Atmel Corporation (NASDAQ: ATML) (San Jose, CA) has announced the release of the Atmel ATPL230A, a Power Line Communications (PLC) modem, implementing the physical layer of PRIME (power line intelligent metrology evolution) standard. Expanding on Atmel’s flexible SAM4Cx platform, ATPL230A addresses the fifth pillar of the Atmel’s existing platform, the physical communication layer. Atmel’s ATPL230A can be paired with dual 32-bit ARM® Cortex® -M4 RISC processors to deploy integration and accuracy for single and multichip architecture options for system integrators and OEMs.  

“Combined with our newly integrated PLC solutions, Atmel’s Smart Energy platform meets OEM demands for next generation industry standard compliant smart metering solutions,” said Kourosh Boutorabi, Senior Director of Smart Energy Products, Atmel Corporation. “We are excited to leverage Atmel’s portfolio to address a wide variety of industry standards allowing for flexibility and scalability, powering the future applications for smart grid and metrology products.” 

The ATPL230A features:

  • Compliance with PRIME specifications.
  • Class D line driver for PLC signal amplification.
  • Signal injection efficiency up to 62%.

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