Cypress Semiconductor Corp. (Nasdaq: CY) today announced that its programmable Powerline Communication (PLC) solution for data communication over existing power lines was selected as an Editor’s Choice product by Industrial Embedded Systems magazine in the 2010 Resource Guide issue. Leveraging the programmable analog and digital resources of Cypress’s PSoC® programmable system-on-a-chip architecture, the new PLC solution integrates multiple functions beyond communication, such as power measurement, system management and LCD drive. The solution offers the flexibility to communicate over high-voltage and low-voltage power lines for lighting and industrial control, solar, smart energy management and home automation applications.
ess offers reference designs for both high-voltage (110V – 240V AC) and low-voltage (12V – 24V AC/DC) coupling circuits based on boards compliant with Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardization (CENELEC) standards. The precertified boards provide developers with a complete solution with fast time-to-market and have been reduced in price since the initial introduction to reach a broader customer base. More information is available at www.cypress.com/go/PLC, and a video on the solution is available at www.cypress.com/go/PLCvideo.
The current push to develop smart energy applications drew my attention to the Cypress PLC solution, said Don Dingee, editorial director, Industrial Embedded Systems and OpenSystems Media. We think engineers will appreciate the programmability and integration this product offers for developing a broad range of smart energy products.
“The Industrial Embedded Systems Editor’s Choice honor echoes the rave reviews we are hearing from our lead customers on the reliability and versatility of our PLC solution,” said Cliff Drowley, Vice President of the PowerPSoC® Business Unit at Cypress. ”We are targeting our PLC evaluation and development kits to meet the strong demand we are seeing for solar, lighting and smart energy management applications.”
Whereas existing solutions require external microcontrollers and filters, the Cypress PLC solution integrates a Frequency-Shift Key (FSK) PHY modem, network protocol and application code with the programmable analog and digital blocks and microcontroller of the PSoC architecture. This combination provides a single hardware platform for multiple applications, reducing BOM cost, board size and chip count while improving manufacturability. In addition to its flexibility and integration, the new solution offers industry-leading reliability with greater than 97% packet success rates without retries and 100% success rates with retries built into the solution’s coding. The solutions support bidirectional half-duplex communication and feature variable baud rates up to 2400 bps.