Hybrid RF and PLC Reference Design Extends Network Coverage and Reliability TIDC-HYBRID-RF-PLC (ACTIVE)

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The importance of on-time response and monitoring in Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) and distribution automation networks increases demands on reliable communications. This TI Design addresses this issue by implementing a solution with both RF and Power Line Communication (PLC). This design can help improve network performance, reliability,  capacity, and scalability. The CC13xx wireless MCU acts as both the RF protocol processor and the host for the PLC processor, resulting in additional cost-saving for the system design. This design is based on a proprietary RF solution to provide a reference for choosing various RF protocols and frequency bands as required in different markets. The Hybrid Wireless M-Bus and G3-PLC Reference Design implements a specific version of the hybrid RF+PLC concept.

Features
  • Improve network reliability via simultaneous transmission over wireless and PLC networks.
  • Improve network capacity via spatial multiplexing by utilizing the RF and PLC networks to simultaneously transmit independent data. 
  • Improve network scalability by acting as a bridge between RF and PLC networks, extending the area covered within a territory.
  • Fully programmable protocol design provides various options for PLC/RF communication protocols and frequency bands: PLC protocols (PRIME, G3-PLC, and PLC-Lite) over CENELEC, ARIB, and FCC frequency bands, and RF protocols (Wireless M-Bus, IEEE 802.15.4g FSK, and Long range mode) over Sub-1 GHz (CC1310 or CC1350) and 2.4 GHz frequency bands (CC1350).

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Part Number Name Product Family Sample & Buy Design Kits & Evaluation Modules
AFE031  Low-cost, integrated, powerline communications (PLC) analog front-end for driving low-impedance lin  Operational amplifiers (op amps)  Sample & Buy View Design Kits & Evaluation Modules
CC1310  SimpleLink Sub-1 GHz Ultra-Low Power Wireless Microcontroller  SimpleLink Solutions  Sample & Buy View Design Kits & Evaluation Modules
PTH08080W  2.25 A, 4.5-V to 18-V Input Wide Adjust Miniature Power Module  Step-down (buck)  Sample & Buy View Design Kits & Evaluation Modules
SN74HC03  Quadruple 2-Input Positive-NAND Gates With Open-Drain Outputs  Gate  Sample & Buy View Design Kits & Evaluation Modules
SN74LVC1G57  Configurable Multiple-Function Gate  Gate  Sample & Buy Not Available
SN74LVC2G07  Dual Buffer/Driver with Open-Drain Output  Buffer/driver  Sample & Buy View Design Kits & Evaluation Modules
TPD2E001  Low-Capacitance 2-Channel +/-15kV ESD Protection Array for High-Speed Data Interfaces  Circuit protection  Sample & Buy View Design Kits & Evaluation Modules
TPS3828  Voltage Monitor With Watchdog Timer  Power management  Sample & Buy View Design Kits & Evaluation Modules

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User guides (1)
Title Type Size (KB) Date
PDF 2765 11 May 2016
Design files (6)
Title Type Size (KB) Date
ZIP 686 20 Apr 2016
ZIP 621 20 Apr 2016
ZIP 1766 20 Apr 2016
ZIP 3115 20 Apr 2016
PDF 143 20 Apr 2016
PDF 1144 20 Apr 2016
Related Tools & Software

Reference Designs  ( 1 )

Name Part Number Tool Type
Heat Cost Allocator with wM-Bus at 868 MHz Reference Design  TIDA-00838  TI Designs

Software (4)

Name Part Number Software Type
G3 Cenelec Service Node Power-Line Communication Modem  TI-PLC-G3-CENELEC-SN  Software Development Kits (SDK) 
G3-PLC Service Node Modem for ARIB  TI-PLC-G3-ARIB-SN  Software Development Kits (SDK) 
G3-PLC Service Node Modem for FCC  TI-PLC-G3-FCC-SN  Software Development Kits (SDK) 


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