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TI debuts Data Concentrator EVM for smart grid solutions

Posted: 25 Sep 2013 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Texas Instruments? system on module? smart grid? wired connectivity? radio service?

Texas Instruments recently announced the Smart Data Concentrator evaluation module with accompanying line communication (PLC) system on module and supporting software for smart grid developers. The TMDSDC3359 EVM provides the flexibility and scalability with numerous performance, cost and connectivity options, allowing developers to create data concentrator designs that can be adapted to many worldwide smart grid standards.

The company's latest evaluation module includes the Sitara AM3359 processor, enabling expanded wired and wireless connectivity options through flexible peripherals. The module also allows developers to easily add multiple connectivity options, including The PLC system-on-module (SOMPLC-F28PLC83) contains the company's C2000 Piccolo F28PLC83 microcontroller and AFE031 analogue front end (AFE) for robust G3, PRIME and S-FSK support. Adding the system-on-module and TI's PLC software stacks (PRIME, G3, IEEE P1901.2 or PLC-Lite) to the Smart Data Concentrator EVM allows developers to set up a data concentrator demo with PLC connectivity in as little as 10 minutes.

The TMDSDC3359 EVM includes more than 20 analogue components from TI's power management, interface, isolation and logic portfolios, which makes it easier for smart grid developers to design with TI's processors, microcontrollers and connectivity solutions with these analogue products.

The device also includes an extensive open-source Linux software development kit that includes fully customisable, pre-written code allows developers to easily add functionality and features to data concentrator designs without the hassle of writing and tweaking code. It also includes resources such as PLC stacks (PLC-Lite, PRIME, G3, IEEE-P1901.2), network protocols and applications like DLMS/COSEM so developers can customise their products for multiple regional and global standards.

Developers can also leverage the customisable hardware and software to easily fit the new Smart Data Concentrator EVM into a final product. With a sophisticated evaluation module that saves up to nine months in the design cycle, developers can instead focus on getting a differentiated product to market more quickly.

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