TI introduces industry's first reconfigurable DC arc detect reference solution

TI introduces industry's first reconfigurable DC arc detect reference solution

RD-195 reliably detects electrical arc faults and alerts system to avert fires
caused by arcing

PR Newswire

LONG BEACH, Calif., March 19, 2013

LONG BEACH, Calif., March 19, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Today at the Applied Power
Electronics Conference (APEC), Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) (NASDAQ:
TXN) introduced the industry's first fully programmable DC arc detect
reference solution. The RD-195 makes it faster and easier for designers to
address a growing need to safeguard high-power DC systems, such as automobile
and aircraft battery management systems, industrial factory equipment, and
photovoltaic units, against the catastrophic damage that can result from arc
faults. Designers can program the RD-195 to optimize the balance between
arc-detection accuracy and false detection prevention to meet their system
needs. The RD-195 is accompanied by a software application tool that enables
alteration of threshold detection parameters. For more information or to place
an order, visit www.ti.com/arcdetect-pr.

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See the RD-195 demonstrated in TI's booth #109 at APEC in Long Beach, Calif.,
or watch a video demonstration at www.ti.com/rd-195-prv.

Key features and benefits of the RD-195

  oFully programmable reference solution: The arc detection threshold
    parameters can be configured using the accompanying software tool so that
    the system always detects valid arcs, while minimizing nuisance tripping.
  oExtremely flexible and reliable: The RD-195 detects different types of
    arcs, including series, parallel and ground arcs. It is designed to
    operate in noisy environments with RF interference. Additionally, all
    signal chain components in the solution operate across the full industrial
    temperature range of -40 degrees C to +85 degrees C.
  oFast detection time: The typical response time of the solution is less
    than 100 ms, which allows the system controller to take quick action,
    mitigating the consequences of fires caused by arcing.
  oCompliant to industry standards: The RD-195 is certified per the
    Underwriters Laboratories^® UL1699B standard, and is listed as a
    recognized device under UL1998. This helps ease and speed designers' time
    to market with a UL-certified product. It is also compliant with the
    NEC690.11 solar power safety requirements.
  oEasy development with the RD-195 EVM: The RD-195 evaluation module (EVM)
    enables designers to evaluate the RD-195 for a variety of applications.
    The EVM includes TI's C2000™ Piccolo™ TMS320F28033 32-bit microcontroller
    with C28x core and control law accelerator (CLA), one SM73201 16-bit
    analog-to-digital converter (ADC), three SM73307 dual-channel precision
    operational amplifiers (op amps), and one SM73308 low noise, rail-to-rail
    output op amp. Also included are bill of materials, schematic, board
    layout files, software application tool, firmware licensing agreement, arc
    detect code with UL1998 models, and application note.

Tools and support
The RD-195 reference solution features a software application tool that allows
designers to fine-tune the system's arc detection threshold levels to increase
its accuracy in detecting valid arcs and avoiding false detects. Also included
are reference design CAD files.

Technical support is available on the Precision Data Converters Forum in the
TI E2E^TM Community, where engineers can ask questions and get answers from TI

Availability, packaging and pricing
The RD-195 arc detect reference evaluation kit is available today at a
suggested retail price of US$199.

TI analog for industrial
TI is the industrial semiconductor market share leader, providing a diverse
portfolio of analog integrated circuits (ICs) for a broad range of
applications, including Smart Grid, factory automation, high-voltage power,
LED lighting and control. TI data converters, amplifiers, interface, isolation,
clocking, and power management devices enable customers to differentiate their
products, while TI software, design tools and reference designs simplify and
accelerate design cycles. Learn how TI analog products improve industrial
safety, efficiency and reliability at www.ti.com/industrial-pr.

Learn more about TI's RD-195 by visiting the links below:

  oPurchase the RD-195 EVM: http://www.ti.com/rd-195s-pr. 
  oWatch a video demonstration: www.ti.com/rd-195-prv.
  oDownload the RD-195 user guide: www.ti.com/rd-195ug-pr. 
  oDownload the solar applications white paper: www.ti.com/whitepaper-pr.

About Texas Instruments
Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) is a global semiconductor design and
manufacturing company that develops analog ICs and embedded processors. By
employing the world's brightest minds, TI creates innovations that shape the
future of technology. TI is helping more than 100,000 customers transform the
future, today. Learn more at www.ti.com.

TI E2E, C2000 and Piccolo are trademarks of Texas Instruments. All other
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