MegaChips and Gesytec GmbH unveil what they are calling the world’s first LON HD-PLC bridge for smart city and smart building applications. Built to seamlessly couple Ethernet and RS-485 devices, Gestytec’s LON HD-PLC bridge enables system designers and integrators to upgrade to higher speeds, longer ranges, more nodes, and more advanced feature-sets over their existing wiring infrastructure with minimum cost.
In 2017 LonMark International adopted HD-PLC as the new channel standard for high-speed wireline networks. Based on the IEEE 1901 and ITU-T G.9905 international standards, HD-PLC combines IP-based broadband communication with multi-hop technology to achieve Megabit data rates over several kilometers of cabling (ac/dc powerlines, twisted-pair, coax, etc.). It supports up to 1024 nodes and is packed with innovations such as free topology, mesh networking with dynamic traffic routing, and crypto-strong AES-128 encryption.
Gesytec’s LON HD-PLC bridge is offered in a DIN rail module optimized for building and industrial automation applications. Capable of acting as an HD-PLC master or terminal for HD-PLC, as well as master for the upcoming CNP-HD-PLC standard EN 14908-8 or ANSI / CTA 709.8., the LON HD-PLC bridge can be paired with a Gesytec Easylon Router Plus to connect an HD-PLC network with a standard LON network using TP/FT-10 or LON/IP.
At the heart of Gesytec’s LON HD-PLC bridge is a MegaChips BlueChip HD-PLC System-on-Chip (MLKHN1501) with Multi-hop technology. The SoC combines MegaChips’ Analog-Front-End, PHY/MAC, and memory into a single package to deliver bidirectional, IP-based communication over any wire. For more details, watch the video below, checkout the datasheet, and visit MegaChips.