Electric transportation | Education | Automatic identification
| Government | Optical 3-D measurement | Biometrics screening
TI's low-power, energy-efficient technologies are being put to use in other industries as well. Here is a broad sampling of other applications using our products.
Electric transportation is a concept that has been around for more than a century. And given today’s growing environmental sensitivities, long-term fuel supply concerns, fossil-fuel prices and improved technology, there is a strong motivation for TI to further accelerate this market segment.
With a full range of chip-controlled technology, TI-enabled electric vehicles are more fuel-efficient, cleaner and safer, thanks to features such as:
TI created a battery-management device for hybrid electric cars, which helps manage the state-of-health of the vehicle’s battery pack as well as power in the vehicle’s system more efficiently. Currently, every electric vehicle plugged into the power grid requires energy equivalent to that of six homes.
- Electric power steering systems that eliminate traditional hoses and pumps, improving overall fuel economy by an average of 5 percent.
- Integrated starter alternators that cut fuel consumption and lower emissions by 30 percent – and start vehicles noiselessly.
- Tire-pressure gauges that warn of impending blowouts.
The TI-Nspire™ suite of educational technology is revolutionizing the way mathematics and science are taught and learned, which is improving students’ interest, understanding and achievement in these subjects. Our integrated solution for math and science classrooms enables:
TI also brought its DLP® technology from movie theatres into classrooms, with 3-D-ready projectors that deliver a visually immersive environment for advanced learning. DLP® pico projectors are ultraportable, making them perfect for student work groups and study teams.
- Math and science content to be shared digitally, which helps educators with classroom management, expedites learning, and increases student engagement.
- Teachers to gauge students’ understanding of math and science concepts immediately, so that they can track progress and adjust instruction as needed.
- Easy-to-use solutions for the science classroom, lab or field.
- Students to use images that connect math and science to the real world.
- Educators to create rich activities and demonstrate math and science concepts.
Other educational applications for 3-D are countless, and include:
- Briefing military personnel on the latest capabilities for fighter planes as the aircraft pivots to simulate flight on the screen.
- Showcasing the latest plans for a construction project computer-aided design.
- Offering anatomy lessons that allow medical students to visually practice heart surgery.
- Creating 360-degree-view images of complex molecular bond structures for chemistry students.
- Bringing movies to life in a home theater.
Once known primarily as a supply-chain logistical tool for retailers, government agencies and shippers, TI’s radio frequency identification device (RFID) technology is making its way into a variety of applications, including curbside recycling bins, airport luggage tags and credit cards.
TI-RFid™ identification devices improve efficiency and reduce vehicle emissions for multinational companies, helping them maintain accurate inventories. This cuts unnecessary truck deliveries as well as the number of trips customers make to the store for items that would have otherwise been out of stock during their initial visit.
TI does not sell products directly to the U.S. government for defense-related applications. However, our customers may use our products in end equipment that has defense- and national security-related applications.
Optical 3-D measurement
DLP® technology allows optical measurements to be taken in three dimensions by projecting patterns of light onto an object. A camera or sensor can pick up the deflection, and image processing can be used to calculate a 3-D image. This can be used:
- In industrial settings to inspect hard-to-reach or uneven surfaces, measure machine parts for accuracy, or ensure the quality of auto parts.
- By dentists to measure the width and height of teeth, so that they can diagnose dental issues without creating a mold.
- By physicians to accurately fit prosthetics on patients who have lost a limb
Biometrics is the science of measuring and statistically analyzing biological data for personal identification and authentication. TI is leveraging digital signal processing technology to enhance security and make identity theft a thing of the past.
Voice, fingerprint and iris recognition technology can provide authorized access to buildings, banks, airports and other secure areas. It also can protect against cyber crime and identity theft.
We are working with customers to incorporate this type of biometrics into various applications – from electronic door locks to vehicle ignition control systems.