SimpleLink Streamlines Solar-Panel Inverter Connectivity

May 29, 2024
Texas Instruments' SimpleLink wired and wireless Arm MCUs have a single development environment for developing IoT applications.
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One of the most important aspects of a smart system revolves around its capability for connectivity, where data can be sent out for evaluation and brought in for control and feedback. Wireless systems must be as connected as they are smart.

On that front, Texas Instruments' SimpleLink portfolio of low-power and robust 32-bit, Arm-based microcontrollers with integrated security supports more than 10 differentiated wired and wireless protocols. To speed development, the devices share a single software foundation for 100% code compatibility with all SimpleLink SDKs, with common components and device-specific middleware for a unified development experience.

The video above shows a solar microinverter demonstration that leverages SimpleLink devices to optimize power efficiency and maintenance. A microinverter is incorporated on each panel. The device has full telemetry and is able to monitor for conditions including temperature, voltage, and current. Defective panels are immediately identifiedy for targeted repair or replacement without manual troubleshooting.

System performance isn't affected if one or more panels are generating less power, maximizing the power generated. This also addresses scalability concerns over the addition or upgrade of panels. SimpleLink enables remote monitoring to the cloud, where the information can be accessed by smartphones or other connected devices.

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Texas Instruments SimpleLink technology offers a broad portfolio of differentiated wired and wireless Arm MCUs with a single development environment with flexible hardware, software, and tool options for customers developing IoT applications.
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Alix Paultre | Editor-at-Large, Electronic Design

Alix is Editor-at-Large for Electronic Design. An Army veteran, Alix was a signals intelligence soldier on the East/West German border in the early ‘80s, and eventually wound up helping launch and run a publication on consumer electronics for the U.S. military stationed in Europe. Alix first began in this industry in 1998 at Electronic Products magazine, and since then has worked for a variety of publications, most recently as Editor-in-Chief of Power Systems Design. Alix currently lives in Wiesbaden, Germany.

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