Overview

Description

Power Line Communication (PLC) is a communication method that uses power lines as the medium. By using power lines as the communication network, it is possible to build a system quickly at low cost. For this reason, PLC is used for communications in smart meters (advanced metering infrastructure - AMI), home energy management systems (HEMS), building energy management systems (BEMS), and solar panel monitoring systems, part of a smart society. Communication data can be propagated through AC or DC power lines.

Renesas offers power line communication solutions consisting of high-performance and flexible PLC devices, optimized evaluation boards, and a software stack that makes it easy to realize robust communication to support the development of projects.

Advantages of Renesas PLC Modem IC

  • Realize advanced and robust communication through high performance DSP@276MHz
  • Support flexibly PLC protocols and frequency bands for each country through the CPU + DSP dual core
  • Realize long distance communication over 1km in high speed, without the need for relays
  • Realize high-level security in communication with AES128 cryptographic hardware

Applications for Power Line Communication Solutions

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Power Line Communication for Smart Homes
  • Smart meter (AMI)
  • Smart home and HEMS
  • HVAC and lighting control
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Power Line Communication Building Automation
  • Building automation
  • EV charging station
  • Solar power and smart grid

Optimized Evaluation Kits

There are various evaluation kits optimized for different power line conditions. Select the most suitable evaluation kit based on device and the power line conditions, such as AC line or DC line. The R9A06G037 evaluation kit is used as a golden modem authorized by the G3-PLC Alliance.


PLC Software Stack

Renesas offers power line communication software that is compliant with global standards for G3-PLC, PRIME, and Meters and More full stack to support multi-hop communication. Renesas also offers simple communication software based on the G3-PLC MAC layer. Choose from among these packages according to the needs of your system.

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Power Line Communication Software

 


PLC Evaluation Tools

Communication signals on power lines may be affected by noise, line impedance and other factors, so analyzing the state of communications is important. Renesas and our partners offer evaluation tools that can visualize power line communication data and display an analysis of that data.

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PLC Evaluation Tools

Technical Standards

With the spread of smart meters and other smart devices, PLC network system complexity and scale are expected to increase. Several global alliances drive the standardization and creation of profiles for communication protocols that can ensure interconnectivity in these diversifying networks. Renesas has been a strong promoter of research and development and international standardization for these alliances since their establishment, and develops solutions that support each protocols.


Partners

Many companies offer products using Renesas PLC solutions.

Renesas PLC Solution Partners Page

 

 
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Neona Data Concentration Unit
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Inesh Smart Meter
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Inesh Data Concentration Unit
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ICD Hybrid Meter
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RFCOM Powerline Communication (PLC) Module
 

Documentation

Title Type Date
White Paper
PDF18.92 MB日本語
Brochure
PDF949 KB日本語
Datasheet
PDF794 KB日本語
Datasheet
PDF898 KB
Datasheet
ZIP13.87 MB日本語
Guide
ZIP7.16 MB日本語
Guide
ZIP5.18 MB日本語
Guide
PDF1.07 MB
Guide
PDF1.80 MB日本語
Manual - Development Tools
PDF1.64 MB日本語
Manual - Development Tools
PDF831 KB
Manual - Development Tools
PDF2.05 MB
Manual - Development Tools
PDF2.79 MB
Manual - Software
PDF5.08 MB
Manual - Software
PDF1.51 MB
Manual - Software
PDF1.62 MB
Quick Start Guide
PDF1.01 MB
Quick Start Guide
PDF1.03 MB
Quick Start Guide
PDF1.90 MB日本語
Schematic
PDF1.74 MB日本語
Schematic
PDF378 KB
Schematic
PDF543 KB
Schematic
PDF455 KB日本語
Schematic
PDF591 KB日本語
Schematic
PDF518 KB日本語
Schematic
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Lab on the Cloud

Lab on the Cloud

Renesas' Lab on the Cloud is an online environment where Renesas solutions, including popular evaluation boards, winning combinations and software, are hosted in a remote lab that customers access and test online.

Power Line Communication

This solution uses a small PLC modem module to control lighting on a DC power line to show very high speed (1Mbps) communication over a 1KM distance.

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