Smart data concentrator module from Texas Instruments slashes up to nine months from development time with advanced hardware and

   Smart data concentrator module from Texas Instruments slashes up to nine
       months from development time with advanced hardware and software

TI's Sitara™ AM335x ARM® processors provide optimized performance that creates
connectivity with more than 1,000 smart meters

PR Newswire

SAN DIEGO, Jan. 29, 2013

SAN DIEGO, Jan. 29, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI)
(NASDAQ: TXN) today announced the Smart Data Concentrator Evaluation Module
(EVM) at DistribuTECH 2013. The TMDSDC-EVMAM335x is a highly integrated EVM
that gives developers the ultimate level of flexibility and scalability with
numerous performance, cost and connectivity options for their data
concentrator designs. Based on TI's Sitara AM335x ARM® Cortex™-A8 processors,
the EVM includes 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. For more
information about this new data concentrator EVM, visit

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.

The new Smart Data Concentrator EVM is the latest example of TI's commitment
to helping developers create innovative technology that reduces energy
consumption and smarter connected devices for the smart grid. With TI's
extensive ARM processor portfolio that has more than 500 products and boasts
offerings from $1 in price and up to 5 GHz in performance, smart grid
developers can maximize their investment, accelerate time to market and enable
differentiated products based on customer needs.

Features and benefits of the new Smart Data Concentrator EVM:

  oSitara AM335x ARM Cortex-A8 processors provide the necessary performance
    headroom for the complex routing algorithm in the data concentrator to
    connect with more than 1,000 e-meters.
  oFlexible Sitara processor portfolio is scalable from 300MHz to 1GHz based
    on customers' performance and cost needs.
  oIntegrated communication interfaces include two Ethernet (MAC) ports, USB
    and up to eight UARTs for easy connectivity to other systems on the smart
  oMultiple PLC stacks for MAC and PHY layers let developers create designs
    that support PLC-Lite™, PRIME, G3, IEEE-P1901.2.
  oIPv4, IPv6 and 6LoWPAN protocols allow developers to connect their data
    concentrator products to a wide range of home and building automation
  oDLMS/COSEM applications standard, supported by ^ third party Aricent,
    defines how the data concentrator will organize the metering data and how
    to send it back to the utility.

Pricing and availability

The TMDSDC-EVMAM335x Smart Data Concentrator Evaluation Module is available
for USD $695. For more information about purchasing the module, please contact
your TI sales representative.

Visit TI @ DistribuTECH 2013

DistribuTECH is the utility industry's leading smart grid conference and
exposition. Stop by booth 943 to see TI's Smart Grid demonstrations, solutions
and meet our Smart Grid experts. Be sure to also follow @TXInstruments on
Twitter and TI Microcontrollers on Facebook for exclusive show updates!

TI's Smart Grid solutions

With millions of energy meter ICs shipped over the past decade, Texas
Instruments is the global systems provider for innovative, secure, economical
and future-proof solutions for the worldwide smart grid. TI offers the
industry's broadest smart grid portfolio of metrology expertise, application
processors, communication systems, wireless connectivity and analog components
in readily available silicon, with advanced software, tools and support for
compliant solutions in grid infrastructure, utility metering and home or
building automation. Learn more at

Find out more about TI's smart grid metering solutions

  oTI's smart grid solutions:
  oTI's smart grid solutions guide:
  oTI's data concentrator solutions:
  oSitara ARM Cortex-A8 processors:
  oTI's ARM portfolio:
  oSmart grid TI E2E™ community:
  oRead TI's ARM processor Smart Grid white paper:

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