How Do Isolated Devices and Life-Saving Micro-Power Devices Run on Minimal Energy?

Sensors, processors, controllers - all electronic devices require power. Sometimes the energy source is continuous, such as direct AC power or AC converted to DC, easily replaceable batteries, or only need to function during the day, which makes solar power a viable solution. However, some devices don’t have access to constant external power,...

How Connected Devices are Influencing the Future of Grocery Shopping

The grocery business has faced a number of challenges over the last several decades. High fixed costs, slim profit margins, perishable products with diverse handling requirements, and the need to manage distribution with a growing network of suppliers have all made it difficult to turn a profit, and even so, competition is at an all-time high. D...

What does I2C have to do with GPS data and how much more can GPS navigate on planet Earth?

satcomViewGPS data has been system integrated with UART for some time, an asynchronous system. With navigation becoming more prevalent in commercial products, as well as mobile robotic devices and the coming of self-driving vehicles, I2C is now being integrated with GPS signals.

These interfaces appear similar, both having two signal lines. Beyond that, t...

When is the Promira Serial Platform push-pull and when is it open collector?

Question from the Customer

I have some hardware questions about the Promira Serial Platform.  I am using two of the GPIO (pins 14 and 15) as DO (data output). Are they both open-collector pins?  Will I need to add pull-up resistors to my test board?

Response from Technical Support:

Thanks for your question!  The pins are dual function and ca...

How Embedded Systems have Transformed the Healthcare Industry With Biomedical Applications

Think about living in the 1950s. Color television was introduced. The auto industry was experimenting with their new concept of “the sports car.” And the medical industry was making its biggest strides to date. The antibiotic erythromycin was launched commercially by Eli Lilly; Jonas Salk announced his polio vaccine, the first open-heart sur...

Keeping Cool: Different Thermal Management Systems In Embedded Systems

While any computer is running, it creates thermal energy which heats up the system. When it comes to creating efficient computers and embedded systems, every engineer can explain the importance of ensuring that the devices operate at the correct temperature. When embedded systems become too hot, electrical signals may become corrupted, the hardw...

The Internet of Things: Living in a World of Connected Devices

 Total Phase blog

The Internet has made this a very small world. We are increasingly connected with people from different stages of our lives and from any location in the world. Most of us use social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr, or Reddit for these connections. And all of these are made available over the Internet.

Did you know there is a...

Total Phase Shows Optimization with Cable Testers and Power Delivery Analyzers at USB-IF Developer Days Conference

Excitement was palpable in the room at the latest USB-IF Developer Days. What are the interoperability do's and dont's of USB Type-C? What’s the latest on active cables? How do we get Type-C hosts and devices to perform optimally?

Total Phase attended the USB-IF Developer Days Conference held 9/26-9/27 in Vancouver, Canada. We showed up with o...

How Superheroes Use Embedded Devices

Lucius Fox staring at hundreds of screens that make up a single image

Hate to break it to you - but not all superheroes have superpowers. After all, they are still mere mortals. That doesn’t mean they aren’t stronger, faster, smarter, than your average Joe.  What differentiates these mortal superheroes from you and me is their use of technology. Some superheroes are your everyday mortals using super technol...

When monitoring data on the USB bus, how do I tell which data is from the host computer and which is from the device under test?

Question from the Customer:
I’m using the Beagle USB 480 Power Protocol Analyzer - Standard Edition to monitor data between devices and the host computer. Looking at the data transactions in the block view of the Data Center Software, I see “IN” and “OUT” transaction types – does that tell me the direction of the data flow?

Response...