Power Line Communication (PLC) - Overview
TI’s PLC modem systems provide the best performing communication platform for today’s Smart Grid networks around the world.
Modern PLC networks utilize OFDM modulation techniques to increase data throughput rates and reliability in inherently noisy environments such as electric grids. And due its successful history of OFDM expertise Texas Instruments has long been a pioneer in developing OFDM communications technology.
TI’s PLC solutions provide the flexibility of a single hardware and software design that can support multiple standards and therefore a single global platform, which reduce R&D costs and speed time to market.
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Smart Grid and Intelligent Control Applications
Power line communications technology enhances intelligence and reliability across a broad range of smart grid applications, including smart electrical meters, lighting, solar, electric car charging, smart appliances, home automation, intelligent building control, and networking. Suited for applications such as smart metering and control applications, TI offers a robust low frequency narrowband PLC technology ensuring data integrity while lowering power consumption and reducing system cost. Developers also speed design, tuning, and testing with the TI plcSUITE™, a comprehensive development platform offering programmable modulation and protocol libraries within a complete software framework. TI's PLC roadmap will provide developers with PLC solutions for every stage of the Smart Grid from utility substations to the entire home area network.
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