Commercial buildings account for more than 30 percent(1) of global energy consumption. A building’s energy services include the monitor, control and maintenance of lighting, temperature control and water-heating systems, among others. Residential and commercial buildings make up 41 percent of total U.S. energy consumption(2), which grew by 51 percent between 1980 and 2011.
In the past, building construction technology advances have facilitated building management with relatively low energy consumption. But with the electrical grid’s increasing susceptibility to power outages, building owners are investing in the automation of building systems to further reduce energy costs. These systems deliver self-sufficiency, improving overall operational efficiency. And while automation clearly enhances energy management, it is fundamentally a complex implementation that requires support for legacy wired communication setups, as well as advanced (and faster) wired and wireless communication systems.
TI’s SimpleLink™ microcontroller (MCU) platform offers the broadest range of options for adding wired and wireless devices to any new or legacy building automation system (BAS), regardless of size. SimpleLink MCUs with low power consumption enable battery-operated devices to operate for years without replacement. In addition, SimpleLink products provide an on-chip, separate customer-dedicated environment, reducing external exposure to security threats. With a unified, common software development kit (SDK), designers can start development on one single MCU, and reuse software developed across other wired and wireless SimpleLink devices.