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Brite and Semitech develop SoC that combines PLC and wireless

Steve Rogerson
June 28, 2016
China-based Brite Semiconductor and Australian company Semitech Semiconductor are jointly developing an industrial M2M system on chip to help transform electricity grids into smart grids. This SoC is designed to support M2M communications in the global industrial and energy transmission market via PLC and wireless modes.
Backed by a track record that includes numerous ASIC designs, Brite has developed a Cadence Tensilica-based communications core architecture SoC that integrates DSP, memory, PLC AFE, RF transceiver and high-speed interface IPs with DDR and USB. This provides a dual-mode PLC and wireless communications system to achieve interactive M2M communications.
The SoC will be manufactured using an advanced process with strategic partner, SMIC, and will contain Semitech’s integrated PLC and wireless IP. The resulting product aims to provide reliability and quality, ensuring that it can be adopted by a broad range of industrial applications.
“This collaboration represents an important milestone for Brite, as designing an industrial SoC product for the emerging M2M market has been a goal of ours,” said Jerry Ardizzone, senior vice president of worldwide sales and marketing for Brite Semiconductor. “The primary application for the Brite and Semitech collaboration will be smart meters, and we will be developing additional solutions for broader industrial applications including smart home, smart grid and automotive.”
Semitech developed a dual-mode communications core (DMCC) for PLC and wireless and will apply this IP to Brite’s SoC-based system. By leveraging its experience in M2M communications and expanding its proven PLC core, Semitech provides a total DMCC system, including architecture, digital modules and algorithms that can simultaneously support reliable wireless and PLC connectivity for the M2M market.
“The next evolutionary step for smart grid applications is to move towards heterogeneous PLC and wireless networks, while accommodating aggressive cost and power budgets,” said Zeev Collin, CEO of Semitech Semiconductor. “Our existing PLC architecture and the extensive experience of our team in narrowband communications across different media make it possible to take this step. Partnering with Brite puts us at the leading edge of the M2M market, and will ensure that we will yield a superior product.”