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Energy sol'ns target smart grid market

Posted: 01 Feb 2012 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:smart grid? energy meter? RF transceiver? power line communication?

Texas Instruments Inc. (TI) has extended its portfolio in utility metering, home and building automation and smart grid infrastructure with technology and tools that according to the company helps in developing secure, economical and future-proof solutions for smart grid. These include energy metering ICs, Smart Energy SoCs and smart grid infrastructure platforms.

TI recently introduced 24 energy meter ICs that it said deliver industry-leading accuracy, flexibility, robustness and system cost savings for 1-phase, 2-phase and 3-phase electricity meter solutions. The MSP430F673x/F672x family of energy meter ICs combines the lowest power, most advanced metrology and clocking functionalities for high precision and robust electricity measurements design, boasted TI. The devices offer developers more flexibility in electricity metering and energy monitoring applications, added the company.

TI's CC2538 SoC claims to be the most powerful ZigBee SoC designed to support developers creating Smart Energy devices, without the added cost of a microcontroller or external memory. This RF solution for smart grid communication eases development of control applications for electricity, gas or water smart meters and in-home displays, indicated the company. Additionally, the CC1200 RF transceiver from TI supports the full bandwidth of the 802.15.4g standard for wireless smart utility networks in the sub-1GHz bands.

The company also uncloaked a power line communication (PLC) data concentrator reference demo on the smart grid infrastructure (SGI) evaluation platform that helps developers reduce time-to-market, said TI. The data concentrator gives developers the option to add PLC communication supporting different protocol standards in one design, rather than change hardware as previously required. The SGI board supports various PLC standards including PRIME, G3, FlexOFDM libraries and more, on the same hardware.

TI announced its support of the new PLC protocol, G3-PLC. Its G3 software package supports its PLC product offerings such as the PLC development kits and PLC data concentrator, enabling application compatibility with a variety of international requirements. With unique modular hardware architecture and flexible software framework, TI's PLC solutions are the industry's only PLC-based technology capable of supporting multiple protocol standards and modulation schemes with a single platform, added the company.

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