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Engineer It

Engineer It is an educational, “how-to” video series where TI experts provide customers with fundamental knowledge and solutions to overcome design challenges. Here, you can learn how to spin your motor in minutes, avoid amplifier input/output swing limitations, test and isolate power supplies and more from industry experts.

1. Amplifiers & RF

Whether designing a precise weigh scale or a high-bandwidth communication system, these fundamental tips and tricks will help you select the right amplifier, overcome design challenges and get the most out of instrumentation amplifiers, op amps, RF amplifiers and more. 

# Title Duration
1.1 Engineer It - How to determine the ins and outs of instrumentation amps
Learn about instrumentation amps, including how to determine the difference between an instrumentation amp and an op amp, the various architectures and...
11:25
1.2 Engineer It - How to prevent electrical over-stress of analog integrated circuits
Learn how to avoid electrical over-stress and prevent damage your analog integrated circuit from precision amps expert Thomas Kuehl.
09:29
1.3 Engineer It - How to avoid amplifier input/output swing limitations
Learn how to avoid amplifier input and output swing limitations from amplifier expert Art Kay.
07:21
1.4 Engineer It – How to select an op amp based on datasheet noise specs
Learn how to select an op amp using datasheet specifications to simulate, measure and calculate results in order to minimize overall noise from precision...
09:28
1.5 Engineer It - How to terminate an unused op amp
Find out how to properly terminate an unused op amp, the benefits of doing so, commonly used circuit limitations, and how to select a proper configuration...
12:52
1.6 Engineer It – Understanding operational amplifier long term stability
Learn about long term stability of operational amplifiers and how various datasheet parameters change over the life of a product from precision amps expert...
10:08
1.7 Engineer It- Understanding the precision challenge in op amp
Learn how differences in trim methods can affect the performance of your op amp and how to pick the right one of your system.
06:17
1.8 Engineer It: How to do precision current limiting for a supercapacitor application
Learn how to limit the charging current of a supercapacitor.
04:34
1.9 Engineer It: How to simplify high voltage current measurement
Learn how to simplify high voltage current measurements from applications engineer, Chuck Sins, and current sense expert, Paul Grohe.
07:10
1.10 Engineer It: How to avoid electromagnetic interference (EMI) in op amp circuit designs
Learn how electromagnetic interference (EMI) can affect the operation of precision analog integrated circuits from precision operational amplifier (op...
14:39
1.11 Engineer It: How to understand ripples in RF devices performance
Ripples arise while characterizing devices at RF and microwave frequencies. Habeeb Ur Rahman Mohammed, apps engineer with the high speed products group,...
06:26
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2. Clock and timing

These training videos cover a wide variety of high-performance clock and timing topics, including controlling phase noise in communication systems, understanding clock jitter, simplifying clock-tree designs and more. 

# Title Duration
2.1 Engineer It: How to control synthesizer phase noise
A demonstration of how to analyze for synthesizer phase noise in your application
08:37
2.2 Engineer It: How to design with excellent PLL & VCO noise performance
Simon shows how to optimize your system design with easy design tips to gain excellent PLL & VCO noise performance
18:18
2.3 Engineer It: How to measure additive jitter in fanout buffers
Learn how to properly measure residual noise of clock fanout buffers so as not to degrade system performance in high precision applications from Jim Catt,...
12:07
2.4 Engineer It: How to ehance accuracy in radar applications
Simon explains how to enhance accuracy in radar applications using TI's RF Synthesizers
13:54
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3. Data converters

From simplifying high voltage current measurements to getting the most out of a SAR ADC, these data converter training videos explore everything from selecting the right DAC to defining a multiplying DAC.  

