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The Fundamentals of Logarithmic Amplifiers and How They Handle Wide Dynamic Range Signals Publish Date: 2019-03-21

How to use log amplifiers to compress wide dynamic range signals to make them compatible with linear processing elements like digitizers.

The Basics of Direct Digital Synthesizers (DDSs) and How to Select and Use Them Publish Date: 2019-03-20

Use the right direct digital synthesizer (DDS) for accurate and stable analog waveforms with both phase and frequency agility.

Use a PPG/ECG Combo Wearable Biosensor Module for FDA-Certifiable Cardio Measurements Publish Date: 2019-03-19

A tiny module offers a drop-in solution for adding both one-lead ECG and pulse oximetry to low-power mobile devices.

Tomorrow’s Vehicles Will Have Even More Technology Publish Date: 2019-03-15

The automotive industry development of a secondary 48 V electrical system requires extensive isolations for safety and insulation control.

The Basics of CircuitPython for Rapid Microcontroller-Based Prototyping and Development Publish Date: 2019-03-14

Adafruit’s CircuitPython brings the increasingly popular Python programming language to inexpensive, embedded microcontroller dev boards.

How to Quickly Connect and Send IoT Data Straight to the Cloud and Access it Remotely Publish Date: 2019-03-13

Use the Microchip Technology AC164160 Google Cloud Evaluation Board and sensor IoT endpoint solution to quickly and securely connect to Cloud IoT storage.

How to Drive Multicolor LEDs Publish Date: 2019-03-12

With multicolor LEDs, designers can replace multiple LEDs with just one to save space, power, and cost, while quickly adding value to an embedded system.

Robotics, the Next Generation Publish Date: 2019-03-11

To develop intelligent and sophisticated robot systems requires innovative analog and embedded technologies and Texas Instruments offers some helpful products.

Work Smarter, Not Harder Publish Date: 2019-03-08

A look at a selection of Texas Instruments products that can assist in designing products to fill the needs and demands of tomorrow’s smart solutions.

An Architecture to Improve X-Ray Security System Throughput Publish Date: 2019-03-07

Use a high-speed 16-bit, SAR ADC to accelerate digital x-ray system throughput while maintaining accuracy and resolution.

Know When and How to Choose and Apply an External DAC for a Microcontroller Publish Date: 2019-03-06

Designers can add an external DAC to a microcontroller that enhances system functionality while conserving board space.

Build a Battery-Free Bluetooth-Enabled Wireless Switch for Smart Products Publish Date: 2019-03-05

Developers can easily create a battery-free wireless switch using an ultra-low-power Bluetooth 5.0 module and pushbutton energy harvester.

The Right Cable for an Industrial Application: How to Choose and Use for Design Success Publish Date: 2019-02-28

Cable choices for the Industrial IoT demand careful attention to physical and electrical considerations such as conductor types, shielding, and flexibility.

Accelerate Long-Range Wireless Connectivity Design with a LoRaWAN System-in-Package Publish Date: 2019-02-27

A 6 x 6 mm module and software provide a drop-in solution for low-power, low-cost, long-range IoT connectivity using LoRaWAN technology.

How to Safely and Efficiently Switch Current or Voltage Using SSRs Publish Date: 2019-02-26

The solid state relay (SSR) is a safe, versatile, rugged on/off switch between a low level control signal and an AC/DC load, but needs to be applied carefully.

MEMS versus ECM: Comparing Microphone Technologies Publish Date: 2019-02-21

Increasing numbers of devices utilize microphones to capture sound. Two of the most commonly used microphone technologies are MEMS and ECM.

Solve Microcontroller I/O Expansion Problems by Applying External Devices Publish Date: 2019-02-20

Developers can avoid tearing up their designs by expanding their microcontroller’s I/O using readily available, discrete expansion ICs.

Use Millimeter Wave Radar Kits for Fast Development of Precision Object Detection Designs Publish Date: 2019-02-19

Developers can add the range and accuracy of mmWave radar-based detection to their systems using a single device and accompanying software.

Why and How to Use the Serial Peripheral Interface to Simplify Connections Between Multiple Devices Publish Date: 2019-02-14

The Serial Peripheral Interface (SPI) is popular as a simple, low-cost interface between multiple devices such as microcontrollers, sensors, and actuators.

