Building automation

Design smarter, more efficient building automation systems using our analog and embedded processing products and expertise

Engineer smarter and more energy-efficient building automation systems using our analog and embedded processing products. Our system-level expertise, wide range of devices and reference designs help you bring to life innovative features, such as smarter sensing, energy efficiency and wireless connectivity. These features allow you to monitor and control intelligent buildings to create safe, efficient and enjoyable building environments.

Featured applications

Create innovative heat pump systems using our system expertise in heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC)

Why choose TI in building automation applications?


Connect more wirelessly

Enable secure wireless communication using our low-power wireless MCUs, certified modules and transceivers that support Wi-Fi®, Bluetooth®, Sub-1 GHz, Zigbee® and Matter protocols.


Improve sensing accuracy

Enable systems to better monitor and react to changes in real-world parameters like temperature, humidity, light or magnetism using our high-accuracy, low-power and fast-responding sensing products.


Reduce energy usage

Extend battery life and lower operating costs across a range of different applications with low-power devices, high-efficiency power conversion and effective power factor correction.

Engineering smarter, more energy efficient buildings

Enabling more effective security systems

A building security system is essential for keeping locations secure and people safe.  These systems can involve a variety of different components such as security cameras or video doorbells, motion detectors, door/window sensors, glass break sensors, electronic locks, and panic buttons. Our analog and embedded solutions help to capture and process data at each node, and our connectivity solutions help these different components communicate with one another, often wirelessly via protocols like Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Zigbee, Thread, or sub-1 GHz signaling. For battery-powered systems, our low power solutions and efficient, low-Iq power regulators help designers to prolong their system’s battery life for a more convenient user experience.

Application note
PIR Motion Detector Using Integrated Smart Analog on MSP430FR2355
Motion detection is valuable in many battery powered applications, from basic security sensors to fully interactive camera systems. This application report addresses ultra low power, and high performance PIR design theory.
Application note
Reed Switch Replacement with TI's Hall-effect and Linear 3D Hall-effect Sensors
This report explores two alternative sensing solutions to  Reed switches – Hall-effect switches and linear 3D Hall effect sensors – and how they can help improve your  design.
Featured products for security systems
IWR6443 ACTIVE Single-chip 60-GHz to 64-GHz intelligent mmWave sensor integrating MCU and hardware accelerator
TMAG5170 ACTIVE High-precision, linear 3D Hall-effect sensor with SPI bus interface
CC1352P ACTIVE SimpleLink™ Arm Cortex-M4F multiprotocol Sub-1 GHz & 2.4 GHz wireless MCU integrated power amplifier

Smarter sensing and power for greener HVAC systems  

Modern HVAC systems have undoubtedly improved human comfort and quality of life, however, they are often the largest consumer of energy within a building. As designers strive to make HVAC systems more energy efficient, they look to several approaches. Our solutions help to enable use of higher efficiency motors and control techniques such as permanent magnet synchronous motors and variable frequency drives, and our power solutions help to implement efficient power factor correction schemes. Sensing and wireless communications technologies help to boost system efficiencies by more accurately monitoring temperature, humidity, and human occupancy, enabling HVAC systems to be controlled intelligently to meet its heating or cooling needs.

How accurate sensing in HVAC systems improves efficiency and saves consumers money
Learn more about increasing efficiency in heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) systems.
Designing smart, energy-efficient air conditioning using TI mmWave occupancy sensors
Read about developing energy-efficient air conditioning and the advantages for occupany sensing using our mmWave technology.
Staying cool, efficiently
Air-conditioner units draw a lot of power, so their increasing popularity makes it imperative to keep energy costs lower. The only way to do this is to have energy-efficient air-conditioners and a well-insulated home. Read more.
Featured products for HVAC applications
TMP61 ACTIVE 1%, 10-kΩ linear thermistor in 0402, 0603/0805 and through hole packages
NEW HDC3022 ACTIVE 0.5% RH digital humidity sensor with permanent IP67 filter
LMG3422R050 ACTIVE 600-V 50-mΩ GaN FET with integrated driver, protection and temperature reporting

Optimized and accurate smoke detection

Although smoke detectors have long been a critical component of both commercial and residential fire safety systems, they must become increasingly advanced in order to respond to demand for earlier detection of fires, fewer nuisance alarms, compliance to modern regulatory standards, and in some cases additional functionality such as carbon monoxide sensing.  Whether a detector is based on photoelectric sensing or ionization and whether the architecture uses a discrete analog signal chain, dedicated analog front end, or signal chain implemented via an MCU, our solutions are available to help implement accurate smoke detection while maintaining low power consumption to extend lifetimes of battery-powered detectors.

Application note
Achieving 10-Year Battery Life with Smoke Alarm TPS8802
This article outlines the design methodology of using the TPS8802 to achieve a 10-year smoke alarm battery life.
Application note
Optimizing SNR in Smoke Alarm Photodiode Front Ends with TPS8802 and TPS8804
Recent trends in smoke detectors are moving toward higher sensor accuracy with fewer false alarms using photoelectric sensing. Learn more.
Application note
Dual-Ray Smoke Detector Design With MSP430FR2355 MCUs
This application report provides an overview of a single-chip solution for a dual-ray analog front end (AFE) for smoke detectors using the highly integrated analog circuitry of the MSP430FR235x MCU.
Featured products for smoke detection
TPS8802 ACTIVE Analog Front End for residential smoke alarm
MSP430FR2355 ACTIVE 24-MHz 105-C integrated analog microcontroller with 32-KB FRAM, Op-Amps/PGAs, 12-bit DACs, 12-bit AD

Reference designs related to Building automation

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Technical resources

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Enabling the next generation of video doorbells
Video doorbells are changing the face of this decades-old device and semiconductors are ready to meet the challenge.
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Extending Battery Life in Smart E-Locks (Rev. A)
Our building automation experts discuss methods to extend battery life in smart lock architectures by reducing system standby power consumption.
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How to optimize building and home automation designs for energy efficiency
Learn how nanopowered devices help increase functionality and decrease power consumption.
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