Data Concentrator Reference Design for Smaller AMI Networks Reduces Infrastructure Cost

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Description

The TIDM-MINI-DC reference design implements a light-weight powerline communication (PLC) data concentrator (DC) solution integrated with an Ethernet Repeater feature. A power grid network is static, which means that once end-nodes are installed the number of nodes to be supported by a DC is fixed. Electric utilities often have many feeder lines with only a small number of end consumers. It is not cost-effective to install a high-performance DC solution capable of supporting a large number of end nodes for these feeders. This design offers a low-cost PLC DC solution to support smaller networks with an Ethernet Repeater (or Edge Router) feature to interconnect the local PLC network to an Ethernet-based backbone network so that a control center can control the PLC end-nodes directly. 

Features
  • Supports a network up to 32 nodes with a light-weight data concentrator solution using the same platform as PLC service nodes
  • Extends network coverage with PLC/ethernet repeater (or edge router) feature interconnecting ethernet and PLC networks
  • TM4C1294 is a single-chip MCU device integrated with ethernet MAC/PHY
  • Supports both CENELEC-A and FCC frequency bands with the mini-DC solution based on TMS320F28375S and AFE032

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Part Number Name Product Family Sample & Buy Design Kits & Evaluation Modules
AFE032  Power Line Communications Analog Front End  Operational Amplifiers (Op Amps)  Sample & Buy View Design Kits & Evaluation Modules
PTH08080W  2.25 A, 4.5-V to 18-V Input Wide Adjust Miniature Power Module  Non-Isolated Module  Sample & Buy View Design Kits & Evaluation Modules
SN74HC03  Quadruple 2-Input Positive-NAND Gates With Open-Drain Outputs  Gate  Sample & Buy Not Available
SN74LVC1G57  Configurable Multiple-Function Gate  Logic  Sample & Buy Not Available
TM4C123GH6PM  High performance 32-bit ARM® Cortex®-M4F based MCU  Control + Automation  Sample & Buy View Design Kits & Evaluation Modules
TM4C1294NCPDT  IoT enabled High performance 32-bit ARM® Cortex®-M4F based MCU  Control + Automation  Sample & Buy View Design Kits & Evaluation Modules
TMS320F28375S  Single-Core Delfino Microcontroller  Real-time Control  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
TPD4S012  4-Channel USB ESD Solution with Power Clamp  Circuit Protection  Sample & Buy View Design Kits & Evaluation Modules
TPS2052B  Current-Limited, Power-Distribution Switches  USB Power and Charging Port Controllers  Sample & Buy View Design Kits & Evaluation Modules
TPS3897  Single-Channel Ultra-Small Adjustable Supervisory Circuit With Active-High Open-Drain Output  Power Management  Sample & Buy View Design Kits & Evaluation Modules
TPS62080  1.2A High Efficient Step Down Converter in 2x2mm SON Package, with Adjustable Vout  Step-Down (Buck)  Sample & Buy View Design Kits & Evaluation Modules
TPS737  Single Output LDO, 1A, Adj. (1.2 to 5.0V), Reverse Current Protection  Linear Regulator (LDO)  Sample & Buy View Design Kits & Evaluation Modules

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User guides (1)
Title Abstract Type Size (KB) Date Views TI Recommends
PDF 4696 20 Sep 2016 459
Design files (6)
Title Abstract Type Size (KB) Date Views
ZIP 939 23 Sep 2016 93
ZIP 356 23 Sep 2016 52
ZIP 1115 23 Sep 2016 46
ZIP 1250 23 Sep 2016 34
PDF 163 23 Sep 2016 64
PDF 498 23 Sep 2016 622
Related Tools & Software

Reference Designs (1)

Name Part Number Tool Type
System on Module for Power Line Communication (FCC frequency band) Reference Design  TIDM-SOMPLC-FCC  TI Designs

Design Kits & Evaluation Modules (1)

Name Part Number Tool Type
ARM® Cortex®-M4F-Based MCU TM4C1294 Connected LaunchPad™ Evaluation Kit  EK-TM4C1294XL  Evaluation Modules & Boards 

Software (2)

Name Part Number Software Type
G3-PLC Service Node Modem for FCC  TI-PLC-G3-FCC-SN  Software Development Kits (SDK) 



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