Power Line Carrier modem SoC targets smart metering and building automation applications
June 20, 2012 // Paul Buckley
ON Semiconductor has introduced a new power line carrier (PLC) modem system-on-chip (SoC) for use in applications such as e-metering, home automation, solar energy and lighting control.
The first device in a new family of PLC modems, the NCN49597 combines a low power 32-bit ARM Cortex M0 processor with a high-precision analog front-end. Based on a dual 4800-baud S-FSK (Spread Frequency Shift Keying) channel technology, it has been optimised for power efficiency and performance, while providing excellent robustness and reliability to enable operation in the harshest environments.
The NCN49597 is fully compliant with the prevailing IEC61334-5-1 standard but also supports customized implementation of the popular building automation standard while keeping pin-to-pin and function compatibility with its predecessor, the AMIS-49587. The new device adds a host of innovative features such as field re-programmability, smart synchronization and automatic half baud rate detection that boost robustness of communication and make its implementation and use simpler.
Programmable carrier frequencies in the CENELEC A to D bands and the ability to operate on both AC voltage, at either 50 or 60 Hz, and DC voltage enhance the range of applications for which the NCN49597can be utilized. This means a single device is suitable for all types of electrical power grid.10 configurable general purpose inputs / outputs (GPIOs) allow connection to peripherals such as LCDs and metering ICs and alleviate the need for external microcontrollers in applications such as smart plugs. The NCN49597 comes with open source PLC platform code and development environment.
ON Semiconductor also offers a PLC communication reference design kit including a power line driver helping customers to speed up their time-to-market. The NCS5650 is a 2 A high efficiency class A/B power line driver that provides flexible 4th order filtering and current limiting, programmable with a single resistor.
The NCN49597 operates from a 3.3 volt (V) power supply, has a junction operating temperature range of -40 ºC to +125 ºC and is housed in a QFN-52 package measuring 8 mm x 8 mm x 1 mm.
Availability and Pricing
The NCN49597 is priced at $4.99 per unit in 2,500 unit quantities. Samples are available now. Projected lead-time for production quantities is currently eight to 16 weeks after receipt of order (ARO).
Visit ON Semiconductor at www.onsemi.com
Google Rolls Android M, IoT OS
May 29, 2015
Developers were audibly excited by the bevy of improvements and added features on the newest Android release, Android M. ...
Apple buys into augmented reality - for cars?
Avago / Broadcom merger to rank third largest semiconductor supplier, says IHS
Daimler takes on Tesla in the stationary battery market
Touch display provides haptic feedback
Researchers make ICs on wood
May 28, 2015
A research team at the University of Wisconsin-Madison working with the Madison-based U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest ...
Gaelectric introduces Tesla battery storage solution to Irish market
When did analog steal digital's mojo?
Ultra-low power SRAM IP available for FDSOI 28nm foundry processes
- Getting Security Right in Wireless Sensor Networks
- Four factors to avoid damaging wearable brands
- Integrating GPS into consumer products
- Controlling LED Lighting Using Triacs and Quadracs
InterviewCEO interview: What's next after Tower's turn-around?
May 2015 marks the tenth anniversary of Russell Ellwanger taking over as CEO of speciality foundry Tower Semiconductor Ltd. (Migdael Haemek, Israel), which now trades as TowerJazz. And so EE Times Europe ...
Filter WizardCheck out the Filter Wizard Series of articles by Filter Guru Kendall Castor-Perry which provide invaluable practical Analog Design guidelines.
Linear video channel
READER OFFERRead more
In this month's reader offer, Analog Devices is giving away five Blackfin Low-Power Imaging Platform (BLIP) Development Systems (ADZS-BF707-BLIP2), worth 199 dollars each, for EETimes Europe's readers to win.
Targeting demanding ultra-low-power, real-time applications for image sensing and advanced audio, the development platform leverages the company’s ADSP-BF707BBCZ-4 Blackfin processor as...MORE INFO AND LAST MONTH' WINNERS...
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.