Cube Controller2022-06-13T15:12:36+08:00

SGC-30 CUBE Controller

The SGC-30 CUBE Controller is a scalable communication and automation platform for demanding applications which is ideally suited for smart grids and industrial automation.

The modular hardware design allows for a varied configuration of I/O and communication modules allowing the CUBE to handle multiple scenarios. The CUBE can range from 1 to 4 cells with 2 modules per cell.

Based on a multi-tasking real-time operating system, the CUBE’s powerful software platform can use various communication protocols and I/O modules, in conjunction with an integrated programmable logic controller to provide wide ranging communication and automation solutions.

Communication protocols including IEC 61850, IEC 60870-5-101/103/104, DNP3 and Modbus are part of an increasing communication application library available on the CUBE. Cloud interface options are based on standard JSON data format and MQTT exchange.

Using a standard LoRaWAN communication interface the CUBE becomes part of an IoT (internet of things) network as a smart super sensor with edge computing capabilities.

Infoteam’s OpenPCS programmable logic controller application is fully compliant with the IEC 61131 standard with all 5 programming languages and can be integrated as an option.

Standard Communication Features

Two configurable Ethernet ports provide a powerful network connectivity platform. Configuration options are:

  • 2 x Independent Ethernet ports with independent MACs
  • HSR (High Available Seamless Redundancy) Ethernet Ring
  • PRP (Parallel Redundant Protocol) Ethernet configuration

For local IED integration one (1) electrically isolated RS232 or RS485 communication port is provided. Two (2) additional serial ports can be integrated as an extension module.

Additional Communication Options

Cloud computing, wide area and wireless networks will become an integral part of utility communication networks. For these interfaces various communication channels can be added to the SGC-30 as cube cells, including:

  • GSM, 3G, LTE
  • Lora WAN
  • 3 port Ethernet switch
  • Wireless Ethernet (on request)

Local I/O and extensions

The CUBE is available in sizes up to 4 functional cells, each cell supporting 2 module cards, making 8 available slots per SGC-30. Other than the power supply and processor boards, the following cards are available:

  • 8 filtered digital inputs
  • 4 digital inputs and 2 relay outputs
  • 4 relay outputs
  • 4 analog inputs with DC current measured from -22mA to +22mA
  • Wireless temperature and partial discharge monitoring: up to 32 wireless temperature sensors and 3 partial discharge detection locations.
  • Cellular (3G/4G) and LoRa interface
  • 3x Ethernet port switch extension
  • 2x Serial extension (independent RS-232 and RS-485)

Integrated Software

The Application Data Hub (ADH) has been fully integrated which includes support for communication protocols IEC 61850, IEC 60870-5-101/103/104, DNP3, Modbus, JSON/MQTT and local I/O and extension cards. The integrated IEC 61131 compliant Infoteam SmartPLC application allows the user to develop their own automation logic. 

The Cube Controller is configured using eNode Designer, which links in with the IEC 61131 compliant OpenPCS development tool to allow for easy programming of automation logic.

By linking our IEC 61850 ICD Designer tool to the eNode Designer implementing IEC 61850 applications becomes a simple and easily achievable engineering task.

Typical SGC-30 Cube Controller Applications

CUBE Data Gateway and Sensor Integration Application


√ 32 Bit ARM Processor based

√ Variable sized configurations from 1 to 4 cells, 2 modules per cell

√ 2 Configurable 100 T Base Ethernet Ports (Regular, HSR, PRP)

√ 1 RS 232 or 1 RS485 Serial Port, with an extension board providing an additional 2 ports.

√ 2 RS232/485 (independently selectable) module

√ Digital, analogue I/O and other extension modules

√ Cellular/LTE communication option

√ LoRaWAN support as a ‘super sensor’ node

√ 3-Ethernet port switch extension

√ 32 channel passive temperature sensor module

√ Partial discharge detection and other condition monitoring

√ Redundant Power Supplies (Option)

√ SD Memory Card Storage

√ Ready to use for Micro Grid automation

√ DIN Rail or Panel Mount

Technical Specifications

Processor Texas Instrument AM335x @ 800 MHz
Memory 4GByte EMMC Flash  and 512 MByte RAM
Up to 32 GByte  SD Flash Memory Card
Communication Ports

Ethernet Ports
 Configurable PRP, HSR or independent

     2 x RJ-45 100 Base T

     3 x RJ-45 10/100 Base T Ethernet port switch (option in addition)

Serial Ports (2.5 kV isolated)

     1 x RS232 (TX/RX) or 1 x RS485 2 wire

     2 x independently configurable RS232 (full handshake) or RS-485 2 wire (option in addition)

Field I/O Modules

8 x Digital Inputs 5 kV isolated
4 x Digital Inputs 2 x Relay Outputs 5/4 kV isolated
4 x Relay Outputs 4 kV isolated
Power Meter 3 x VT and 4 x CT with Rogowski coil option
Temperature Sensors and Partial discharge Up to 12 channels passive SAW temperature sensors direct mountable on switch gear per antenna. Maximum of 32 sensors per extension board, with 3 Antennas ports per board.
Each antenna can independently detect partial discharge in different regions.
Power Supplies Single or redundant Power Supply Options
DC 9 – 30 V
DC 18 – 72 V
DC 40 – 140 V
Power Consumption Max 30 Watts (fuse rating) 
Typical 20 Watts
Dimensions (L × W × H) 80/150/220/290x85x140 mm  (LxWxH)
Weight App. 550 grams
Mounting DIN Rail or Panel mount
Temperature Range -20 C˚ to + 65 C˚



(Tested to IEC 61850-3 standard)

IEC 61000-4-2 Electrostatic discharge Test Level 3
IEC 61000-4-3 Radiated radio-frequency, electromagnetic field immunity Test Level 3
IEC 61000-4-4 Electrical fast transient, burst immunity Test Level 4
IEC 61000-4-5 Surge Immunity Test Level 3
IEC 61000-4-6 Immunity to conducted disturbance induced by radio-frequency fields Test Level 3
IEC 61000-4-16 Immunity to conducted asymmetric disturbances Test Level 4
IEC 61000-4-17 Immunity to ripple on DC input ports Test Level 3
IEC 61000-4-18 Immunity to damped oscillatory waves Test Level 3
IEC 61000-4-29 Voltage dips, short interruptions and voltage variations immunity test


CISPR 22 Conducted disturbances, disturbance voltage Limit Class A
CISPR 22 Radiated disturbance, electric field strength Limit Class A


IEC 60255-27 Clearance, creepage 5kV


eNode Designer

eNode Designer is used to configure the CUBE hardware and software. This includes setting selected hardware boards and their locations, hardware size, communication protocols, and sensor integration options.

It is freely available for you to design your own CUBE!

Go to eNode Designer download page

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