Smart grid data concentrator dev kit runs Linux

Texas Instruments is shipping a development kit for designing data concentrator devices targeting “smart grid” applications. The kit’s single-board computer is based on a TI Sitara AM3359 system-on-chip, provides power line communication (PLC), RF, Ethernet, and serial connectivity options, and is backed by an extensive Linux software stack.

TI’s TMDSDC3359 Smart Data Concentrator evaluation module (EVM) is intended to help developers create equipment for smart grid infrastructures, including data concentrators, convergent nodes for grid sensor networks, and power automation controllers. The EVM is based on a TI Sitara AM3359 SoC running TI’s customized Linux stack, and can implement complex routing algorithms capable of supporting more than 2,000 e-meters, says the company.