Results | Looking ahead
TI continues inventing new technologies that will enable smarter, faster and more efficient electronics to be used globally. The acquisition of National Semiconductor will enhance our power management, solar, medical, electric transportation and LED innovations in the coming years.
In 2011, on behalf of the participating companies, the European technology industry association DIGITALEUROPE handed over the first example of a common charger to the European Commission in Brussels. This was the outcome of an earlier memorandum of understanding TI helped shape that called for the development of a common charger for data-enabled mobile phones in Europe. Thanks to this agreement, more than 30 different types of chargers available in Europe will be eliminated to just one. This will reduce an estimated 51,000 tons of electronic waste per year.
For our ongoing innovation, we received the following external recognition this year:
Some additional key highlights for the year include:
- The coveted 2011 NASSCOM Innovation Award in the “Social Innovation: Market Facing” category for its partnership with India’s Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) to develop a reference design for solar LED lanterns and charging stations.
- The MSP430FR57XX FRAM series of microcontrollers was named “Best Technology Development of Energy Harvesting.”
- Unveiled a new C2000™ Piccolo™ microcontroller that improves the quality and clarity of power line communication globally.
- Released a new solution that uses solar energy – a free power source that produces no environmental impact – to transmit information and power from various smart-grid-connected applications to the power grid itself.
- Introduced a new G3-PLC Alliance-compliant software protocol that will support multiple power line standards and design schemes using a single platform. This allows power lines to communicate more efficiently and affordably.
- Released the LM3466, which provides a constant current power supply to a grouping of LEDs, such as those used in warehouse and street lighting fixtures. As a result, the overall brightness of the lighting system can be maintained even if some LED strings are damaged and need to be disabled during operation.
- Enabled one customer to create a new LED light bulb that requires 7 watts, yields more than 400 lumens of light, and can last for 25 years.
- Introduced the industry's first fully integrated battery protection and cell-balancing solution for lithium-ion and lithium-iron phosphate battery packs. The bq77910 device simplifies battery-pack designs for e-bikes, e-scooters, portable gardening tools, power tools and uninterruptible power supplies, and can also be used when replacing lead-acid batteries.
- Announced the world’s first color graphing calculator, the TI-Nspire™ CX. It is the lightest, thinnest and brightest graphing calculator available on the market today. It also contains rechargeable batteries, extending its power and eliminating the need for single-use batteries.
- Completed the first year of innovating at our Motor Lab and assessed whether the pumps TI uses in its own fabs were the most efficient.
- Released a new sensorless motor control technology, the InstaSPIN™ BLDC solution, which gets our customers’ motors up and running within seconds.
- Continued collaborating with predominant universities, such as Texas A&M and the Wisconsin Electric Machines and Power Electronics Consortium, to conduct motor research.
- Named the title sponsor of the 2011 Bluetooth® Innovation World Cup, an initiative aimed at finding new ideas for applications and products using Bluetooth® low energy technology in sports and fitness, health care, and home information and control.
- Enabled Christie Medical Holdings, Inc. to release its proprietary VeinViewer Flex handheld medical technology.
- Enabled CNOGA to develop a noninvasive device, the TensorTip vital signs monitor, which allows pain-free monitoring of blood glucose levels in tissue capillaries. This eliminates the pain, inconvenience and cost of daily glucose monitoring in diabetics. This solution is a first of its kind to be commercialized.
- Helped Perpetua create Flexible Thermoelectric Film, which are armband devices that use body heat to wirelessly send physiological data to a physician’s computer.
- Launched DLP® LightCrafter™, an advanced design platform that will allow product designers to build 3-D fingerprint scanners and other biometric products.
- Enabled GFMesstechnik to release its ShapeScan 3-D OEM sensor, which takes accurate 3-D measurements.
In 2012, TI plans to:
- Expand our portfolio in utility metering, home and building automation, and smart grid infrastructure technology.
- Release four new system solutions for smart grid and metering applications, enabling designers to further accelerate time to market for power line communication-based and low-power wireless products.
- Continue developing intelligent LED systems that save energy, costs and enable new functionality.