New innovations aimed at smart grid developers to make the next generation of products for smart metering, grid infrastructure and communication systems, including smart homes and the Internet of Things (IoT), have been launched by Texas Instruments.
New metrology solutions
TI has increased the availability of its field-tested metrology evaluation kits and grown its portfolio of metrology ICs with more memory, security and accuracy. The new polyphase metering kit based on the MSP430F6679 SoC provides developers with best-in-class accuracy, more integrated memory and advanced anti-tampering protection. These SoCs can achieve electricity measurement accuracy that meets or exceeds global regulatory requirements for smart polyphase e-meters including IEC 62053-22 and ANSI C12.20 Class 0.2 standards.
European flow meters with wM-Bus platform
TI’s growing portfolio of sub-1 GHz wM-Bus solutions, such as the SimpleLink™ CC1120 RF transceiver, is well suited to support the massive smart water and gas meter deployments in France, Italy and the U.K. TI’s wM-Bus technology allows flow meter and sub-meter manufacturers to meet standards requiring batteries to last more than 15 years in the field.
New ultrasonic flow meter
TI’s UFM-EVM solution, featuring advanced software and robust hardware, is a complete ultrasonic flow meter reference design with advanced early leakage detection for gas, water and heat meters that balances the demands of power, accuracy and connectivity. This new ultrasonic flow meter design includes complementary analog and embedded technology from TI, including a next generation analog front end (AFE), an advanced time-to-digital converter (TDC), and ultra-low power expertise featuring the TPS62730 DC/DC converter and MSP430™ microcontroller.
Wired and wireless connectivity solutions
TI offers a broad portfolio of sub-1 GHz, 2.4 GHz, Wi-Fi, ZigBee®, near field communication (NFC) and power line communication (PLC) connectivity for the smart grid. TI has leveraged its extensive expertise and field trials to create the first PLC device with PRIME, G3 and the drafted IEEE P1901.2 narrowband OFDM PLC support on the same chip. This device allows developers to easily create future-proof smart e-meters that can efficiently transmit data over existing power lines in any country. TI also has developed the SimpleLink CC3000 Wi-Fi processor and MSP430 microcontroller to enable a simple design for sub-metering applications.
Smart data concentrator simplifies data collection and transmission
TI’s recently announced Smart Data Concentrator enables robust automated meter reading (AMR), advanced metering infrastructure (AMI), and sensor network automation applications and allows utilities to simultaneously connect and manage more than 2,000 e-meters. The Smart Data Concentrator contains TI’s highly scalable Sitara™ AM3359 processor with flexible peripherals that enable multiple wired and wireless connectivity options including sub-1 GHz , 2.4 GHz ZigBee, Wi-Fi, NFC and multiple PLC standards (G3, PRIME and S-FSK support).
TI is exhibiting at European Utility Week 2013 at booth 1-D60.