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
 

descriptionDocumentation

Title language Type Format File Size Date
R9A06G061 PLC Modem LSI Datasheet 日本語 Datasheet PDF 949 KB
R9A06G037 Modem LSI Datasheet 日本語 Datasheet PDF 794 KB
ISL15102 Datasheet Datasheet PDF 898 KB
Guideline on PCB Design for PLC Board for AC 日本語 Guide PDF 1.11 MB
Guideline on PCB Design for PLC Board for DC 日本語 Guide PDF 2.60 MB
ISL15102IRZ-EVALZ User Guide Guide PDF 1.07 MB
CPX4 AC-PLC Evaluation Kit M02D2 / RTK0EE0009D02001BJ User's Manual 日本語 Manual - Development Tools PDF 1.80 MB
CPX4 DC-PLC Evaluation Kit M01D1 / RTK0EE0009D01001BJ User's Manual 日本語 Manual - Development Tools PDF 1.64 MB
Pmod™ PLC Module Evaluation Kit (Y-PMOD-OFDM-PLC-X3) User's Manual Rev.1.02 Manual - Development Tools PDF 831 KB
G3-PLC Sample Program User's Manual Manual - Development Tools PDF 2.05 MB
PRIME Service Node Sample Application Functional Specification for RX Series Manual - Software PDF 2.79 MB
PRIME v1.4 Base Node Tool User Manual Manual - Software PDF 5.08 MB
Voice Over PLC Sample Application Operating Manual Manual - Software PDF 1.51 MB
Meters and More SMITP PLC Synergy Sample Application Quick Start Guide Quick Start Guide PDF 1.62 MB
G3-PLC Sample Application Start Guide for GCPX3 Board Quick Start Guide PDF 1.01 MB
PLC Voice Communicator Quick Start Guide Quick Start Guide PDF 1.03 MB
star Power Line Communication (PLC) Modem IC Accelerates Cost-Effective Development of Data Transmission Over a Variety of Existing Wired Infrastructure 日本語, 简体中文 White Paper PDF 828 KB
CPX4 AC-PLC Evaluation Kit M02D2 / RTK0EE0009D02001BJ SCH, BOM, PCB layout 日本語 Schematic PDF 1.90 MB
CPX4 DC-PLC Evaluation Kit M01D1 / RTK0EE0009D01001BJ SCH, BOM, PCB layout 日本語 Schematic PDF 1.74 MB
CPX3 + ISL15102 Design Proposal (J90) Schematic/BOM (*This kit has not obtained CE marking) Schematic PDF 378 KB
Pmod™ PLC Module Evaluation Kit (Y-PMOD-OFDM-PLC-X3) Schematic/BOM Schematic PDF 543 KB
CPX3 Evaluation Kit for AC and DC over 48V (J70D1 with RX631) Schematic/BOM 日本語 Schematic PDF 455 KB
CPX3 Evaluation Kit for DC under 48V (J80D1 with RX651+Audio Circuit) Schematic/BOM 日本語 Schematic PDF 591 KB
CPX3 Evaluation Kit for DC under 48V (J80D2 with RL78/G13) Schematic/BOM 日本語 Schematic PDF 518 KB