Designed to enable developers to add multiple connectivity, processor and metrology options to their smart meter designs, Texas Instruments has announced a modular and scalable Smart Meter Board (SMB) development platform that supports one-phase to three-phase smart electricity meters with the smart grid’s most prolific communications protocols. The Smart Meter Board is a development platform that incorporates key smart grid devices from TI’s broad portfolio of embedded, analogue and connectivity solutions to demonstrate the capabilities of a smart meter.
The SMB is a modular and scalable environment that has been designed to let developers include multiple wired and wireless communication protocols including power line communication (PLC), near field communication (NFC), Wi-Fi, sub-1GHz and 2.4GHz ZigBee Smart Energy Profile (SEP) on e-metering and pre-payment metering applications to showcase automatic meter reading (AMR) and automatic metering infrastructure (AMI) systems.
Developers using the Smart Meter Board development platform benefit from TI’s robust smart grid software libraries when implementing key communication standards and typical utility meter functions. The software libraries, combined with TI’s Smart Meter Board, let developers choose which development tool matches their project needs.
The new Smart Meter Board system integrates TI’s expertise in the smart grid and connectivity markets and highlights TI’s broad portfolio of smart grid solutions. TI’s recently announced Smart Meter system-on-chip (SoC) is compatible with the Smart Meter Board system and can be plugged into the board for development and expand the functionalities of the SoC.