Launching Next-Generation Long-Distance Power Line Communications for Smart Connected Systems
YOKOHAMA, Japan, Tuesday, March 9, 2021 ---MIRAIT Corporation, MMD inc., NURI Telecom Co. Ltd., and Socionext Inc. have agreed that the four companies will jointly conduct a test verification using a compact PoC system equipped with a next-generation long-distance power line communication LSI, currently being developed by Socionext, the world's leading fabless SoC supplier. The companies will proceed with specific studies for social implementation mainly in the energy and ICT fields.
HD-PLC (High Definition Power Line Communication) is a technology that complies with the international standard IEEE 1901-2020 to put communication signals on power lines, unlike ordinary communication networks, wired or wireless. Its greatest feature is that it eliminates the need for dedicated communication networks for individual devices by utilizing the power lines and realizes communication between devices while consolidating the signals into power lines.
Socionext’s next-generation long-distance power line communication device complies with the next generation standard of high-speed power line communication. It delivers industry-leading small size, low power consumption, and long-distance communication, using Socionext's proprietary low-power solution, high-performance analog, and power supply technologies with using advanced process technology. Establishing communication networks is essential for digital transformation (DX) to reduce the effort through remote and automatic control of various information devices using technologies such as IoT and AI. The next-generation long-distance power line communication device under development is expected to play a role in smart connected systems that maximize the advantages of HD-PLC.
The four companies conducted a long-distance test verification using a compact PoC for system verification of the next-generation long-distance power line communication LSI, and obtained communication verification results for a distance of over 1 km. It is expected to enable communication for a total distance of 10 km with the multi-hop function (*1). MIRAIT's network integration for building communication infrastructures, and MMD's solutions for aquariums, museums and other community development projects (Energy Management System, signage and cameras), are among the focus applications. So are NURI Telecom's sensor and energy solutions.
The four companies will move into the validation phase for the use of the next-generation long-distance power line communication LSI, and provide new solutions for “last one yard” of communication through open innovation. The objective: to contribute to a sustainable society.
*1 Multi-hop function:
Communication using multi-stage relay technology utilizing multiple HD-PLC communication devices
Using the technology and knowledge of communication infrastructure construction by telecommunications carriers, MIRAIT will begin designing and constructing a communication network that takes advantage of the next-generation HD-PLC for bidirectional communication for collecting data of equipment such as power receiving facilities, air conditioning and power generation facilities, and various information devices such as meter and sensors, and will promote its implementation in society.
MMD Provides one-stop support for aquariums and museums from planning to design, construction, and operation, and is one of the few companies in Japan that possesses excellent skills for artificial seawater and water filtration engineering as well as for spatial presentation and design.
MMD will study the introduction of DX solutions using high-speed power lines for monitoring of special equipment in aquariums, light control in museums and commercial facilities, signage, surveillance cameras, energy management, etc., in several aquarium construction and community development projects that are currently underway.
NURI Telecom Co., Ltd.
In the field of energy solutions, which provide stable operation and efficient operating environment of ICT infrastructure based on the technology of system operation management products, NURI Telecom will start to study the implementation of next-generation HD-PLC as a technological element for a society where business and living environments are rapidly connected to networks.
About Socionext Inc.
Socionext is a global, innovative enterprise that designs, develops and delivers System-on-Chip based solutions to customers worldwide. The company is focused on technologies that drive today’s leading-edge applications in consumer, automotive and industrial markets. Socionext combines world-class expertise, experience, and an extensive IP portfolio to provide exceptional solutions and ensure a better quality of experience for customers. Founded in 2015, Socionext Inc. is headquartered in Yokohama, and has offices in Japan, Asia, United States and Europe to lead its product development and sales activities. For more information, visit www.socionext.com.
About Socionext America Inc.
Socionext America Inc. (SNA) is the US branch of Socionext Inc. headquartered in Santa Clara, California. The company is one of the world’s leading fabless ASIC suppliers, specializing in a wide range of standard and customizable SoC solutions for automotive, consumer, and industrial markets. Socionext provides customers with quality semiconductor products based on extensive and differentiated IPs, proven design methodologies, and state-of-the-art implementation expertise, with full support.
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