How to Implement LoRa Firmware Over the Air (FOTA) with Minimal Power Consumption Publish Date: 2019-02-13

By using a FRAM-based microcontroller instead of flash-based, designers can reduce the power required to update firmware over a LoRaWAN wireless network.

How to Select and Effectively Apply an Oscillator Publish Date: 2019-02-12

A core understanding of oscillators and their function and differences is needed to select and apply them correctly to meet design requirements.

Use a Comprehensive PLC Reference Design to Accelerate Development of Industrial IoT Applications Publish Date: 2019-02-07

A modular system design provides a compact solution to emerging requirements for next generation PLCs.

Improve Pulse Oximetry Measurements Using Dark Current Compensation Publish Date: 2019-02-06

Use a second photodiode to increase a pulse oximeter’s dynamic range to 16 bits.

Use a Microcontroller’s Functionality to Quickly Implement Analog Signal Chains in Compact Designs Publish Date: 2019-02-05

Developers can implement the basic analog interfaces required in many wearable and IoT designs using only an MCU and a few passive components.

Use a Kit to Rapidly Develop an Industrial Predictive Maintenance Application Publish Date: 2019-01-31

Developers can rapidly deploy sensor hardware and software needed to build sophisticated solutions for industrial predictive maintenance.

Use Advanced LDOs to Meet IoT Wireless Sensor Power Supply Design Challenges Publish Date: 2019-01-30

Use advanced LDOs to maximize IoT sensor battery life while easing complexity and lowering cost.

Effectively Sense Temperature in IoT Applications Using Solid State Technology Publish Date: 2019-01-29

Solid state temperature sensors are well suited for IoT applications due their small size, accuracy, linearity, low power, and ease of interfacing.

IMUs for Precise Location: Part 2 – How to Use IMU Software for Greater Precision Publish Date: 2019-01-24

IMU software determines precise position from IMU sensor data and is used in embedded applications ranging from consumer to industrial, medical, and military.

Fundamentals of Current Measurement: Part 3 – Funnel Amplifiers Publish Date: 2019-01-23

Funnel amplifiers allow high side current measurements in systems where the load’s power supply operates at a higher voltage than the measurement circuitry.

Use an External Encrypted EEPROM to Secure Data in Embedded Systems Publish Date: 2019-01-17

Designers can add an external secure EEPROM to a microcontroller that provides an efficient way to protect sensitive data from hackers.

Reduce LED Noise and Distortion for Accurate Pulse Oximetry Publish Date: 2019-01-16

Pulse oximeters require special attention to their LED drive electronics to ensure low noise and low distortion for accurate measurements.

An Easier Solution for Securely Connecting IoT Devices to the Cloud Publish Date: 2019-01-15

Using a security IC and a software library, developers can employ a more efficient approach to mutual authentication required for IoT security.

Heat Sinks: A Step-by-Step Guide to Getting the Heat Out of Your Design Publish Date: 2019-01-10

A heat sink's role is in creating a larger surface area on a heat-producing device, allowing for more efficient transfer of heat out and into its surroundings.

Quickly and Efficiently Implement Machine Learning at the Network Edge Publish Date: 2019-01-09

Developers should consider these low-power processor and board solutions to implement efficient machine learning on IoT devices at the network edge.

Use Add-On Boards to Quickly Build a Powerful IoT-Based Greenhouse LED Lighting and Sensor System Publish Date: 2019-01-08

Developers can use low-cost boards and specialized LEDs to build a complete greenhouse control system.

When More is Less: Save Valuable Space Using More Regulators Publish Date: 2018-12-20

Using multiple tiny DC-DC regulators in a design rather than fewer larger regulators can save board space and provide improved system performance.

Add Rapid Acquisition and High Accuracy to Tracking Applications Using Cost-Effective GNSS Modules Publish Date: 2018-12-19

Second generation GNSS modules offer faster satellite acquisition and better positional accuracy while becoming easier to design in.

USB Type-C, USB PD, and USB 3.1 Gen 2: New Standards in Speed and Power Publish Date: 2018-12-18

USB-C™ cables and connectors can cope with the power required for a device such as a laptop, negating the need to carry numerous cables for different uses.

Understand How to Use Switched Capacitor Filters to Save Space and Improve Filter Performance Publish Date: 2018-12-13

Use switched capacitor filters to lower parts count and get greater accuracy, temperature stability, and reliability compared to passive or active RC filters.

