Smart data concentrator evaluation module from TI can connect and manage more than 2,000 e-meters


Dallas, TX, U.S.A. — (METERING.COM) — September 27, 2013 – A new smart data concentrator evaluation module from Texas Instruments has the ability to connect and manage more than 2,000 e-meters.

With accompanying powerline communication (PLC) system-on-module and supporting software for smart grid developers, the highly integrated TMDSDC3359 EVM provides the ultimate level of flexibility and scalability with numerous performance, cost and connectivity options so developers can create data concentrator designs that can adapt to many smart grid standards.

TI’s highly scalable Sitara™ AM3359 processor enables expanded wired and wireless connectivity options through flexible peripherals. Developers can add multiple connectivity options including <1 GHz (LPRF), general packet radio service (GPRS), ZigBee, Wi-Fi, near field communication (NFC) and multiple PLC standards. The PLC system-on-module (SOMPLC-F28PLC83) contains TI’s C2000™ Piccolo™ F28PLC83 microcontroller and AFE031 analog 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.

As a full TI system solution, the TMDSDC3359 EVM includes more than 20 analog components from TI’s power management, interface, isolation, and logic portfolios.

An extensive open source Linux software development kit that includes fully customizable, pre-written code allows developers to add functionality and features to data concentrator designs without the hassle of writing and tweaking code. Developers can also leverage the customizable hardware and software to easily fit the new smart data concentrator EVM into a final product.