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2012 Corporate Citizenship Report


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2012 performance

Results | Looking ahead

TI continues inventing new technologies that will enable smarter, faster and more efficient electronics to be used globally.

Results

Our key energy and power-management highlights for the year include:

Smart grid
  • Introduced a new family of energy meter integrated circuits that ultimately help utility customers get the information they need to manage their energy use and make informed decisions about investing in conservation upgrades.
  • Launched a fully integrated and optimized system-on-chip and platform for smart electrical meters, allowing utilities to more accurately measure and monitor usage and consumers to take better advantage of lower off-peak rates by shifting their energy consumption to off-peak hours when feasible.
  • Developed a highly integrated smart data concentrator that enables quick connectivity to the smart grid.
  • Introduced the industry's first wireless network processor to offer the three most popular ZigBee standards for one end device (ZigBee Smart Energy, ZigBee Home Automation and ZigBee Light Link). This will help manufacturers deliver better quality of service, and consumers more easily monitor energy use to save money.
Sensors
  • Celebrated the 30th anniversary of the digital signal processor, a core TI innovation that has influenced virtually every aspect of contemporary electronics.
  • Introduced a SensorTag kit that allows app developers to easily create health and fitness, educational, or other types of apps for Bluetooth® low energy-enabled smartphones and tablets.
  • Received the Innovation of the Year Award for Design & Engineering from the Consumer Electronics Show for the TMP006, the first contactless temperature sensor designed to meet the specific requirements and constraints of consumer electronics. Previous contactless sensors were too large, power-hungry and costly for most consumer applications. The same sensor also received an Ultimate Products Award from EE Times and Engineering Design News.
  • Introduced a wireless universal gas-sensing platform to help monitor and measure abnormal environmental conditions and improve indoor working environments.
Electric transportation
  • Introduced the TPS43330-Q1 power supply for electric automotive applications, which helps reduce the amount of time an engine spends idling, thereby conserving fuel.
Electric motor efficiency
  • Developed more advanced algorithms at our Motor Lab to help eliminate wasted energy during times when motor torque is not immediately required.
  • Released a family of low-voltage motor drivers that slash power consumption as much as 80 percent compared to the nearest competitor. This extends battery life; improves thermal performance; and increases system reliability for portable and nonportable applications like printers, video surveillance, fans, pumps, valves, power tools, textile manufacturing machines, e-locks and consumer electronics.
Battery management
  • Created the next generation of the ultra-low-power MSP430™ microcontroller. Achieving new levels of performance, it cuts power and energy consumption by more than half.
  • Introduced the bq34z100 power-management chip, which provides a more accurate way to predict remaining battery capacity in portable industrial and medical equipment. The circuit extends the reliable battery run time in applications like medical instruments, power tools, e-bikes and uninterruptible power supplies.
  • Our intelligent energy harvesting and power-management solution for ultra-low-power applications was named runner-up in the 2012 Wall Street Journal Technology Innovation Awards in the energy category. The award recognized TI for its groundbreaking approach to ambient energy extraction.
Lighting/LED

  • Introduced the LM3463, a six-channel LED current controller that was recognized as one of the "Hot 100 Products of 2012" by EDN Network.
  • Developed TPS92550 and TPS92551 LED drivers that can reach power efficiencies of up to 95 percent, and make LED lighting design easy and fast.
Solar energy
  • Introduced a smart bypass diode (SM74611) that allows solar panels to continue producing power even when one of its cell strings is shaded or damaged.
Auto safety
  • Introduced the SafeTI™ functional safety platform that helps auto manufacturers produce safer vehicles by detecting and managing systematic or random failures that can cause harm to vehicles and drivers.
Health
  • Introduced technologies that allowed for more precise weight and body-composition measurements, and enabled improvements to heart-rate monitors and low-cost pulse oximeters.
Other applications
  • Released the DLP® LightCrafter, which proved to be an advanced yet versatile design platform that hundreds of companies and universities have used to integrate DLP technology into their 3-D pipe scanning, industrial quality control, vein imaging, dental scanning and 3-D fingerprinting solutions.

Looking ahead

In 2013, TI plans to continue its focus in many of these same applications.

Smart grid
  • Develop the technologies, tools and techniques to enable the electrical grid to become smarter and work more efficiently. This includes the core areas of grid infrastructure, smart metering, and home and building automation.
Sensors
  • Advance sensor technologies that help customers measure and manage water, energy, gases and environmental factors in real time, in order to use scarce resources more efficiently.
Electric transportation
  • Address the growing needs in energy efficiency and power management as various transportation sectors become increasingly electrified on a path toward energy sustainability.
  • Develop technologies to meet increasing needs for higher speeds, higher precision, lower power and more robust equipment – while maintaining the high standards of quality and reliability that the hybrid electric vehicle market demands.
Electric motor efficiency
  • Evaluate motor-drive and control solutions that can achieve higher efficiencies at a lower cost.
Battery management
  • Advance battery technologies to increase efficiency, decrease power dissipation, and promote sustainable energy storage by managing battery degradation.
Lighting/LED
  • Work with partners and customers to make LED systems easier to design and more affordable in order to facilitate widespread adoption.
Solar energy
  • Develop products in support of our customers and help progress solar power to the next level.
Auto safety
  • Develop standards-based semiconductor devices and systems to help enable the next generation of automotive safety features, such as autonomous emergency braking and heads-up display.
Health
  • Develop innovative ways to continue to increase integration, lower power consumption, and provide smart connectivity to help make fitness products more flexible, affordable and accessible.
Other applications
  • Continue to help customers create intelligent display solutions through DLP technology. This ranges from improved projection solutions for a more engaged classroom experience to cutting-edge medical imaging, 3-D fingerprinting and industrial inspection systems to provide a higher quality of life.