Microchip launches utility-band power line soft modem dev kit - Embedded.com

Microchip launches utility-band power line soft modem dev kit

Microchip Technology has announced a Power-Line Modem (PLM) PICtail Plus Daughter Board Development Kit (part # AC164145) that enables products to communicate using the same wiring that provides power, creating an instant network at a low system and deployment cost. Applications for power-line communication include utility power meters, in-home energy monitoring and control, and smart-grid applications.

The kit provides communication over power lines using a Binary Phase Shift Keying modulation scheme, with the onboard modem using the CELENEC A utility frequency baseband of 72 kHz, for communication at a rate of 6 kilobits per second (kbps).

The modem hardware is universal power-line compatible, and can operate on 110V or 220V electrical systems. The soft modem is based upon the scalable dsPIC33F Digital Signal Controller (DSC) architecture and interfaces with Microchip’s Explorer 16 Development Board.

The kit is supported with royalty-free schematics, demo code and software in source-code format, all available for download at www.microchip.com/get/9VT7.

For further information, contact any Microchip sales representative or authorized worldwide distributor, or visit Microchip’s online Power-Line Modem design center.

Pricing & Availability
The PLM PICtail Plus Daughter Board Development Kit (part # AC164145, $225.00) includes two daughter boards and two sets of high-voltage adapter cables. It comes with royalty-free schematics, demo code and software in source-code format, and is supported by the free MPLAB IDE. The kit can be purchased today at microchipDIRECT.

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