AnSem's PLC technology extends communication range of G3 with 25%
AnSem demonstrated its software-defined Power Line Communication (PLC) technology at a workshop of the Wireless Community and Smart Grid Flanders.
Based on AnSem's Analog Front End (ANS6201) and NXP's CoolFlux BSP a multi-standard PLC modem was developed within the CoPlaSM-project financed by the Flemish authorities (IWT and Iminds). With a software-defined approach and a flexible AFE-chip, the G3 and S-FSK protocols have been implemented on a single modem platform upgradable for future updates.
Field tests at Eandis (responsible for operating the grid in Belgium) were performed. For the G3-protocol in the CENELEC A-band a superior communication range could be demonstrated comparing the AnSem solution with existing commercial modems. A sensitivity of 11µVrms for the ANS6201 extends the communication range with 500m, also resulting in an increased robustness against disturbances even at higher data rates. A lot of effort is spent to reduce power consumption of the ANS6201 making it suitable for smart grid as well as for smart home communication.
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AnSem is Europe's leading fabless analog ASIC design service company, designing and delivering state-of-the-art analog, RF and mixed-signal integrated circuits to customers worldwide. Founded in 1998 and based in Leuven, Belgium, AnSem specializes in the development of advanced integrated circuits for wired and wireless data transmission, sensor data acquisition, ultra low-power and high voltage applications. AnSem is ISO 9001 certified and is a proven and solid development partner for ambitious and visionary customers, reaching for leadership in global markets.