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SHDSL standard finds potential in industrial apps

Posted: 16 May 2014     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:FlexDSL  SHDSL  Ethernet First Mile  infotainment  surveillance 

A recent SHDSL initiative carries the goal of bringing the data-rate and reach performance of G.SHDSL and Ethernet First Mile (EFM) to novel industrial applications. These include public displays, infotainment systems, surveillance cameras, WiFi hotspots and vending machines that are often placed far from the available power supply can use the combination of broadband and power over existing copper using SHDSL.

"Nothing beats SHDSL when it comes to high data rates on long copper loops," said Christoph Zuber, CEO of FlexDSL, a Swiss broadband pioneer that brought SHDSL to many industrial applications and a customer for Lantiq's SHDSL solutions. "FlexDSL connects subsea monitoring systems for oil platforms, where one service mission can cost $100k. We also equip earthquake early warning systems based on extreme signal run-time accuracy independent of loop length from meters to tens of kilometres. This application demands that the connection never breaks."

Lantiq in Germany has developed a firmware version (v1.9) for its SOCRATES SHDSL chipset, providing substantially enhanced interoperability for industrial applications, along with an SHDSL CPE test service program.

SHDSL chipset

The existing four-channel SOCRATES SHDSL products also have been converted from gold to copper bond wiring, with available samples and the long product availability necessary for industrial designs.

There are options to use transformers from Wurth Elektronik as well as an Ethernet-to-SHDSL/EFM reference board and module that will be available in 2H14. Lantiq partners with SHDSL specialist Teleconnect to simplify design-in of long reach broadband in new applications.

- Nick Flaherty
  EE Times Europe

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