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App note: Implementation of a single-phase electronic watt-hour meter using the MSP430AFE2xx

Sunday, October 15th, 2017

Another energy meter from Texas Instruments using MSP430AFE2xx. Link here (PDF) This application report describes the implementation of a single-phase electronic electricity meter using the Texas Instruments MSP430AFE2xx metering processors. It includes the necessary information with regard to metrology software and hardware procedures for this single chip implementation.

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App note: Extend current transformer range

Sunday, October 8th, 2017

Design note from Texas Instruments on technique in resetting and negative voltage generation from current transformers. Link here (PDF) Transformers are used extensively for current sensing because they can monitor currents with very low power loss and they have wide bandwidth for good waveform fidelity. Current transformers perform well in...

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App note: Understanding undervoltage lockout in display power devices

Sunday, April 16th, 2017

Texas Instrument's application note about how undervoltage lockout (UVLO) protect devices from undefined behavior. Link here (PDF) Many integrated circuits include an undervoltage lockout (UVLO) function to disable the device at low supply voltages. Below the minimum supply voltage the function and performance of a device may be undefined, making...

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App note: Load switches: What are they, why do you need them and how do you choose the right one?

Sunday, April 9th, 2017

Application report from Texas Instruments on load switches to simplify power supply design. Link here (PDF) Integrated load switches are electronic relays that can be used to turn on and turn off power supply rails in systems. Load switches offer many other benefits to the system and can include protection...

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App note: Low-power battery temperature monitoring

Sunday, March 26th, 2017

Low current consumption temperature battery monitoring TMP303 from Texas Instruments. Link here (PDF) Charging a battery cannot be independent of temperature. In fact, most batteries specify a range of temperatures where charging is permitted. Charging outside these bounds risks damage, failure or worse. To prevent charging when the temperature is...

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App note: Stopping reverse current flow in standard hot swap applications

Sunday, March 26th, 2017

Application report from Texas Instruments about a simple circuit that blocks reverse currents. Link here (PDF) The proposed circuit uses an inexpensive operational amplifier to sense the condition of the output voltage exceeding the input voltage, and subsequently disable the hot swap controller, stopping the flow of reverse current (current...

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TI’s Little Professor

Monday, January 23rd, 2017

A teardown of TI's Little Professor vintage calculator from KuzyaTech: This thing was sold for parts and repair since the seller did not think it was working. As it turned out, everything worked just fine, but not in an expected way. This is not your typical calculator, but rather a teaching one....

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App note: Noise analysis for high-speed op amps

Sunday, December 4th, 2016

An application report on op-amp noise analysis from Texas Instruments. Link here (PDF) As system bandwidths have increased, an accurate estimate of the noise contribution for each element in the signal channel has become increasingly important. Many designers are not, however, particularly comfortable with the calculations required to predict the...

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App note: TPS25810 Charging Port Over USB Type-C™

Sunday, November 27th, 2016

Allow more current from USB Type-C port, an application note from Texas Instruments utilizing TPS25810 and TPS2544 USB port manager. Link here (PDF) The TPS25810 is a USB Type-C downstream facing port (DFP) controller that monitors the USB TypeC™ configuration channel (CC) lines to determine when a USB device is...

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App note: bq77905 20S cell stacking configuration

Sunday, November 27th, 2016

Application note from Texas Instruments on their bq77905 ultralow power stackable battery protector. Link here (PDF) The bq77905 is a 3-5S Low Power Protector with easy stacking capabilities for higher than 5S cell battery packs. This document provides an example for setting up a stacking configuration with the bq77905 and...

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App note: LDC0851 quick-start guide

Sunday, November 13th, 2016

Texas Instrument's differential inductive switch LDC0851 application guide. Link here (PDF) Texas Instruments introduced the LDC1000 in 2012, the industry’s first inductance to digital converter. LDC1000 revolutionized the world of proximity sensing by delivering increased reliability, high resolution, and lower total system cost. The LDC1000 was soon followed by second...

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App note: The LM4935 headset and push-button detection guide

Sunday, May 1st, 2016

Another headset plug-in detection from Texas Instruments. Link here (PDF) The headset detect circuitry can differentiate between mono, stereo, mono with microphone, and stereo with microphone headsets. It can operate while the LM4935 is placed into low current standby mode, which promotes extended battery life. In standby mode, it consumes...

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App note: Auto-zero amplifiers ease the design of high-precision circuits

Sunday, February 7th, 2016

An application note from Texas Instruments on new chopper amplifers superiority over old design chopper amps. Link here (PDF) This article shows that the auto-zero calibration technique is very different from the chopper technique and is one that, when implemented through modern process technology, allows the economical manufacturing of wideband,...

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App note: Understanding thermal dissipation and design of a heat sink

Sunday, October 25th, 2015

Application report from Texas Instruments on heatsink designs. Link here (PDF) Power dissipation performance must be well understood prior to integrating devices on a printed-circuit board (PCB) to ensure that any given device is operated within its defined temperature limits. When a device is running, it consumes electrical energy that...

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SimpleLink ultra-low power wireless MCU platform

Wednesday, February 25th, 2015

Allie informs us of TI's new SimpleLink ultra-low power wireless platform for Bluetooth Smart, 6LoWPAN, ZigBee, Sub-1 GHz and ZigBee RF4CE Today, TI is helping manufacturers throw out the battery for their IoT devices with its new SimpleLink ultra-low power wireless MCU platform. This new wireless MCU family brings a first...

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App note: 868 MHz, 915 MHz and 955 MHz inverted F antenna

Saturday, November 15th, 2014

868 MHz, 915 MHz and 955 MHz inverted F antenna (PDF) application note from Texas Instruments: This document describes a PCB antenna designed for operation in the 868 MHz, 915 MHz and 955 MHz ISM bands. This antenna can be used with all transceivers and transmitters from Texas Instruments, which operates...

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App note: White LED driver with digital and PWM brightness control in 2mm x 2mm QFN package

Saturday, August 2nd, 2014

An application note from Texas Instruments, white LED driver with digital and PWM brightness control (PDF!): With a 40-V rated integrated switch FET, the TPS61160/1 is a boost converter that drives LEDs in series. The boost converter runs at 600kHz fixed switching frequency to reduce output ripple, improve conversion efficiency,...

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App note: Design of a low cost, 45W flasher with short circuit protection using LM2902 (Quad Op-Amp) and CSD18534

Sunday, July 27th, 2014

App note (PDF) on automobile flashers from Texas Instruments This Application note presents the design of a low cost, flasher circuit with short circuit protection. The design incorporates the entire recommended design feature set for two wheeler flashers and includes low/high voltage operation, half load frequency doubling, and short circuit...

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A single-supply Op-Amp circuit collection

Saturday, July 12th, 2014

An application note from Texas Instruments, A single-supply Op-Amp circuit collection (PDF!): There have been many excellent collections of op-amp circuits in the past, but all of them focus exclusively on split-supply circuits. Many times, the designer who has to operate a circuit from a single supply does not know how...

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App note: Adjustable Electronic Load for Low Voltage DC Applications

Sunday, March 30th, 2014

Here's an old but still good app note from Unitrode (Texas Instruments) on Adjustable Electronics Load. Testing power supply regulation over a specified output current range is greatly simplified with the use of an adjustable electronic load. Load current can be varied from zero to the full rated value with...

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