Smart Energy Instruments has announced the first Smart Grid Universal Controller reference design. OEMs can now build a single Intelligent Electronic Design (IED) with multiple functions that delivers precision and accuracy to measure and communicate current, voltage and power quality characteristics. Together with SEI's synchronization technology, the universal controller provides operators with grid visibility.
By making minor hardware modifications, OEMs can also offer a family of high-performance IEDs, such as a Phasor Management Unit (PMU), Power Quality Meter (PQM), Faulted circuit indicator (FCI), Wide Area Monitoring System (WAMS) and advanced Protection Relay. All with common parts that will lower the Bill of Materials (BOM) and support costs.
The SEI Universal Controller reference design is based on the SGS1010A Analog Front End (AFE) and the SGS1010D System on Chip (SoC), with two central processing unit (CPU) cores and 16 digital signal processors (DSPs). SEI's DASLRtechnology is incorporated into the chipset, providing large-spectrum dynamic response, accuracy, high-speed processing, low-latency and maximum resolution. A full suite of software libraries, example applications, and an embedded real-time operating system (RTOS) are also available for OEMs to integrate into the end-product of their choice.