Save Space in Motor Control Designs with Highly Integrated Gate Drivers Publish Date: 2018-12-12

Use highly integrated modular gate drives to save BLDC motor control circuit space and make it easier to control MOSFET switching for optimum performance.

How to Use Rotary Encoders to Quickly Convert Mechanical Rotation into Digital Signals Publish Date: 2018-12-11

Applying rotary encoders to sense angular position or velocity of a shaft or axle for efficient and effective digital sensing or control.

Case Study: Characterizing a TI DC/DC Converter Publish Date: 2018-12-06

It is vital in IoT devices to have an efficient power management system to get as much energy as possible out from the battery.

Use Advanced Pressure Sensors to Boost Accuracy and Resolution in Compact IoT Designs Publish Date: 2018-12-04

Pressure sensors are critical to the IoT, with new versions emerging that feature smaller form factors, greater accuracy and resolution.

Get the Most Out of Exotic Processes for 5G LNAs Publish Date: 2018-11-29

Low noise amplifiers (LNAs) for 5G wireless require exotic processes like SiGe, SOI, and GaAs that require special attention for successful implementations.

Fundamentals of Distance Measurement and Gesture Recognition Using ToF Sensors Publish Date: 2018-11-28

Integrated time of flight (ToF) sensors provide a simple, fast, and inexpensive way to measure distance and to recognize simple gestures in embedded systems.

Get Started with USB-C Power Delivery Publish Date: 2018-11-27

Integrating USB Type-C connectors into designs requires developers pay careful attention to proper connector options and recommended layout guidelines.

Rotary Encoder Options: Absolute or Incremental? Publish Date: 2018-11-20

The main two types of rotary encoders are absolute and incremental. How do they work? What are the differences? What’s the right type for your application?

Controlling Startup and Shutdown Power Sequences Publish Date: 2018-11-14

Learn techniques to sequence the startup and shutdown of multi-rail power supplies used for FPGAs, DSP processors, and similar system on chip devices.

Quickly and Easily Apply FPGAs with the Arduino MKR Vidor 4000 Publish Date: 2018-11-13

The Arduino MKR Vidor 4000 provides a simple and inexpensive way to make use of an FPGA’s real time abilities in embedded system designs.

Fundamentals of Current Measurement: Part 2 – Current Sense Amplifiers Publish Date: 2018-11-07

How to accurately and safely amplify the low-level voltage generated by current sense resistors into a relatively large voltage that’s more easily measured.

Improving Embedded Security with the Armv8-M Architecture and TrustZone Publish Date: 2018-11-06

Securing embedded systems using the Armv8-M architecture and TrustZone.

Simplify Portable, Low-Power Audio Circuit Design Using Advanced Class D Amplifiers Publish Date: 2018-10-31

Use advances in Class D or digital amplifiers to make compact, low-power audio circuits for portable and battery powered applications.

Build More-Effective Smart Devices: Part 3 – Processor Performance Publish Date: 2018-10-30

Using a family of 32-bit MCUs to build invisible intelligence into wearables and IoT devices while optimizing for low power.

How to Efficiently Detect Motion in Wearable Devices Publish Date: 2018-10-24

When sensing motion in battery powered wearables, developers can get the features and accuracy they need while meeting power consumption requirements.

Build More-Effective Smart Devices: Part 2 – Secure Design Publish Date: 2018-10-23

Developers can use secure MCUs and authentication ICs to meet users' expectations for privacy and protection in smart products.

Add High-Performance Speech Keyword Spotting to IoT Designs: Part 2 – Using MCUs Publish Date: 2018-10-17

Developers can implement efficient KWS on MCUs using DS-CNNs from hardware optimized neural network library for resource-constrained designs.

Build More Effective Smart Devices: Part 1 – Low-Power Design with MCUs and PMICs Publish Date: 2018-10-16

Advanced MCUs and PMICs provide the foundation needed to meet user expectations for next generation smart products.

Using Redrivers to Extend the Range of High Throughput USB 3.0 Cables Publish Date: 2018-10-10

Use redrivers to expand high-speed USB applications by enabling the use of longer cables.

Fundamentals of Current Measurement: Part 1 – Current Sense Resistors Publish Date: 2018-10-09

Current sense resistors are widely used to measure current flow to track system performance, but there are nuances to be aware of for successful implementation.

How to Use Analog Switches to Dynamically Switch Audio and Video Signals Publish Date: 2018-10-03

Developers can easily switch audio and video sources while minimizing noise and signal losses by using the right CMOS analog switches.

