PLC Solutions Realize Robust Long-Distance Communication

PLC (Power Line Communication) Solutions

PLC (Power Line Communication) 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 (AMI), HEMS, BEMS and solar panel monitoring systems, part of a smart society. Communication data can be propagated through AC or DC power lines.


Robust Can communicate where wireless communication is not possible.
Can reduce or eliminate cables

Avoid noise interference and achieve high throughput by OFDM modulation

High security level by AES encryption and network authenticationLong Distance Long-distance direct communication up to over 1 kilometer by narrowband PLC with lower path loss

Even longer distance
 by multi-hop communication

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 your projects.

Applications of Power Line Communication Solutions


  • Smart meter (AMI)
  • Smart home and HEMS
  • HVAC and lighting control


  • Building automation
  • EV charging station
  • Solar power and smart grid
PLC (Power Line Communication) Devices With High Performance and Flexibility

Renesas offers a PLC modem that is compliant with global standards for power line communication (G3-CENELEC, ARIB, FCC, PRIME and other protocols). Renesas also offers a line driver that is designed to drive heavy line loads while maintaining a high level of linearity.

High performanceFlexibility


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ISL15102 R9A06G037

RX Family RL78 Family  Renesas SynergyTM

Optimized Evaluation Kits

Three evaluation boards optimized for different power line conditions are available.
The GCPX3 (J701) board has been certified by G3-PLC and PRIME alliance compliance testing.
In addition, the GCPX3 (J701) is used as a golden modem authorized by the G3-PLC Alliance.

For AC power or DC power over 48 V

GCPX3 Evaluation Kit J70D1


DC power under 48 V

BCPX3 Evaluation Kit
J80D1 (RX651 version supporting voice communication)
J80D2 (RL78 version)


Software Stack That Facilitates the Realization of Robust Communication

Renesas offers power line communication software that is compliant with global standards for both G3-PLC and PRIME 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.


G3-PLC Protocol PackagePRIME Protocol PackageF3AL Protocol Package


Inquire About Software

Evaluation Tools For Visualizing Power Line Communication

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.


Evaluation ToolsEvaluation ToolsEvaluation Tools

* Communication Test Tool (Simple MAC) can be downloaded from the dedicated site after purchasing the evaluation kit.


Inquire About 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.

G3-PLC Alliance


PRIME Alliance



Neona EmbeddedD LabZ

Neona EmbeddedD LabZ

Data Concentration Unit

  • Powered by Renesas RZ/A1H MPU, RL78/G1H SubGHz RF, R9A06G037 PLC
  • Built-in DLMS Client over RF and PLC, Meter Protocol Supported
  • Meter Interface 6LoWPAN, Zigbee , PLC Isolated RS232 and RS485
  • MDAS / Cloud Interfaces:
    • 3G / 4G / HSPA+ / GSM / GPRS, 10/100 Ethernet , WiFi
  • Modbus (ASCII and RTU ) Supported
  • USB Plug and Play based Data Backup


Mobile:  +91 956-786-0055
Tel.:  +91 484-401-4004,  +91 484-401-6006

Inesh Smart Energy (P) Ltd.

Inesh Smart Energy (P) Ltd.

Smart Meter

  • 1phase/3phase Class 1.0 SMART meters
    Based on Renesas RL78/I1C and RX21A as per IEC standards
  • RF Communication Module with Renesas RL78/G1H
  • PLC Communication Module with Renesas R9A06G037
  • With DLMS Push, Last Gasp, FOTA / Connect/Disconnect features built-in
  • More than 30 anti-tampering features
  • Pluggable Communication Interface (RF / PLC / GPRS)

Inesh Smart Energy (P) Ltd.


Data Concentration Unit

  • Powered by Renesas RX210 MCU
  • RF Communication Module with Renesas RL78/G1H
  • PLC Communication Module with Renesas R9A06G037
  • Meter Interface PLC / RF / LPR Mesh, and RS232

Tel.: +91 996-256-0000

Industrial Controls & Drives (INDIA) Pvt. Ltd.

Industrial Controls & Drives (INDIA) Pvt. Ltd.

Hybrid Meter

  • 1phase Class 1.0 meter based on Renesas Synergy ARM based MCU as per IEC standards
  • Hybrid meter with STS compliant prepaid and postpaid functionalities
  • With DLMS /Connect/Disconnect features built-in
  • Ready-for-communication module interface (RF/PLC/GPRS)
    • RF communication module with Renesas RL78/G1H
    • PLC communication module with Renesas R9A06G037


Tel.: +91 875-442-2533

RFCOM Technologies Pte. Ltd.

RFCOM Technologies Pte. Ltd.

Powerline Communication (PLC) Module

  • Based on Renesas R9A06G037 PLC SoC
  • Supports G3-FCC band 150kHz—450kHz
  • On-board G3-PLC protocol stack supporting IPv6
  • Simple UART interface for easy integration
  • Size: 66mm × 46mm × 19mm
  • 1-phase design


Tel.: +65 9658-4852

R9A06G037 PLC Modem Datasheet Download
ISL15102 Line Driver Datasheet Download