Smart data concentrator module cuts nine months from developments

Nick Flaherty -February 04, 2013

Texas Instruments has launched a Smart Data Concentrator Evaluation Module (EVM) that can cut months from the development of a smart meter design. The TMDSDC-EVMAM335x is a highly integrated EVM based on TI’s Sitara AM335x ARM Cortex-A8 processors with advanced hardware and software that reduce development time by up to nine months while still supporting connectivity to more than 1,000 smart meters.

The Smart Data Concentrator EVM expands the functionality of designs and enables quick connectivity to the smart grid. Developers can easily plug in different connectivity modules, including Sub-1GHz (LPRF), general packet radio service (GPRS), near field communication (NFC) and TI’s power line communication (PLC) system-on-module contains a C2000 Piccolo F28PLC83 and AFE031 analog front end for robust G3 and PRIME support.

In addition, the data concentrator EVM offers an extensive open-source Linux software development kit that includes fully customizable, pre-written code. Developers can 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 customize their products for multiple regional and global standards.

Developers can also leverage the customizable hardware and software to easily fit the new data concentrator evaluation module 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.

Integrated communication interfaces include two Ethernet (MAC) ports, USB and up to eight UARTs for easy connectivity to other systems on the smart grid. IPv4, IPv6 and 6LoWPAN protocols allow developers to connect their data concentrator products to a wide range of home and building automation applications and the EVM supports the DLMS/COSEM applications standard, supported by third party Aricent, that defines how the data concentrator will organize the metering data and how to send it back to the utility.

The TMDSDC-EVMAM335x Smart Data Concentrator Evaluation Module is available for $695. For more information, visit Texas Instruments at

This article originally appeared in EE Times Europe.
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