Summary: the prototype communication module developed by shikino high tech and socienext conforms to the fourth generation standard ieee1901-2020 of hd-plc, and expands the communication application of Internet of things with small size and low power consumption.

Shikino High Tech Co., Ltd. and socienext Inc. announced that they had developed a prototype communication module p-tmfsu-041 and confirmed its operation. The module integrates socionext’s sc1320a, which is a communication chip in accordance with ieee1901-2020 standard and the fourth generation power line communication technology hd-plc. The two companies will continue to cooperate in the commercialization and mass production of modules in order to achieve the full popularization and market development of hd-plc.

P-tmfus-041 and sc1320a were exhibited at hd-plc alliance booth of “Intelligent Building Expo” held at Tokyo International Exhibition Center on December 6.

The new standard ieee1901-2020 has “1 / 2” and “1 / 4” modes. Compared with traditional technologies, it can realize longer distance communication and is expected to be used in a wider range of applications.

Sc1320a developed by socienext uses the chip of the fourth generation hd-plc (hd-plc4), which is a semiconductor design IP core in accordance with IEEE 1901-2020 standard. With its professional knowledge in signal processing and circuit design, socionext realizes low power consumption (200MW), 3.3V single power supply and small package (7mm x 7mm) while giving full play to the characteristics of hd-plc. Socienext plans to start mass production of sc1320a in the third quarter of 2022.

Shikino high tech has been committed to developing, manufacturing and delivering PLC module products for IOT communication used in embedded devices.

The new p-tmfsu-041 communication module equipped with sc1320a meets the hd-plc4 standard and uses the existing power line to realize high-speed data communication. Using existing power lines, a wired network can be built without installing new communication cables.

P-tmfsu-041 is equipped with multi hop function, which allows multiple PLC modules to be relayed to extend the communication distance, so that the technology can be applied to various occasions requiring long-distance communication, such as factories, buildings and construction sites. In addition to data encryption, the communication using the product maintains a high degree of security through the function of dynamically determining the transmission path status between modules. The module has a compact structure, can accommodate a variety of linetypes, and can be easily integrated into high-speed communication equipment using existing wiring. Shikino high tech will continue to evaluate and develop the module with the goal of commercializing it in 2022.

As members of hd-plc alliance, socienext and shikino high tech will continue to cooperate closely. In addition to providing independent chips and communication modules, they also propose to make contributions to the popularization of this technology and market development through various applications of hd-plc.

About socienext Inc

Socienext Inc. is a global innovative enterprise whose business involves the design, R & D and sales of system on chip. The company focuses on the world’s advanced technology with consumption, automobile and industrial fields as the core, and constantly promotes the development of diversified applications today. Socienext combines world-class expertise, experience and rich IP product portfolio to provide customers with cost-effective solutions and customer experience. Founded in 2015, the company is headquartered in Yokohama, Japan, and has offices in Japan, Asia, the United States and Europe to lead its product development and sales.

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