Since the early 90s, ST has been committed to supporting advances in narrow-band power-line communication (PLC) technologies that are now largely adopted by Automatic Meter Reading (AMR) and Automatic Meter Infrastructures (AMI) solutions at the heart of the smart grid concept.
Our large and expanding offer ranges from analog FSK transceivers with an integrated power-line driver to dual-core, multi-protocol, system-on-chip platforms with integrated power-line driver, analog front-end and AES encryption that supports B-FSK, B-PSK, Q-PSK, 8-PSK and OFDM modulations.
The fully-programmable, multi-core STCOMET integrates a programmable modem, the AFE, the power-line driver and the application micro-processor together with a fully-integrated smart meter SoC that embeds high-performance metrology functions.
To cope with the Smart Grid networks of the future, which will be multi-layered and multi-dimensional to manage the complexity of smart energy systems with bidirectional communication and power exchange between suppliers and consumers, the new ST8500 multi-standard, programmable and ultra-low power powerline communication platform, along with the STLD1 companion line driver, provides the highest performing, lowest power solution and flexibility for modular communication architectures.
Evaluation boards and software, together with certified protocol stacks, provide designers with a comprehensive development environment enabling easy integration into new and existing designs and shorter time to market.