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PLC modems support G3, PRIME, IEEE-1901.2 standards

30 May 2014

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Texas Instruments (TI) has unveiled a power line communication (PLC) modem platform that supports the G3, PRIME, and IEEE-1901.2 standards across both CENELEC and FCC frequency bands to ease the burden of supporting multiple regions with one device.

The optimised TMDSPLCKITV4 kits provide developers with a smaller low-cost design to evaluate any narrowband orthogonal frequency-division multiplexing (OFDM) PLC technology standard for use in a variety of industrial systems, such as smart grid advanced metering infrastructure (AMI), solar energy installations, and building and factory automation systems.

TI's complete PLC solution includes all of the hardware, firmware, and development tools needed to get started quickly. Developers can now use the TMDSPLCKITV4 platform to create a single PLC project with support for different regions. In addition to supporting G3, PRIME, and IEEE 1901.2 PLC standards, the new modem kit will also work with TI's proprietary PLC-Lite software. PLC-Lite is a lower data rate PLC implementation (up to 21kbps) using OFDM modulation that supports point-to-point or point-to-multi-point communications, making it highly attractive in solar energy applications.

Developers interested in evaluating TI's PLC solutions can purchase the TMDSPLCKITV4 kit for FCC and CENELEC bands for $499 from TI's eStore or authorised distributors. The PLC SoMs are also available for purchase for $79 and $99.

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