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MCU tailored for powerline-based communication

Posted: 01 Oct 2010     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:microcontrollers  power lines  communication 

Renesas Electronics adds the M306S0F8DGP to its M16C/6S series of microcontrollers and includes integrated modems to enable low data rate communication using existing power lines.

It has 64kB flash memory and a powerline communication modem. Designed to cope with significant noise, distortion and other powerline phenomena, it targets street lights, building automation systems, smart applications and other command and control applications.

The MCU integrates Renesas Electronics' M16C core along with an IT800 powerline communication modem with differential code shift keying (DCSK) modulation. This technology provides reliable communication within existing power lines and ensures data transmissions are not hampered by pulse noise or distortion.

Its communication methodology adheres to the standard developed by the HomePlug Command and Control industry alliance making it suitable for use in energy management and conservation initiatives such as intelligent street light control, smart metering, and home and building area networks.

Renesas Electronics is planning the imminent launch of serial interface software to enable the M306S0F8DGP MCU to be used as a simple transceiver. The software will provide additional benefits to system designers by enabling them to utilise the transceiver over the universal asynchronous receiver transmitter (UART) interface.

- Collin Holland
EE Times

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