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Hybrid SoC integrates HomePlug Green PHY and ZigBee

Toni McConnel

August 16, 2012

Toni McConnelAugust 16, 2012

Greenvity Communications claims that their new Hybrii chip family is the world’s first hybrid system-on-chip (SoC) family to integrate powerline communication (PLC) and wireless capabilities on a single chip. The Greenvity Hybrii chip family supports both the HomePlug Green PHY PLC and ZigBee worldwide standards simultaneously to enable robust and intelligent connectivity for a variety of home and building energy management and electric vehicle applications.

The first Hybrii family members include the Hybrii-XL chip for smart grid, smart energy management, industrial and consumer applications, and the Hybrii-PLC device for rugged, high temperature conditions.

Hybrii-XL makes smart grid products possible that for the first time integrate both PLC and ZigBee communication capabilities. The single-chip solution allows customers to reduce costs and power consumption by using one chip and one board, rather than the traditional approach requiring multiple chips and boards to support both standards.


The Hybrii-XL (GV7011) is a highly integrated single chip with HomePlug Green PHY PLC and ZigBee wireless functions integrated for low cost and lower power consumption. Both HomePlug Green PHY PLC and ZigBee can operate simultaneously, providing high reliability and robust connectivity. The GV7011 is a highly compact chip that integrates analog front-end, RF, baseband, MAC and embedded memory. It also includes a microcontroller (MCU) for low power energy management. The GV7011 offers high performance with data rate up to 9.8 Mbps in PLC mode and 250 Kbps in wireless mode. With versatility and plug-and-play purposes, the Hybrii-XL is powered with multiple interfaces of SPI, Ethernet 10/100 MAC and MII interfaces.

The Hybrii-PLC chip (GV7012) was designed to support electric vehicle and electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE) or battery chargers. The single-chip solution with HomePlug Green PHY PLC integrates analog front-end, baseband, MAC, embedded memory and an MCU. It can support up to 9.8 Mbps of data rate over power line. The GV7012 chip also is equipped with SPI, Ethernet 10/100 MAC and MII interfaces. Designed to meet rugged conditions and automotive grade temperatures (-40 degrees C to +105 degrees C), the Hybrii-PLC is ideal for demanding environments such as inside a car where high-temperature capability is a requirement.

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