Universal data concentrator reference design supporting Ethernet, 6LoWPAN RF mesh & more


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IPv6-based grid communications are becoming the standard choice in industrial markets and applications like smart meters and grid automation. The universal data concentrator design provides a complete IPv6-based network solution integrated with Ethernet backbone communication, 6LoWPAN RF mesh networking, RS-485 and more. The 6LoWPAN mesh networking addresses key concerns such as standard-based interoperability, reliability, security and long-distance connectivity. This design allows controlling and monitoring end devices remotely with a web server accessible via Ethernet backbone communication. It also provides 3.3-V and 5-V voltage rails and various peripheral interfaces to extend to additional connectivity such as broadband power-line communication (PLC), cellular and Wi-Fi®.

  • Implements universal data concentrator supporting Ethernet, 6LoWPAN mesh and RS-485 connectivity devices
  • Allows Internet of Things (IoT) services with web server and Ethernet backbone connectivity
  • Implements 6LoWPAN RF mesh network protocols of 6LoWPAN, RPL, IPv6/ICMPv6 and UDP
  • Integrates with TI 15.4-Stack that supports frequency hopping (FH) and data encryption
  • Capable of extending to other connectivity devices such as broadband PLC, cellular and Wi-Fi
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A fully assembled board has been developed for testing and performance validation only, and is not available for sale.

Important note

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).

We have discontinued this example software and recommend you evaluate our Wi-SUN solution. If you plan to use the previous version of this reference design, please note it is considered OBSOLETE, and 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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Design files

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Reference design overview and verified performance test data

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Detailed schematic diagram for design layout and components

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Complete listing of design components, reference designators, and manufacturers/part numbers

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Detailed overview of design layout for component placement

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Analog switches & muxes

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D-type flip-flops

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D-type flip-flops

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Direction-controlled voltage translators

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ESD & surge protection ICs

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Instrumentation amplifiers

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Inverting buffers & drivers

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Linear & low-dropout (LDO) regulators

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Linear & low-dropout (LDO) regulators

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Noninverting buffers & drivers

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Noninverting buffers & drivers

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RS-485 & RS-422 transceivers

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Series voltage references

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Shunt voltage references

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* Design guide Universal Data Concentrator Ref. Des. Supporting Ethernet, 6LoWPAN RF Mesh and Dec. 17, 2018
Application note Amnesia Open-Source TCP/IP Stack Vulnerabilities (AMNESIA:33) (Rev. A) PDF | HTML Jan. 11, 2021
More literature RF Mesh Networking Offers System Performance and Interoperability Dec. 17, 2018
Application note How to Configure Different Frequency Bands for the 6LoWPAN Mesh TI Designs Sep. 25, 2018
More literature Emulation Wiki -- In-depth technical and "how-to" articles, FAQs, etc. Mar. 24, 2011

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