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PL360

Power Line Communication (PLC) modem

Status: In Production

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Summary

The PL360 is a programmable modem for narrow-band Power Line Communication (PLC), able to run any PLC protocol in the frequency band below 500 kHz.

This device has been designed to comply with FCC, ARIB, KN60 and CENELEC EN50065 regulations matching requirements of Internet of Things and Smart Energy applications. It implements state-of-the-art narrow-band PLC standards such as ITU G.9903 (G3-PLC®), ITU G.9904 (PRIME) and is able to support any other narrowband PLC protocol. PL360 is a future-proof platform able to support the evolution of these standards.

The PL360 has been conceived to be driven by external Microchip host devices, thus providing an additional level of flexibility on the host side. The Microchip host device loads the proper PLC-protocol firmware before modem operation and controls the PL360 modem.

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Additional Features
  • Programmable Narrow-Band Power Line Communication (PLC) Modem
  • Integrated PLC Front End
    • PGA with automatic gain control and ADC
    • DAC and transmission driver supports direct line driving or external Class-D amplifier driving
    • Digital transmission level control
    • Supports two independent transmission branches for the PLC signal
    • Up to 500 kHz PLC signal bandwidth
  • Architecture
    • High performance architecture combining CPU, specific co-processors for digital signal processing and dedicated hardware accelerators for common narrow-band PLC tasks
    • Dedicated SRAM memories for code and data
  • ARM® 32-bit Cortex® -M7 Core Managing PL360 System: Co-Processors, Hardware Accelerators and Peripherals
    • 216 MHz maximum frequency
    • 192 kB of SRAM for data and code
    • Bootloader allows loading plain programs or authenticated and encrypted programs
    • 12 multiplexed GPIOs
    • 1 SPI, 1 UART, 2 PWM
    • Serial wire debug port
    • Zero-Crossing Detection on the mains
  • Cryptographic Engine and Secure Boot
    • AES 128, 192, 256 supported
    • Secure boot: supports AES-128 CMAC for authentication, AES-128 CBC for decryption
    • Fuse programming control for decryption and authentication 128-bit keys
  • Clock Management
    • 24 MHz external crystal for system cloc
  • Power Management
    • 3.3 V external supply voltage for I/O, digital and analog
    • 1.25 V internal voltage regulator for the core
    • Optimized power modes for specific operation profiles, including Low Power mode
  • Available in TQFP-48 and QFN-48 Packages
  • -40ºC to +85ºC Temperature Range
Parametrics
Name
Value
Device Type
Modem
Technology
G3/PRIME
Crypto Engine
Yes
Temperature Range (°C)
-40 to 85
Frequency Band
[0..500 ] kHz

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PL485 Evaluation Kit
PL485 Evaluation Kit ( PL485-EK )

PL485-EK is an evaluation kit for the PL485, a programmable System On Chip (SOC) for narrow-band Power Line Communication (PLC) from Microchip. PL485 is a highly integrated PLC device which requires reduced PCB area and simplifies the design layout.

PL485-EK has been designed to be directly connected to low-voltage DC power rails covering the frequency range 95 .. 125kHz, as an...

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PL360G55CB Evaluation Board
PL360G55CB Evaluation Board ( PL360G55CB-EK )

PL360G55CB-EK is an evaluation kit for the PL360 modem controlled by the SAMG55J19B ARM Cortex-M4 microcontroller from Microchip.

PL360G55CB-EK allows to evaluate the performance of PL360 device in point to point links using Power Line Communication (PLC) in CENELEC-B band.

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PL360G55CF Evaluation Board
PL360G55CF Evaluation Board ( PL360G55CF-EK )

PL360G55CF-EK is an evaluation kit for the PL360 modem controlled by the SAMG55J19B ARM Cortex-M4 microcontroller from Microchip.

PL360G55CF-EK allows to evaluate the performance of PL360 device in point to point links using Power Line Communication (PLC) in FCC band or CENELEC-A band.

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EVK for ATPL360
EVK for ATPL360 ( ATPL360-EK )

ATPL360-EK is an evaluation kit for the PL360 modem from Microchip. The evaluation kit includes two PL360MB smart metering boards, allowing to evaluate the performance of PL360 device in point to point links using Power Line Communication (PLC).

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Software Libraries
G3-PLC Stack

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PLC Sniffer

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PRIME Manager

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PRIME Stack

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