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Wired, wireless sol'ns enable smart grid apps

Posted: 17 Oct 2011     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Smart Grid  metering applications  PLC 

Texas Instruments Inc. (TI) reveals four new system solutions targeted at smart grid and metering applications to speed time to market for PLC-based and low-power wireless products. TI's smart grid portfolio combines readily available silicon, software and support for comprehensive grid infrastructure, utility meters and home or building automation systems.

 PLC Development Kit (TMDSPLCKIT-V3)

TI's new PLC Development Kit (TMDSPLCKIT-V3) meets PRIME certification coupling the TMS320F2806x Piccolo floating-point microcontroller and new AFE031 analogue front end (AFE) to offer a combination of analogue and digital components required for advanced Smart Grid applications. It also offers new services that reduce device maintenance costs while increasing system reliability.

Key features and benefits of the PLC Development Kit:
 • AFE031 claims to be the most complete and flexible PLC analogue front end that integrates the analogue circuitry required for many PLC applications allowing customers to optimise the total bill of material (BOM) costs and board space in their designs, and significantly reduce design time and system complexity.
 • Piccolo microcontrollers have a smaller package and feature hardware acceleration for PLC alogorithms providing system cost and power consumption optimisation.
 • TI's flexible PLC modem solution is capable of supporting multiple standards and modulation schemes like PRIME, G3-PLC, FlexOFDM and PLC-Lite libraries, including CENELEC bands A, B, C and D, and Federal Communications Commission (FCC) band, enabling application compatibility with a wide variety of international requirements.

TI also introduces the PLC data concentrator reference demo on the SGI evaluation platform to address Smart Grid Infrastructure (SGI) and data concentrator development. TI's new data concentrator supports various PLC standards, including PRIME, G3, FlexOFDM libraries and more, on the same hardware. More information is available at

Key features and benefits of PLC data concentrator reference demo:
 • Developers now have the option to add PLC communication supporting different protocol standards in one design, rather than change hardware as previously required.
 • Based on TI's PLC solution (AFE031+Piccolo MCU) for the PLC Physical layer (PHY) and lower Media Access Controller (MAC), and on Linux-operating-system-enabled AM18x ARM9 microprocessors or the pin-for-pin compatible OMAP-L138 DSP + ARM processor, for MAC and upper layer on ARM with optional analytics on the DSP, the data concentrator is fully supported by TI's software solutions and free hardware reference design schematics, BOM and layout gerber files.

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