Smart Grid represents a spectrum of rapidly evolving technologies. As design complexity increases and design cycles continue to shrink, development tools are often all but essential. In the area of Smart Meter, development kits and boards provide designers the means to evaluate and become familiar with the latest Smart Grid products.
In addition to accelerated time-to market, development kits can further provide the benefits of directly applicable, pre-tested circuits, readily available printed circuit board (PCB) layouts, and a common platform from which to create and debug customized designs.
The often iterative process of design must include development and testing beyond mere circuit simulation. Test and Measure equipment like oscilloscopes help engineers shorten the process by allowing multiple measurements across various ICs being used.