Saturday, November 6, 2010

Watteco Develops Ultra-Low-Power IP Smart Grid Communications Solutions

Embedded Multi-Chip Solution Initially Targeted at SmartPlug Applications for HOMES Collaborative Innovation Program in France


SANTA CLARA, Calif.--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--Watteco (www.watteco.com), a French System-on-Chip (SoC) manufacturer of “no new wire” Power Line Communication (PLC) modems for energy efficiency and intelligent home control applications, today announced it is collaborating with Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) on an ultra-low-power, intelligent communications solution that will enable the next generation of connected appliances. Designed for Smart Grid applications, the system combines Watteco’s WPC™ PLC technology with TI’s MSP430™ microcontroller (MCU) for low-power energy-management applications. For more information on TI’s ultra-low-power MSP430 MCUs, please visit www.ti.com/msp430.
The first prototype for the jointly developed multi-chip module will be a SmartPlug reference design created specifically for the HOMES collaborative innovation program led by Schneider Electric and launched by 13 industrial and research partners in 2008.
“The SmartPlug is a Plug & Control solution that will enable the creation of a Home Area Network (HAN) over the residential electrical wire simply by connecting devices over a home’s electrical wiring,” explained Didier Pellegrin, HOMES program manager. “Based on the 6LoWPAN protocol network, this solution offers an easy way to develop a smart communication platform that enables interoperability between a combination of wireless and PLC devices in a home environment.”

Read More: BusinessWire

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