLink™ Wi-Fi CC3135 and CC3235 devices are the first FIPS validated wireless SoCs available today. 

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  • Leveraging MSP430™ FRAM MCUs with integrated configurable analog in modern-day factories

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    Most revolutionary changes in factories can be traced back to some groundbreaking innovation. Whether harnessing the power of steam in the mid-18th century or developing the assembly-line production model in the early 20th century, every innovation has led to radical efficiency and productivity improvements.

    We are in an era where the innovation of industrial robotics…

  • Easily solve design challenges with MSP430™ MCUs

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    Have you ever found a seemingly perfect microcontroller (MCU) that meets your design requirements, only to realize it doesn’t scale in memory or offer flexibility in peripherals? As a designer, you face challenges every day, but the scalability of an MCU should not be one of them. In this article, I’ll explain how MSP430 MCUs are able to:

    • Address scalability challenges…
  • VIDEO: Wearable, wireless patient monitoring demo with Bluetooth 5

    In this Connect series demo, we will demonstrate a new reference design available on ti.com for a simple, wearable multi-parameter patient monitor for synchronized electrocardiography (ECG) and photoplethysmography (PPG) measurements. Check it out!

    The reference design features:

    • Raw data to calculate heart rate, SpO2, and PTT
    • Bluetooth 4.2 and 5.0 support
    • Battery life of 30 days using highly efficient DC/DC converter…
  • Changes to The Process

    Thank you for following our company’s The Process blog. This week, we are refreshing the look and structure of the technical blogs on the TI E2E site to simplify how to find and select the relevant content for your interests. This week, we are changing the content category name from “blog” to “technical articles.”

    The Process is moving under the topic heading Embedded processing and you…

  • Changes to MSP Low-Power Plays coming soon...

    Thank you for following our company’s MSP Low-Power Plays blog. This week, we are refreshing the look and structure of the technical blogs on the TI E2E site to simplify how to find and select the relevant content for your interests.

     

    1) We are changing the content category name from “blog” to “technical articles.”

     

    2) In addition, MSP Low-Power Plays is moving under the topic headin…

  • Changes to ConnecTIng Wirelessly coming soon...

    Thank you for following our company’s ConnecTIng Wirelessly blog. This week, we are refreshing the look and structure of the technical blogs on the TI E2E site to simplify how to find and select the relevant content for your interests.

     

    1) We are changing the content category name from “blog” to “technical articles.”

     

    2) In addition, ConnecTIng Wirelessly is moving under the topic heading 

  • VIDEO: Bluetooth-enabled skin temperature patch demo

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    In this Connect series demo, Brandon shows us how to use our new high-precision digital temperature sensor, TMP117, in a SimpleLink™ Bluetooth-enabled skin temperature patch. Check it out!

    The TMP117 provides a 16-bit temperature result with:

    • resolution of 0.0078°C 
    • accuracy of up to ±0.1°C across the temperature range of -20°C to 50°C with no calibration…
  • New ways to design and implement user interfaces in dishwashers

    Dishwasher products have evolved from a luxury appliance into an essential kitchen appliance for most households. While dishwasher prices vary mainly because of their capacity and brand name, there are now additional features like stainless-steel finishes and capacitive touch interfaces.

     

    Capacitive touch technology is changing how consumers operate dishwashers, and also motivating designers to innovate. Let’s look at…

  • How to add capacitive touch capability to cooking ranges

    Capacitive touch technology has been rapidly adopted in electronic equipment under the slogan “design meets functionality.” For example, imagine an invisible touch interface that activates backlights as you approach, allowing control elements to become visible.

    Many cooking ranges have done away with classic knobs and buttons in favor of capacitive touch, enabling modern design implementations and solving…

  • Preventing unintended user inputs on washers and dryers with guard channels and smart software algorithms

    Like many modern appliances that have exchanged their traditional mechanical button and knob designs for a sleeker capacitive touch user interface, washers and dryers with capacitive touch can be susceptible to false user input events caused by envi...