Socionext sampling SoC with HD-PLC4 core drawing 200mW

The SC1320A HD-PLC communication device is scheduled for volume production in the third quarter.

High Definition Power Line Communication (HD-PLC) is a wired communication technology that supports communication networks by overlaying high frequency signals (2~28MHz) on existing power lines, telephone lines, cables twisted pair coaxial and other type of wire.

In 2021, the 4th generation of HD-PLC was published in the IEEE 1901-2020 standard specifying 1/2 and 1/4 transmission modes to enable longer distance communications.

It is capable of facilitating a communication or network up to a range of 10 km when combined with multi-hop technology.

With these new features, this advanced HD-PLC solution is expected to be more widely adopted in many different fields and new application areas.

The HD-PLC4 specification is implemented while maintaining a power consumption of 200 mW.

It uses a single 3.3V power supply and comes in a compact 7 x 7mm package. This solution features built-in I/O such as SPI/UART and Ethernet MAC (RMII), allowing the SC1320A to be easily integrated into home appliances, HEMS and IoT products.

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Wide range of applications

The SC1320A can be used for various daily life applications.

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Socionext has also developed a radar sensor with built-in high-level detection of a person’s position and motion, and SC1330A, a low-power, low-cost, LpWAN 2.0-enabled LSI for IoT beacons.

Socionext believes that combining these solutions with the LSI SC1320A can bring more value to IoT and smart connected systems and devices. For example, a high sensitivity presence detection radar sensor can be used in a complete hybrid communication network incorporating both the SC1320A and the SC1330A.

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