Semitech Semiconductor introduced their SM2101 FSK/BPSK based power line transceiver. The SM2101 is ideal for Advance Metering Infrastructure (AMI) and Automated Meter Reading (AMR) applications. The SM2101 is based on the SM6401. However, the SM2101 does not include embedded Flash and application microcontroller (MCU) to lower the cost for high volume PLC applications on low or medium voltage power line networks. The SM2101 is now sampling.
Semitech Semiconductor launched the SM2200 OFDMA (Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiple Access) based power line transceiver. The smart grid SM2200 includes a packet data modem with a simple physical layer protocol. When combined with a microcontroller (MCU), the chip is a cost effective solution for data links and point-to-point, star or ad hoc networks. The SM2200 IC is ideal for metering infrastructure and automated meter reading, street lighting control, smart energy home area networking, home automation, building automation, and other deployments requiring communications over an existing power line. The OFDMA power line communication transceiver is sampling now.