Print  |  Send  |   

First programmable solution for data communication over existing power lines

March 22, 2010 // Paul Buckley

First programmable solution for data communication over existing power lines

Cypress Semiconductor Corp., has introduced what the company claims is the world's first truly programmable solution for data communication over existing power lines.


Page 1 of 3

Applying the programmable analog and digital resources of Cypress's PSoC programmable system-on-a-chip varchitecture, the new Cypress Powerline Communication (PLC) solution integrates multiple functions beyond communication, such as power measurement, system management and LCD drive.
In addition to its flexibility and integration, the new solution offers industry-leading reliability with greater than 97 percent packet success rates without retries and 100 percent success rates with retries built into the solution's coding. The solution offers the flexibility to communicate over high-voltage and low-voltage power lines for lighting and industrial control, home automation, automatic meter reading and smart energy management applications.

Whereas existing solutions require external microcontrollers and filters, the Cypress PLC solution integrates a Frequency-Shift Key (FSK) PHY modem network protocol and application code with the programmable analog and digital blocks and microcontroller of the PSoC architecture.

This combination provides a single hardware platform for multiple applications, reducing BOM cost, board size and chip count while improving manufacturability. Cypress offers reference designs for both high-voltage (110V - 240V AC) and low-voltage (12V - 24V AC/DC) coupling circuits based on boards compliant with Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardization (CENELEC) standards.

The precertified boards provide developers with a complete solution with fast time-to-market.

"Smart energy metering, renewable energy, intelligent LED lighting, and advanced industrial applications have the market for powerline communication poised for strong growth," said Linnea Brush, senior research analyst at Darnell Group. "The programmable Cypress PLC solution addresses smart communication, and smart grid connectivity, over existing power lines with no new wires."

The PowerPSoC family offers the industry's first single-chip solution to control and drive high-power LEDs. The Cypress PLC solution integrates LED driving support.

Additional features and benefits of the Cypress PLC solution include:

1 | 2 | 3 | Next page

All news

Analog & Mixed Signal ICs

Follow us

Fast, Accurate & Relevant for Design Engineers only!

Technical papers     

Linear video channel

READER OFFER

Read more

This month, Arrow Electronics is giving away ten BeMicro Max 10 FPGA evaluation boards together with an integrated USB-Blaster, each package being worth 90 Euros, for EETimes Europe's readers to win.

Designed to get you started with using an FPGA, the BeMicro Max 10 adopts Altera's non-volatile MAX 10 FPGA built on 55-nm flash process.

The MAX 10 FPGAs are claimed to revolutionize...

MORE INFO AND LAST MONTH' WINNERS...

Design centers     

Automotive
Infotainment Making HDTV in the car reliable and secure

December 15, 2011 | Texas instruments | 222901974

Unique Ser/Des technology supports encrypted video and audio content with full duplex bi-directional control channel over a single wire interface.

 

You must be logged in to view this page

Login here :