Simple 6LoWPAN mesh end-node improves network performance reference design
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This reference design contains example software for implementing 6LoWPAN networks based on the Contiki-OS RTOS. This example implementation included the uIP TCP/IP stack, identified to be potentially vulnerable outlined in the following advisory: Amnesia open-source TCP/IP stack vulnerabilities (AMNESIA:33)

Due to the legacy nature of this example software, this reference design is considered OBSOLETE, and as such there is no plan to update it at this time. It is recommended that TI customers who referenced example software that included Contiki-OS evaluate the recommendations provided by the ICS Advisory and either:

  1. Ensure to take appropriate actions to mitigate these potential vulnerabilities in Contiki-OS, or
  2. Move to Contiki-NG 4.6.

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This reference design implements a simple RF mesh network end node for smart meter Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) networks. The network is an IPv6 over low-power wireless personal area networks (6LoWPAN) solution. The design implements this network in a single CC1310 SimpleLink™ Wireless MCU to optimize performance and minimize system cost. The complete 6LoWPAN mesh network runs on top of the TI-15.4 stack based on IEEE-802.15.4e/g protocols and implements an un-slotted channel hopping (USCH) mode to provide protection against network interference.

  • IPv6 networking over low-power RF in the <1GHz ISM bands
  • Implements mesh network protocols of 6LoWPAN, RPL, IPv6/ICMPv6 and UDP
  • Implements TI-15.4 stack with IEEE 802.15.4e based frequency hopping and MAC data encryption
  • Software layer architecture identical to Wi-SUN FAN v1.0
  • Fully compatible with TIDA-01547, TIDA-010024 and TIDA-010032 reference designs to provide a complete network solution
  • Supports low-power mode configuration for the battery-powered end nodes

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Part Number Name Product Family Sample & Buy Design Kits & Evaluation Modules
CC1310  SimpleLink™ 32-bit Arm Cortex-M3 Sub-1 GHz wireless MCU with 128kB Flash  Wireless connectivity  Sample & Buy View Design Kits & Evaluation Modules
LM4040  Fixed voltage, 45-µA, precision micropower shunt voltage reference  Voltage references  Sample & Buy View Design Kits & Evaluation Modules
SN74AVC4T245  4-Bit Dual-Supply Bus Transceiver with Configurable Voltage-Level Shifting and 3-State Outputs  Voltage level translators  Sample & Buy View Design Kits & Evaluation Modules
TM4C1294NCPDT  32-bit Arm Cortex-M4F based MCU with 120-MHZ, 1-MB flash, 256-KB RAM, USB, ENET MAC+PHY ;  Microcontrollers (MCUs)  Sample & Buy View Design Kits & Evaluation Modules
TPD6E004  6 channel 1.6-pF, 5.5-V, 8-kV ESD protection diode for High Speed Interfaces  Circuit protection ICs  Sample & Buy View Design Kits & Evaluation Modules
TPS796  1-A, low-dropout voltage regulator with enable  Power management  Sample & Buy View Design Kits & Evaluation Modules

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More literature (1)
Title Date Type
Wireless Network Challenges and Solutions for a Smarter Grid IoT 18 Jun 2018
Application note (3)
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PDF 1203 25 Sep 2018
PDF 51 25 Sep 2018
PDF 77 25 Sep 2018
User guide (1)
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PDF 5104 11 Apr 2019
Design files (6)
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ZIP 266 18 Jun 2018
ZIP 2460 18 Jun 2018
PDF 1266 18 Jun 2018
PDF 371 18 Jun 2018
PDF 46 18 Jun 2018
PDF 420 18 Jun 2018
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Hardware development (1)

Name Part Number Tool Type
SimpleLink™ Sub-1 GHz CC1310 wireless MCU LaunchPad™ development kit  LAUNCHXL-CC1310  Evaluation board 

Software development (2)

Name Part Number Software Type
SimpleLink™ Sub-1 GHz CC13x0 Software Development Kit  SIMPLELINK-CC13X0-SDK  Software development kit (SDK) 

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