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TI's latest SoC ready for smart e-meter apps

Posted: 18 Oct 2012 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Smart Meter? System on Chip? PLC? RF? Cortex-M3 core?

Texas instruments Inc has recently announced that it is now sampling a fully integrated and optimised Smart Meter System on Chip (SoC) for smart electrical meter (e-meter) designs.

The integration of metrology, application and communication functions in one single chip allows developers to simplify designs, increase flexibility and reduce system costs for smart e-metering applications. The integration eliminates the need for additional discrete components and redundant interfaces, increasing the reliability of smart e-meter designs.

The new Smart Meter SoC aims to provide developers with the ultimate level of integration, complements TI's complete portfolio for smart grid e-meter designs and now allows customers to scale their smart e-metering designs from several discrete components to the new integrated solution.

TI's new SoC is a fully integrated solution combining three independent engines. The metrology engine delivers 0.5 per cent meter class accuracy and includes support for one-phase or three-phase meters. The independent, industry-standard ARM Cortex-M3 core allows ease of development for meter management firmware (DLMS/COSEM, advanced metrology, application profiles, network stack) and security with memory up to 1MB Flash. An independent, flexible communication engine includes support of multiple standards for power line communication (PLC) and radio frequency (RF) communications to allow developers to design products capable of communicating with wide area network (WAN) and home area network (HAN) domains and enabled devices.

The Smart Meter SoC is available immediately for sampling. Production quantities are expected in 3Q 2013. For more information on the Smart Meter SoC, click here.

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