Use IMUs for Precise Location Data When GPS Won’t Suffice Publish Date: 2018-10-02

IMUs provide precise positioning information for embedded applications ranging from consumer to industrial, medical, and military.

Add High-Performance Speech Keyword Spotting to IoT Designs: Part 1 – Using FPGAs Publish Date: 2018-09-27

Developers can add voice-activated features to resource-constrained designs using a low-power FPGA running a BNN, a highly efficient machine learning algorithm.

2G and 3G are Sunsetting: Select the Right Protocol for an IoT Network Publish Date: 2018-09-26

After choosing between the various wireless cellular interfaces for IoT devices, designers can get LTE-M based designs to market quickly with modules and kits.

Understand How to Effectively Monitor Signal Voltage and Power with RMS-to-DC Converters Publish Date: 2018-09-25

Using RMS-to-DC converters to measure the power of complex waveforms.

Quickly Implement Efficient Real-Time Clock/Calendar Functionality in Embedded Designs Publish Date: 2018-09-20

Implement real-time clock/calendar (RTCC) functions in embedded systems with minimal design time, component count, and power consumption.

Implement Flexible Smart Lighting Quickly and Easily with Zigbee Light Link Publish Date: 2018-09-19

Zigbee Light Link eases development of wireless mesh connected, low-power smart lighting.

Overcoming Power System Design Challenges in 1500 VDC Photovoltaic Systems Publish Date: 2018-09-18

Using larger strings of cells to raise photovoltaic dc operating voltages can reduce I2R losses and save deployment costs.

Mechanical Buttons and Switches Address Critical Design Requirements Publish Date: 2018-09-12

Mechanical buttons and switches come in many forms to help designers meet various safety, security, ease of access, and power-up configuration requirements.

How to Use Photodiodes and Phototransistors Most Effectively Publish Date: 2018-09-11

Photodiodes and phototransistors are key to many applications, but they require special electrical, optical, and mechanical considerations.

Use FPGAs to Build High-Performance Embedded Vision Applications with Machine Learning Publish Date: 2018-09-06

Developers can use machine learning in embedded vision applications using off-the-shelf FPGAs now available on specialized platforms.

Connect to the Cloud in 10 Minutes Using the Renesas Synergy Platform Publish Date: 2018-09-05

Using stable hardware and software like the Renesas Synergy Platform, see how to get an IoT application connected to the cloud in 10 minutes.

Build a Machine Learning Application with a Raspberry Pi Publish Date: 2018-08-30

Using the Raspberry Pi 3 and compatible versions of machine learning software, developers can begin developing sophisticated machine learning applications.

Get Started with Machine Learning Using Readily Available Hardware and Software Publish Date: 2018-08-29

Machine learning development is going mainstream thanks to accessible software and methods that enable deployment on readily available processors and FPGAs.

Add Compensated Air Quality Sensors to the Internet of Things Publish Date: 2018-08-28

Development kits enable engineers to turn air quality sensors into Internet of Things connected devices.

Measure Small Signals Riding on High Voltages, and Avoid Sensor Ground Loops Publish Date: 2018-08-23

Use isolation amplifiers to measure signals with high voltage offsets and reduce ground loops when working with multiple sensors.

Select and Apply Current Sense Amplifiers Effectively to Better Manage Power Publish Date: 2018-08-21

Learn to apply current sense amplifiers across a series current shunt resistor for precise power management in battery and line powered applications.

Bi-Directional DC/DC Controllers for 48 V/12 V Dual Battery Automotive Systems Publish Date: 2018-08-16

The usable limit of the traditional 12-volt automotive electrical system has been reached. The solution, combine the existing system with a 48 V rail.

Using Google’s Vision API For Low-Cost, Cloud-Enabled Embedded Image Recognition Publish Date: 2018-08-15

With a low-cost microcontroller, developers can use Google Vision APIs for cloud-based image recognition.

Quickly Develop Custom, HP Test Instrumentation Using Off-the-Shelf Boards and Open Source Software Publish Date: 2018-08-14

Using the Red Pitaya Open Instrumentation Platform and an array of open development tools, developers can create their own test and measurement systems.

Issues with the I²C (Inter-IC) Bus and How to Solve Them Publish Date: 2018-08-09

How to avoid common issues when working with I2C.

