Semitech Semiconductor announced that its SM2400 PLC Technology is now available as a Click board from MikroElektronika (MIKROE). Design engineers and system developers wishing to utilize PLC Technology can now easily prototype their products and combine multiple functions without having to design their own board(s).
“Our plug-and-play Click boards are designed to revolutionize the way developers evaluate new technologies and explore new product ideas leveraging modular, tested and affordable hardware to simplify integration and allow for later upgrade of the project or product,” noted MIKROE’s Head of Click Team Aleksandar Mitrovic. “By adding Semitech to our roster, we’re opening up access to robust, versatile, high-performing PLC technology and lowering the bar for system designers to integrate it in their products.”
Semitech’s SM2400-based Click board can be used immediately to communicate over DC power lines and in conjunction with a coupler board to communicate over AC lines. Key benefits and features include:
- Multiple communication modes via firmware downloads
- Superior performance in noisy line conditions
- PC-based GUI for easy evaluation and demonstration
- Low system cost
- Can operate on AC or DC lines
- Operates in FCC band
“Click boards free designers to easily evaluate our technology, experiment with our products and reduce time to market through rapid prototyping,” said Sverrir Olafsson, vice president of engineering for Semitech. “Making our PLC technology more accessible furthers our mission to enable robust, reliable ‘no new wires’ communication that connects everything, everywhere. Our PLC Click board is a part of our overall emphasis on user friendliness and customer support.” In summary, Olafsson noted that the key benefits of the Semitech PLC Click board include accessibility, modularity, and ease of evaluation, integration and prototyping.
Available through MIKROE’s extensive worldwide distribution network, the PLC Click board featuring Semitech technology will be bundled with a GUI-based user application to further enable easy evaluation and testing. It supports a number of standard-based and proprietary modes offered on Semitech’s SM2400 platform.