# Title Duration
3.1 Engineer It- How to select a precision DAC
Learn how to select a precision digital-to-analog converter (DAC). This video explains which specifications are the most important, including offset error,...
08:11
3.2 Engineer It - What is a multiplying DAC (MDAC)?
Learn what a multiplying DAC (MDAC) is and how it works. Toward the end of the video, you’ll get three tips to keep in mind when designing with an MDA...
07:36
3.3 Engineer It- How to get data sheet values from your SAR ADC
Learn how to pick the right fully differential amplifier to get data sheet values from your high-precision SAR ADC.
08:47
3.4 Engineer It- How to select an op amp to drive your SAR ADC
Learn how to select the correct operational amplifier (op amp) and RC filter value for your SAR ADC. We’ll even walk you through how to calculate, simulate...
07:09
3.5 Engineer It: How to Design Protection Circuits for Analog I/O Modules
Learn how to design protection circuits for analog input/output (I/O) modules. The video explains how attenuation and diversion can help you protect your...
06:51
3.6 Engineer It: How to simplify high voltage current measurement
Learn how to simplify high voltage current measurements from applications engineer, Chuck Sins, and current sense expert, Paul Grohe.
07:10
3.7 Engineer It: How to do a ratiometric configuration of an RTD sensor application
Learn what a ratiometric configuration is and how you can use it to increase the performance of your sensor signal path and the ADC. We’ll show you how...
05:03
3.8 Engineer It: Understanding Transient Immunity for Analog I/O Modules
Learn about tests you can perform to help protect your IC from electrical over-stress (EOS) damage and improve system reliability.
05:10
3.9 Engineer It: How to measure ACPR for wideband communications applications
Learn how to use data analysis software to measure the adjacent channel power ratio (ACPR) in a wideband communications system. We’ll look at the main...
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4. Interface

These training videos provide a better understanding of industrial interface and digital isolation designs, which enable higher bandwidths and longer transmission distances while reducing system size and complexity.

# Title Duration
4.1 Engineer It: Demystifying creepage and clearance for isolation
Learn the definitions of creepage and clearance as they relate to isolation. Gain an understanding of the differences between the two, and see an example...
06:06
4.2 Engineer It: How to isolate a power supply for RS485 & CAN
This video will demonstrate how to generate an isolated power supply for projects that require isolated RS-485 and CAN.
07:14
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5. Motor driver

Whether learning how to simplify motor drive solutions or just simply learning the basics of a BLDC motor, these training videos cover everything from the difference between a pre-driver and integrated motor to the basic motor operations that every designer should know. 

# Title Duration
5.1 Engineer It: Thermal considerations when selecting an integrated motor driver
Learn what specs and characteristics to look at from a thermal perspective when selecting an integrated motor driver from motor driver expert Mike Fir...
03:51
5.2 Engineer It: When to use a pre-driver vs. an integrated motor
What is the difference between a pre-driver and an integrated motor driver and how do you choose one over the other? Find out here from Michael Firth,...
04:21
5.3 Engineer It: Understanding basic sensored BLDC motor operation
Learn the basic operation of a BLDC motor from Michael Firth, Motor Driver marketing manager.
04:33
5.4 Engineer It: How to simplify your motor drive solution
Learn how to simplify your stepper motor drive solution from Ryan Kehr, application manager for Motor Drivers.
03:22
5.5 Engineer It: How to regulate your current when micro-stepping a stepper motor
Learn how micro steps are achieved by regulating motor current as well as the basic concepts of current regulation including how the motor coil works,...
03:39
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6. Linear Regulator (LDO)

These training videos will be used to better understand LDOs, and include information on designing the best ADC power supply, stabilizing an LDO, measuring LDO noise and power supply rejection ratio, measuring thermal resistance between junction temperature and ambiance, and more.

