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  • Power House
    • Feb 16, 2018

    TI empowers design engineers at APEC

    Join Texas Instruments at the Applied Power Electronics Conference (APEC) , March 4-8, in San Antonio, Texas to experience the latest innovation in key applications, interactive design stations and advice from our experts. If you’re not attendin...
  • Behind the Wheel
    • Feb 16, 2018

    CHMSL: The third brake light

    CHMSL stands for the center high-mounted stop lamp. In a vehicle, the CHMSL is mounted above the left and right brake lights (also called stop lamps). According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, when brakes are applied, the CHMSL provides a conspicuous and unambiguous message to drivers of the following vehicles that they must slow...
  • Think. Innovate
    • Feb 16, 2018

    Power up: 6 power management trends to address growing energy requirements

    As our world becomes increasingly reliant on technology, global energy consumption is growing dramatically. Driven by many applications – including data centers, automotive and industrial – global consumer spending on electricity has near...
  • The Process
    • Feb 15, 2018

    Analog interfacing for grid infrastructure with Sitara™ processors

    Electrical grid systems are always trying to mitigate the risk of overcurrent events that can disrupt the flow of power from a power-generation source to millions of homes and businesses. To measure currents and voltages accurately, energy providers use equipment to monitor different parts of the power grid. One of the most critical pieces of grid...
  • Power House
    • Feb 14, 2018

    How to Select a MOSFET – Load Switching

    “Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, marked FemtoFET and SOT-23, So I chose the path of FemtoFET to shrink my PCB” – Robert Frost (I think) MOSFETs are being used as load switches more than they are being used in any other application, in volumes in the hundreds of millions at a time. I should probably start with exactly...
  • Enlightened: The TI DLP® Blog
    • Feb 13, 2018

    Understanding and managing solar loads for augmented reality head-up displays

    Augmented reality (AR) head-up displays (HUDs) are the next big thing in the automotive industry. The technology has finally advanced to the point where automakers and Tier-1 suppliers are actively developing AR windshield HUDs. True AR displays require a wide field of view (FOV) of at least 10 degrees coupled with a virtual image distance (VID)...
  • Think. Innovate
    • Feb 13, 2018

    Fun, activities and systems learning: new robotics kit helps university students compete for the future

    A new engineering curriculum and kit based on robotics and hands-on lab exercises will help university students learn the fundamentals of analog and embedded-systems technology. The TI Robotics System Learning Kit (TI-RSLK) is designed to inspire and...
  • Power House
    • Feb 12, 2018

    Improving the thermal performance of a power module

    A derating curve like the one shown in Figure 1 is an essential part of making a power module easy to use. With the derating curve, you can quickly see if the power module is rated to support your particular application’s requirements. In most cases, the derating curve shows the rated output current at various ambient temperatures. Operating below...
  • Analog Wire
    • Feb 12, 2018

    ESD fundamentals, part 4: ESD capacitance

    In the third installment of this series , I explored the importance of the clamping voltage of an electrostatic discharge (ESD) protection diode. Although the main goal of an ESD diode is to protect a system during an ESD event, it has another equall...
  • Power House
    • Feb 8, 2018

    Powering FPGAs – Improving overshoot of voltage regulators for Intel Arria 10 and Stratix 10 FPGAs

    Previously, in my last blog “ Improving undershoot of voltage regulators for Intel Arria 10 and Stratix 10 FPGAs ” we discussed how Asynchronous Pulse Injection (API) could reduce the undershoot of a fixed frequency DC/DC converter during a...
  • Analog Wire
    • Feb 8, 2018

    How to make precision measurements on a nanopower budget, part 2: current sensing using nanopower op amps

    In the first installment of this two-part series, I discussed the mechanism offset voltage (V OS ) and offset voltage drift (TCV OS ) in DC gain, and how to select a nanopower operational amplifier (op amp) with the right level of precision to minimize error in the signal path of an amplified low-frequency signal. In this second installment, I’ll...
  • Behind the Wheel
    • Feb 8, 2018

    AI in Automotive: Practical deep learning

    At some time in the future, society as a whole will be relatively comfortable with the use of artificial intelligence driving them in a safe manner from place to place. Exactly when this tipping point will occur is beyond my clairvoyance; however, I ...
  • Industrial Strength
    • 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...
  • Power House
    • Feb 7, 2018

    How to Select a MOSFET – Selection Tool

    In my last blog post , I talked about how difficult it can be to select the most appropriate field-effect transistor (FET) for switch-mode power supply (SMPS) applications. Predicting circuit performance from a data sheet specification is a tedious pr...
  • Power House
    • Feb 6, 2018

    Use load switches for power sequencing

    Virtually all complex processors require some kind of power sequencing at power up and/or power down. The timing requirements vary depending on processor selection and the subsystems being powered. For example, the image processor in a multifunction printer (MFP) has several rails that need to power up and power down in a specific order to properly...