DC Power Line Communication (PLC) Reference Design

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Description

The DC (24 V, nominal) Power-Line Communication (PLC) reference design is intended as an evaluation module that customers can use to develop end-products for industrial applications leveraging the capability to deliver both power and communications overs the same DC power line.  The reference design provides a complete design guide for the hardware and firmware design of a master (PLC) node, slave (PLC) node in an extremely small (approximately 1-inch diameter) industrial form factor.

The application layer handles the addressing of the slave (PLC) nodes as well as the communication from the host processor (PC or Sitara Arm MPU from Texas Instruments).  The host processor communicates only to the master (PLC) node via a USB-UART interface and then master node communicates to the rest of the slave nodes over the Power Line Communication. The easy-to-use GUI is also included that can run on the host processor and provides address management as well as slave node(s) status monitoring and control to the user.

At the heart of this reference design are the AFE from TI, AFE031, to interface with power lines as well as the TMS320F28035 Piccolo™ Microcontroller that runs the PLC-Lite protocol from TI.  The AFE’s monolithic integrated circuit provides high reliability in demanding power-line communications applications.  The F2803x Piccolo family of microcontrollers (C2000™) provides the power of the C28x core and Control Law Accelerator (CLA) coupled with highly integrated control peripherals in low pin-count devices.  Based on TI’s powerful, C2000 microcontroller architecture and the AFE031, developers can select the correct blend of processing capacity and peripherals to either add power-line communications to an existing design or implement a complete application with PLC communications.

Features
  • Robust protection against power-up surges with two-stage AC-coupling design with TVS protection
  • Power design implements low-pass filtering to filter PLC communication from switching regulator operation
  • Hardware and software supports multiple nodes
  • DC-input voltage 18-V to 35-V operation
  • Long cable support, (40-m) cable passed with no bit errors even at the lowest Transmitter Power Level
  • Configurable hardware that supports different PLC standards
  • Complete PHY, MAC, and applications layer

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Part Number Name Product Family Sample & Buy Design Kits & Evaluation Modules
AFE031  Powerline Communications Analog Front End  Operational Amplifiers (Op Amps)  Sample & Buy View Design Kits & Evaluation Modules
LM34910  8-36V, 1.25A Constant On-Time Non-Synchronous Buck Regulator  Step-Down (Buck)  Sample & Buy View Design Kits & Evaluation Modules
TMS320F28020  Piccolo Microcontroller  Real-time Control  Sample & Buy View Design Kits & Evaluation Modules
TMS320F280200  Piccolo Microcontroller  Real-time Control  Sample & Buy View Design Kits & Evaluation Modules
TMS320F28021  Piccolo Microcontroller  Real-time Control  Sample & Buy View Design Kits & Evaluation Modules
TMS320F28022  Piccolo Microcontroller  Real-time Control  Sample & Buy View Design Kits & Evaluation Modules
TMS320F28023  Piccolo Microcontroller  Real-time Control  Sample & Buy View Design Kits & Evaluation Modules
TMS320F28026  Piccolo Microcontroller  Real-time Control  Sample & Buy View Design Kits & Evaluation Modules
TMS320F28026F  Piccolo Microcontroller with InstaSPIN-FOC  Real-time Control  Sample & Buy View Design Kits & Evaluation Modules
TMS320F28027  Piccolo Microcontroller  Real-time Control  Sample & Buy View Design Kits & Evaluation Modules
TMS320F28027F  Piccolo Microcontroller with InstaSPIN-FOC  Real-time Control  Sample & Buy View Design Kits & Evaluation Modules
TMS320F28030  Piccolo Microcontroller  Real-time Control  Sample & Buy View Design Kits & Evaluation Modules
TMS320F28031  Piccolo Microcontroller  Real-time Control  Sample & Buy View Design Kits & Evaluation Modules
TMS320F28032  Piccolo Microcontroller  Real-time Control  Sample & Buy View Design Kits & Evaluation Modules
TMS320F28033  Piccolo Microcontroller  Real-time Control  Sample & Buy View Design Kits & Evaluation Modules
TMS320F28034  Piccolo Microcontroller  Real-time Control  Sample & Buy View Design Kits & Evaluation Modules
TMS320F28035  Piccolo Microcontroller  Real-time Control  Sample & Buy View Design Kits & Evaluation Modules
TMS320F28050  Piccolo Microcontroller  Real-time Control  Sample & Buy View Design Kits & Evaluation Modules
TMS320F28051  Piccolo Microcontroller  Real-time Control  Sample & Buy View Design Kits & Evaluation Modules
TMS320F28052  Piccolo Microcontroller  Real-time Control  Sample & Buy View Design Kits & Evaluation Modules
TMS320F28052F  Piccolo Microcontroller with InstaSPIN-FOC  Real-time Control  Sample & Buy View Design Kits & Evaluation Modules
TMS320F28052M  Piccolo Microcontroller with InstaSPIN-MOTION  Real-time Control  Sample & Buy View Design Kits & Evaluation Modules
TMS320F28053  Piccolo Microcontroller  Real-time Control  Sample & Buy View Design Kits & Evaluation Modules
TMS320F28054  Piccolo Microcontroller  Real-time Control  Sample & Buy View Design Kits & Evaluation Modules
TMS320F28054F  Piccolo Microcontroller with InstaSPIN-FOC  Real-time Control  Sample & Buy View Design Kits & Evaluation Modules
TMS320F28054M  Piccolo Microcontroller with InstaSPIN-MOTION  Real-time Control  Sample & Buy View Design Kits & Evaluation Modules
TMS320F28055  Piccolo Microcontroller  Real-time Control  Sample & Buy View Design Kits & Evaluation Modules
TMS320F28062  Piccolo Microcontroller  Real-time Control  Sample & Buy View Design Kits & Evaluation Modules
TMS320F28062F  Piccolo Microcontroller with InstaSPIN-FOC  Real-time Control  Sample & Buy View Design Kits & Evaluation Modules
TMS320F28065  Piccolo Microcontroller  Real-time Control  Sample & Buy View Design Kits & Evaluation Modules
TMS320F28066  Piccolo Microcontroller  Real-time Control  Sample & Buy View Design Kits & Evaluation Modules
TMS320F28067  Piccolo Microcontroller  Real-time Control  Sample & Buy View Design Kits & Evaluation Modules
TMS320F28068F  Piccolo Microcontroller with InstaSPIN-FOC  Real-time Control  Sample & Buy View Design Kits & Evaluation Modules
TMS320F28068M  Piccolo Microcontroller with InstaSPIN-MOTION  Real-time Control  Sample & Buy View Design Kits & Evaluation Modules
TMS320F28069  Piccolo Microcontroller  Real-time Control  Sample & Buy View Design Kits & Evaluation Modules
TMS320F28069F  Piccolo Microcontroller with InstaSPIN-FOC  Real-time Control  Sample & Buy View Design Kits & Evaluation Modules
TMS320F28069M  Piccolo Microcontroller with InstaSPIN-MOTION  Real-time Control  Sample & Buy View Design Kits & Evaluation Modules
TMS320F28075  Piccolo Microcontroller  Real-time Control  Sample & Buy View Design Kits & Evaluation Modules
TMS320F28PLC83  Power Line Communication (PLC) Microcontroller  Real-time Control  Sample & Buy Not Available
TMS320F28PLC84  Power Line Communications (PLC) Processors  Real-time Control  Sample & Buy Not Available
TPS62170  3–17V 0.5A Step-Down Converter with DCS-Control in 2x2 QFN package  Step-Down (Buck)  Sample & Buy View Design Kits & Evaluation Modules

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User guides (2)
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