# Title Duration
6.1 Engineer It: Is Your LDO in Control?
In this training video, TI's David Hopkins demonstrates how to stabilize the LDO control loop.
16:23
6.2 Engineer It: How to Measure LDO Noise and PSRR
In this training video, TI's Kyle Van Renterghem demonstrates how to measure LDO noise and Power Supply Rejection Ratio (PSRR).
12:18
6.3 Engineer It: Can't Take the Heat? Share the Current
In this training video, TI's Aaron Paxton demonstrates how to source 5-A or more with Current Sharing Linear Regulators and discusses the benefits of using...
10:12
6.4 Engineer It: Measuring Thermals - How Hot is Your LDO?
In this training video, TI's Cynthia Sosa demonstrates how to understand and measure thermal properties in order to avoid running an LDO in thermal ex...
05:54
6.5 Engineer It: What is ADC PSR?
In this training video, TI's Xavier Ramus demonstrates how to measure the ADC Power Supply Rejection.
17:05
6.6 Engineer It: Why Not A DC/DC Converter?
In this training video, TI's Xavier Ramus discusses the importance of not using DC/DC converters to power High-Performance analog to digital converters....
14:40
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7. Power Management

These videos provide a variety of power design advice, from suggestions on testing power supplies to reducing electromagnetic interference. Designers working with DC/DC, SEPIC and other topologies can find design tips from TI’s leading power experts.

# Title Duration
7.1 Engineer It: How to Achieve Great EMI Performance With a Non-Synchronous Converter
Discover the keys to achieving excellent EMI performance with a non-synchronous buck converter.
10:43
7.2 Engineer It - How to test power supplies - Overview
TI's Bob Hanrahan describes how to properly test a DC/DC power supply, and ensure that it works reliably over various operating conditions. The first in...
04:43
7.3 Engineer It - How to test power supplies - Measuring Stability
Bob Hanrahan describes how to measure stability when testing a DC/DC power supply. This is the fourth video in a four-part series intended to provide the...
07:07
7.4 Engineer It - How to test power supplies - Measuring Efficiency
TI's Bob Hanrahan describes how to measure efficiency when testing a DC/DC power supply, and ensure that it works reliably over various operating conditions....
07:07
7.5 Engineer It - How to test power supplies - Measuring Noise
TI's Bob Hanrahan describes how to measure noise when testing a DC/DC power supply. The third video in a four-part series is intended to provide the designer...
06:53
7.6 Engineer It: Why Not A DC/DC Converter?
In this training video, TI's Xavier Ramus discusses the importance of not using DC/DC converters to power High-Performance analog to digital converters....
14:40
7.7 Engineer It: How to overcome temperature challenges in engine blocks
Learn how to overcome temperature challenges in engine blocks through power electronics.
7.8 Engineer It: How to power 3G/4G MIPI® RFFE power amplifiers
Learn how to meet power management design requirements for the MIPI® RFFE (radio frequency front-end) interface, a specification that simplifies multi-band...
08:29
7.9 Engineer It: How to manage envelope tracking for 3G, 4G LTE
LTE signals, available in more than 20 distinct bands across the world from various carriers, provide high-speed data transmission that need a high peak-to-average...
08:28
7.10 Engineer It: How to use Fly-Buck DC/DC converter topology
Learn how and when to use Fly-Buck DC/DC converter topology for generating an isolated supply. Texas Instruments (TI) applications engineer Vijay Choudhary...
06:32
7.11 Engineer It: An introduction and guide for designing a SEPIC
Engineer It: An introduction and guide for designing a SEPIC
07:34
7.12 Engineer it: How to use slew rate control for EMI reduction
Engineer it: How to use slew rate control for EMI reduction
04:13
7.13 Engineer It: How to isolate a power supply for RS485 & CAN
This video will demonstrate how to generate an isolated power supply for projects that require isolated RS-485 and CAN.
07:14
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8. Sensing

Whether working with position, temperature or proximity sensors, designers face a wide variety of design challenges. These videos will help provide advice on performance, accuracy and power consumption required in a sensing design. 

# Title Duration
8.1 Engineer It: How to do a ratiometric configuration of an RTD sensor application
Learn what a ratiometric configuration is and how you can use it to increase the performance of your sensor signal path and the ADC. We’ll show you how...
05:03
8.2 Engineer It: When to use an analog temp sensor vs. a thermistor
Learn how analog temperature sensors favorably compare with NTC thermistors when interfacing to an analog-to-digital converter. We’ll compare the output...
05:27
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