Complete and qualified PLC modem platform has fully integrated software

October 18, 2016 // By Julien Happich
Renesas Electronics Europe has adapted its powerline communication (PLC) modem solution to its Renesas Synergy Platform, a complete and qualified platform with fully integrated software, a scalable family of microcontrollers (MCUs), and unified development tools. The adaptation includes the launch of a Verified Software Add-on (VSA) with the G3-PLC protocol stack.

At the heart of the Synergy Platform is the Synergy Software Package (SSP), which is qualified, supported, warranted, and maintained by Renesas. Specialized software functions may be easily added to the SSP without any guesswork using VSA components. System designers can start their G3-PLC based development straight away at the API level using this VSA for G3-PLC in combination with all other elements of the required profile from the SSP and additional VSAs to develop any of the G3-PLC based applications.

Depending on the performance level required for the final product, system designers can select from a wide range of scalable and compatible host Synergy MCUs ranging from ARM Cortex M0+ (32MHz /128KB flash/16KB SRAM) up to ARM Cortex M4 (240MHz/4MB flash/640KB SRAM). Renesas provides a small PLC module with Pmod interface using the company’s R9A06G037GNP single-chip PLC modem that can be combined with any Synergy Development Kit to form a complete evaluation and development environment. The Peripheral Module Interface (Pmod), developed by Digilent Inc., is an open standard interface that is used to connect low frequency, low I/O pin count peripheral modules to host controller boards.

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