Microchip Technology Inc

PRIME-based PLC Solutions

Microchip® offers a family of PRIME (PoweRline Intelligent Metering Evolution) chips, based on orthogonal frequency division multiplexing (OFDM) for narrowband power line communications (PLC) 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 open and multi-provider industry standards such as PRIME, promoted by the PRIME Alliance which is composed of leading utilities, meter manufacturers, IT, service and consultancy companies, research establements and silicon providers. Microchip provides a PRIME free of charge software stack that turns the management of PLC networks into a transparent process. Microchip PRIME devices are supported by a full set of project examples, application notes, high-level application examples and a worldwide ecosystem to shorten development cycle time. Microchip PRIME PLC chips are offered in single chip (SOC) and two-chip (PHY base band + MCU) configuration.

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Key Features

  • Best PRIME-certified SoC solution, including a PRIME-certified software stack
  • Baud rates up to 128 kbps
  • Includes enhanced robust modes for PRIME PLC and frequency band extension up to 500kHz
  • SOC configuration: High performance, highly integrated platform based on ARM® Cortex®-M4-based processor, able to implement a complete Smart Meter
  • Modem (two chip) configuration: High performance PLC modem implementing PHY base band, shall be combined with an external Microchip MCU.
  • Operation in CENELEC, FCC and ARIB bands
  • Outstanding analog front end offering best-in-class efficiency and sensitivity
  • Balances bill of materials (BOM) cost vs. performance
Tabs / Smart Energy PRODUCTS / Powerline Communications / PRIME
Other Documents
Title Date Published Type Size
ATPL230A Datasheet

09/2016 PDF 1.94 MB
SAM4CP16B Datasheet

09/2016 PDF 15.6 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



ATPL230A Evaluation Kit

ATPL230A-EK Evaluation Kit for ATPL230A

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.