Product details

Number of channels (#) 1 Total supply voltage (Min) (+5V=5, +/-5V=10) 7 Total supply voltage (Max) (+5V=5, +/-5V=10) 26 Output current (Typ) (mA) 1500 GBW (Typ) (MHz) 0.67 Slew rate (Typ) (V/us) 19 Iq per channel (Typ) (mA) 49 Features Shutdown, Adj Current Limit Rating Catalog Operating temperature range (C) -40 to 125 Rail-to-rail No Architecture FET
Number of channels (#) 1 Total supply voltage (Min) (+5V=5, +/-5V=10) 7 Total supply voltage (Max) (+5V=5, +/-5V=10) 26 Output current (Typ) (mA) 1500 GBW (Typ) (MHz) 0.67 Slew rate (Typ) (V/us) 19 Iq per channel (Typ) (mA) 49 Features Shutdown, Adj Current Limit Rating Catalog Operating temperature range (C) -40 to 125 Rail-to-rail No Architecture FET
VQFN (RGZ) 48 49 mm² 7 x 7
  • Integrated powerline driver with thermal and overcurrent protection
  • Conforms to EN50065-1
  • PRIME certified
  • Large output swing: 12 VPP at 1.5 A
    (15-V supply)
  • Low power consumption:
    15 mW (receive mode)
  • Programmable Tx and Rx filters
  • Supports EN50065 CENELEC bands A, B, C, D
  • Supports FSK, S-FSK, and OFDM
  • Supports PRIME, G3, IEC 61334
  • Receive sensitivity: 20 µVRMS, typical
  • Programmable Tx and Rx gain control
  • Four-wire serial peripheral interface
  • Two integrated zero crossing detectors
  • Two-wire transceiver buffer
  • 48-Pin QFN PowerPAD™ package
  • Extended junction temperature range:
    –40°C to +125°C
  • Integrated powerline driver with thermal and overcurrent protection
  • Conforms to EN50065-1
  • PRIME certified
  • Large output swing: 12 VPP at 1.5 A
    (15-V supply)
  • Low power consumption:
    15 mW (receive mode)
  • Programmable Tx and Rx filters
  • Supports EN50065 CENELEC bands A, B, C, D
  • Supports FSK, S-FSK, and OFDM
  • Supports PRIME, G3, IEC 61334
  • Receive sensitivity: 20 µVRMS, typical
  • Programmable Tx and Rx gain control
  • Four-wire serial peripheral interface
  • Two integrated zero crossing detectors
  • Two-wire transceiver buffer
  • 48-Pin QFN PowerPAD™ package
  • Extended junction temperature range:
    –40°C to +125°C

The AFE031 is a low-cost, integrated, powerline communications (PLC) analog front-end (AFE) device that is capable of capacitive- or transformer-coupled connections to the powerline while under the control of a DSP or microcontroller. It is ideal for driving low-impedance lines that require up to 1.5 A into reactive loads. The integrated receiver is able to detect signals down to 20 µVRMS and is capable of a wide range of gain options to adapt to varying input signal conditions. This monolithic integrated circuit provides high reliability in demanding powerline communications applications.

The AFE031 transmit power amplifier operates from a single supply in the range of 7 V to 24 V. At maximum output current, a wide output swing provides a 12-VPP (IOUT = 1.5 A) capability with a nominal 15-V supply. The analog and digital signal processing circuitry operates from a single 3.3-V power supply.

The AFE031 is internally protected against overtemperature and short-circuit conditions. It also provides an adjustable current limit. An interrupt output is provided that indicates both current limit and thermal limit. There is also a shutdown pin that can be used to quickly put the device into its lowest power state. Through the four-wire serial peripheral interface, or SPI™, each functional block can be enabled or disabled to optimize power dissipation.

The AFE031 is housed in a thermally-enhanced, surface-mount PowerPAD package (QFN-48). Operation is specified over the extended industrial junction temperature range of –40°C to +125°C.

The AFE031 is a low-cost, integrated, powerline communications (PLC) analog front-end (AFE) device that is capable of capacitive- or transformer-coupled connections to the powerline while under the control of a DSP or microcontroller. It is ideal for driving low-impedance lines that require up to 1.5 A into reactive loads. The integrated receiver is able to detect signals down to 20 µVRMS and is capable of a wide range of gain options to adapt to varying input signal conditions. This monolithic integrated circuit provides high reliability in demanding powerline communications applications.

