PLC modems support G3, PRIME, IEEE-1901.2 standards
Texas Instruments (TI) has released a power line communication (PLC) modem platform that supports the G3, PRIME and IEEE-1901.2 standards across both CENELEC and ARIB frequency bands. According to the company, the optimised TMDSPLCKITV4 kits offer developers with a smaller low-cost design to evaluate any narrowband orthogonal frequency-division multiplexing (OFDM) PLC technology standard for various industrial systems such as smart grid advanced metering infrastructure (AMI), solar energy installations, and building and factory automation systems.
Developers can use the TMDSPLCKITV4 platform to create a single PLC project with support for different regions. In addition to supporting G3, PRIME and IEEE 1901.2 PLC standards, the modem kit will also work with TI's proprietary PLC-Lite software. PLC-Lite is a lower data rate PLC implementation (up to 21Kb/s) using OFDM modulation that supports point-to-point or point-to-multipoint communications, making it highly attractive in solar energy applications.
The PLC modem solutions are based on TI's proprietary system-on-module (SOM) hardware design that incorporates all of the necessary PLC modem circuitry, along with a PLC docking station that includes the circuitry required to couple the modem to the AC mains. In addition, the small form factor PLC modules enable rapid prototyping of PLC networks; available for purchase separately so developers can customise PLC systems to meet the needs of smart grid customers.
The TMDSPLCKITV4-CEN kit supports CENELEC A (35-91kHz) or CENELEC B (98-122kHz) frequency bands in Europe using TI's C2000 F28PLC83 MCU and AFE031 PLC analog front end. The TMDSPLCKITV4-ARIB kit supports the ARIB frequency band (154-403kHz) in Japan using TI's C2000 F28M35H52 MCU and AFE032 PLC analog front end.
Developers interested in evaluating TI's PLC solutions can purchase the TMDSPLCKITV4 kit for ARIB and CENELEC bands for $499 from TI's eStore or authorised distributors. The PLC SoM for CENELEC is also available for $79.
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