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TI unveils TMDSDC3359 EVM and PLC system-on-module

25 Sep 2013

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Texas Instruments released the TMDSDC3359 Smart Data Concentrator evaluation module (EVM) and power line communication (PLC) system-on-module to help smart grid developers create format-flexible data concentrator designs for processors, microcontrollers and connectivity solutions.

The EVM contains information on more than 20 analogue components under TI's product lines in segments such as isolation, logic, interface and power management. Included in the SOMPLC-F28PLC83 PLC system-on-module are TI's AFE031 analogue front end and C2000 Piccolo F28PLC83 microcontroller.

TI highlighted the following features:

  • Contains TI's Sitara AM3359 processor to provide the necessary performance headroom for the complex routing algorithm in the data concentrator to connect with more than 2,000 e-meters.
  • Implementing a Sitara AM335x processor or an alternate Tiva C Series ARM MCU provides developers a larger range of performance (80MHz to 1GHz) and cost options.
  • Includes advanced hardware and software that reduce development time by up to nine months while still supporting quick connectivity to more than 2,000 smart e-meters.
  • TI's AFE031 for power metering works with a C2000 MCU to offer the industry's only complete 2-chip PLC solution including all active circuitry for transmission, receive and control. A cost-effective, integrated PLC AFE, the AFE031 is capable of capacitive- or transformer-coupled connections to the power line while under the control of a C2000 MCU.

    Integrated communication interfaces include two Ethernet (MAC) ports, USB and up to eight UARTs for quick and easy connectivity to other systems on the smart grid.

    The EVM is available with multiple PLC stacks for MAC and PHY layers so developers can create designs that support PLC-Lite, PRIME, G3 and IEEE-P1901.2 standards. DLMS/COSEM applications standard, supported by third party Aricent, pre-determines how the data concentrator will organise metrology data and send it back to the utility.

    The TMDSDC3359 Smart Data Concentrator EVM can be purchased for $699 on Texas Instruments' eStore as well as authorised distributors.

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