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Power Line Communications

The smart grid implements two-way communication channels over existing power distribution networks. Modern networks might be comprised of a variety of new alternative energy sources. These sources include solar and wind power as well as new types of electric appliances, such as smart appliances and electric vehicles. In many parts of the world, narrowband power line communications (PLC) technology has proven to be a robust and cost-optimized solution in large deployments of smart meters.

Microchip® offers PLC solutions designed specifically for narrowband communications using the low-voltage electric grid. Drawing on our deep expertise in PLC modem technology and extensive collaboration with utilities and metering OEMs, we’ve created solutions offering an unprecedented level of integration and performance. Our solutions support various modulation schemes including G3-PLC and PRIME (PoweRline Intelligent Metering Evolution) Thanks to the communications software provided by our solution, the management of PLC networks turns into a transparent process. Users can focus on top-level applications and access the Microchip® PLC software stack via user-friendly application programming interfaces (APIs).

Key Features

  • Best-in-class sensitivity and high-temperature stability.
  • Improved analog front end (AFE) providing outstanding efficiency.
  • Price-competitive, high-performance solutions.
  • Free software stacks for PLC

PRIME-based PLC Solutions

Summary Benefit Applications Technologies Key Parameters

Best PRIME-certified solution, including PRIME certified software stack

Flexible Smart Metering platform available in two different configurations: single chip (SOC) and two-chip (PHY base band + MCU)

Compact, highly integrated, very low-power ARM® Cortex®-M4 processor-based solution

Outstanding analog front end offering best-in-class performance in terms of efficiency and sensitivity

Well-balanced solution in terms of bill of materials (BOM) cost vs. performance

Smart Metering

Electricity Meters

Data Concentrators

Energy Gateways

In-Home Display units

Multi-carrier OFDM modulation for PLC

PRIME compliant

High performance 32-bit, dual core ARM® Cortex®-M4 processor

Embedded cryptographic engine and dedicated 128-bit Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) hardware block

Optimized analog front end

1MB Flash, 128kB SRAM

120MHz @ Core

PRIME compliant, includes additional robust modes for PLC plus transmission band extension up to 500kHz

Physical anti-tamper detection I/Os

High efficiency power amplifier control

G3-based PLC Solutions

Summary Benefit Applications Technologies Key Parameters

High performance G3-PLC solution, includes G3 software stack

Flexible Smart Metering platform available in two different configurations: single chip (SOC) and two-chip (PHY base band + MCU)

Compact, highly integrated, very low-power Cortex™-M4 processor-based solution

Outstanding analog front end offering best-in-class performance in terms of efficiency and sensitivity

Well-balanced solution in terms of bill of materials (BOM) cost vs. performance

Smart Metering

Electricity Meters

Data Concentrators

Energy Gateways

In-Home Display units

Multi-carrier OFDM modulation for PLC

G3-PLC compliant

High performance 32-bit, dual core ARM Cortex-M4 RISC processor

Embedded cryptographic engine

Optimized analog front end

1MB Flash, 128kB SRAM

120MHz @ Core

G3-PLC CENELEC, FCC and ARIB profiles supported

Physical anti-tamper detection I/Os

High efficiency power amplifier control

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Products
Datasheets
Other Documents
Tools
Title Date Published Type Size
ATPL230A Datasheet

09/2016 PDF 1.94 MB
ATPL250A Datasheet

09/2016 PDF 1.8 MB
SAM4CP16B Datasheet

09/2016 PDF 14.84 MB
SAM4CP16C Datasheet

09/2016 PDf 14.11 MB

Brochures and Flyers

Title Date Published Type Size
Atmel SAM4SP32A

10/2012 PDF 1.2 MB
Smart Energy Solutions Brochure

10/2015 PDF 3.61 MB

Evaluation Kit

Title

Description

ATPL230A Evaluation Kit

ATPL230A-EK Evaluation Kit for ATPL230A

ATPL250A Evaluation Kit

Evaluation Kit showing the capabilities of Atmel modem solution for G3 Power Line Communication (G3-PLC)

ATSAM4CP16B Evaluation Kit

SAM4CP16B EK is an Evaluation Kit including hardware, software and useful PLC applications to evaluate SAM4CP16B features. SAM4CP16B EK user manual guides users through the evaluation kit contents and provides an insight into the capabilities of this system on chip solution for Smart Energy applications.

ATSAM4CP16C Evaluation Kit

Evaluation Kit showing the capabilities of Atmel System-on-chip solution for G3 Power Line Communication (G3-PLC).