The AFE031 transmit power amplifier operates from a single supply in the range of 7 V to 24 V. At maximum output current, a wide output swing provides a 12-VPP (IOUT = 1.5 A) capability with a nominal 15-V supply. The analog and digital signal processing circuitry operates from a single 3.3-V power supply.

The AFE031 is internally protected against overtemperature and short-circuit conditions. It also provides an adjustable current limit. An interrupt output is provided that indicates both current limit and thermal limit. There is also a shutdown pin that can be used to quickly put the device into its lowest power state. Through the four-wire serial peripheral interface, or SPI™, each functional block can be enabled or disabled to optimize power dissipation.

The AFE031 is housed in a thermally-enhanced, surface-mount PowerPAD package (QFN-48). Operation is specified over the extended industrial junction temperature range of –40°C to +125°C.

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* Data sheet AFE031 Powerline Communications Analog Front-End datasheet (Rev. E) PDF | HTML 17 Jun 2019
Application note Interfacing the C2000 with an AFE03x: B-FSK Example (Rev. D) PDF | HTML 15 Feb 2022
E-book Analog Engineer’s Pocket Reference Guide Fifth Edition (Rev. C) 30 Nov 2018
E-book The Signal e-book: A compendium of blog posts on op amp design topics 28 Mar 2017
User guide TINA Simulation Schematic of a Two-Node, Power-Line Communication System 06 Sep 2013
More literature Efficiency from Metering to Service Solutions 17 Oct 2012
Application note AFE Design for a Narrowband Power-Line Communications Modem Using the AFE031 (Rev. A) 03 Nov 2011

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Evaluation board

BOOSTXL-AFE031-DF1 — SunSpec-Compatible PLC BoosterPack™

The BOOSTXL-AFE031-DF1 evaluation module features the AFE031, TI’s integrated power-line communication (PLC) analog front-end device. When paired with a supported C2000™ MCU LaunchPad™ development kit, the BoosterPack™ plug-in module offers a robust evaluation platform for (...)
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Software development kit (SDK)

TI-PLC-G3-DC — G3 Data Concentrator Power-Line Communication Modem

New text: G3-PLC standard for narrowband OFDM Power Line Communications. The data concentrator solution is designed for the head-end systems which communicate with the end meters (“service node”) in the neighborhood area network.

The TI G3-PLC data concentrator system relies on the AM3356 ARM (...)

Software development kit (SDK)

TI-PLC-PRIME-DC — PRIME Data Concentrator Power-Line Communication Modem

PRIME standard for narrowband OFDM Power Line Communications. The data concentrator solution is designed for the head-end systems which communicate with the end meters (“service node”) in the neighborhood area network.

 

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Simulation model

AFE031 IBIS Model

SLAM065.ZIP (60 KB) - IBIS Model
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AFE031 PSpice Model (Rev. A)

SLAM240A.ZIP (43 KB) - PSpice Model
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AFE031 TINA-TI Reference Design

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AFE031 TINA-TI Spice Model

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TINA Simulation Schematic - Two-node PLC System

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ANALOG-ENGINEER-CALC — Analog engineer's calculator

The Analog Engineer’s Calculator is designed to speed up many of the repetitive calculations that analog circuit design engineers use on a regular basis. This PC-based tool provides a graphical interface with a list of various common calculations ranging from setting op-amp gain with feedback (...)
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PSPICE-FOR-TI — PSpice® for TI design and simulation tool

PSpice® for TI is a design and simulation environment that helps evaluate functionality of analog circuits. This full-featured, design and simulation suite uses an analog analysis engine from Cadence®. Available at no cost, PSpice for TI includes one of the largest model libraries in the (...)
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TINA-TI — SPICE-based analog simulation program

TINA-TI provides all the conventional DC, transient and frequency domain analysis of SPICE and much more. TINA has extensive post-processing capability that allows you to format results the way you want them. Virtual instruments allow you to select input waveforms and probe circuit nodes voltages (...)
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Reference designs

TIDA-060001 — SunSpec Rapid Shutdown Transmit and Receive Reference Design

This reference design interfaces an AFE031 Powerline Communications Analog Front End with a C2000 MCU to send and receive data over a wired coupled interface using frequency shift keying (FSK). The design demonstrates the SunSpec standard protocol transmitting the specific 33-bit word packet using (...)
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