The PL360B 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 supports state-of-the-art narrow-band PLC standards such as ITU G.9903 (G3-PLC®), ITU G.9904 (PRIME) as well as any other narrowband PLC protocols, being at the same time a future-proof platform able to support the evolution of these standards.
The PL360B 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.
Programmable Narrow-Band Power Line Communication (PLC) Modem
Integrated PLC Front end
PGA with automatic gain control and ADC
DAC and transmission driver support 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
Cryptographic engine and secure boot
AES 128, 192, 256 supported
Secure boot: supports AES-128 CMAC for authentication and AES-128 CBC for decryption
Fuse programming control for decryption and authentication
Optimized PLC modem architecture
Combines high-performance CPU with specific co-processors for digital signal processing, plus dedicated hardware accelerators for common PLC tasks
ATPL360-EK is an evaluation kit for the PL360B modem from Microchip. The evaluation kit includes two PL360MB smart metering boards, allowing to evaluate the performance of PL360B device in point to point links using Power Line Communication (PLC).
Each PL360MB board in this evaluation kit is a full-featured platform to develop a complete Smart Meter. PL360MB boards include a PL360B...