How Industrial Strength Cables Improve Efficiency, Reliability, and Overall Cost of Ownership Publish Date: 2018-08-08

Choosing the right cables for industrial applications is critical for efficiency, reliability, system up-time, and overall cost of ownership.

Use the Right DC/DC Regulator to Meet Advanced ADAS Requirements Publish Date: 2018-08-07

ADAS functions require DC/DC regulators which can meet challenging environmental, vibration, performance, and space requirements.

Use HyperBus to Expand Memory in Tiny IoT and Wearable Designs to Save Space and Cost Publish Date: 2018-08-01

HyperBus is an ideal 8-bit, high-speed memory interface for memory expansion of small projects where board space is at a premium.

Build a Secure, Low-Power Bluetooth Hub and Sensor Network Publish Date: 2018-07-31

Using Bluetooth hardware kits and associated software, developers can rapidly deploy secure Bluetooth connectivity between a hub and multiple sensors.

Medical Power Solutions – Standards Deliver Safety Publish Date: 2018-07-26

An examination of some of the key principles of IEC 60601 as they relate to implementation of the power supply and the need for risk assessment.

Get Embedded Microprocessor/FPGA Combo Designs Up and Running Fast with SoMs Publish Date: 2018-07-25

SoMs based on SoCs that incorporate both processors and FPGAs form the foundation for a flexible design approach to embedded systems with reduced design risk.

Electromechanical Relays Versus Contactors: How to Match the Type to the Application Publish Date: 2018-07-24

Electromechanical relays and contactors both switch power loads, but contactors are designed to switch much higher voltages and currents.

How to Optimize Display Brightness for Low Power in Real Time Publish Date: 2018-07-19

Ambient light sensors are ideal 16-bit light-to-digital converters that are instrumental when saving LCD battery power.

Get to Know Low-Smoke Zero-Halogen (LSZH) Cables: They Can Save Lives Publish Date: 2018-07-18

Low-smoke, zero-halogen (LSZH) cables can save lives, but designers need to understand where, when, and how to use them.

Hardware Softwarization Publish Date: 2018-07-17

The trend toward more programmable hardware is accelerating. Embedded engineers are now being pushed to think like modern software developers.

How to Quickly Add a Facial Recognition Camera to an MCU Publish Date: 2018-07-12

Developers can quickly add facial recognition to an embedded system with an off-the-shelf microcontroller and camera combination.

Common Mistakes to Avoid When Using Midrange Current DC/DC Regulator Modules Publish Date: 2018-07-11

Low voltage, medium current DC/DC regulator modules simplify providing DC rails, but there are some guidelines to follow to maximize their performance.

Use Off-the-Shelf ICs to Simplify Power Management in Multiport PoE+ Systems Publish Date: 2018-07-10

Power management chips make it easy to design, configure and supervise multiport PoE+ systems.

Creating a Custom Wireless Programmable Logic Controller (PLC) Publish Date: 2018-06-27

A wireless PLC provides embedded developers with an alternative method to develop real-time applications using ladder logic.

Speed Development of Secure Cellular Connected IoT Applications Publish Date: 2018-06-26

Using an all-inclusive development kit and software environment, IoT developers can rapidly implement secure cellular connectivity.

A Simple Solution Simplifies Authentication to Ensure Device Security Publish Date: 2018-06-21

Dedicated ICs simplify implementation of authentication mechanisms needed to ensure security in systems ranging from complex IoT devices to simple peripherals.

How to Select, Use, and Maintain Coaxial Connectors for RF Applications Publish Date: 2018-06-20

RF coaxial connectors are deceptively simple, so choose carefully and take proper precautions to ensure RF system connection success and longevity.

Makers and Engineers: Get to Know Your Instrumentation Amplifier for Accurate IoT Data Capture Publish Date: 2018-06-19

Instrumentation amplifiers (INAs) accurately capture low-level differential signals from a sensor, but users need to choose and apply them carefully.

Design Location Tracking Systems Quickly Using GNSS Modules Publish Date: 2018-06-13

GNSS modules simplify and accelerate RTLS design, while lowering the cost and size of asset tracking and other location identification applications.

Develop the Right Power Over Ethernet System for Industrial LED Smart Lighting Publish Date: 2018-06-11

Power over Ethernet (PoE) is ideal for smart lighting in industrial applications, but designers need to ensure standards compatibility and optimum efficiency.

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