Smart grid interoperability: EnVerv platform passes G3-PLC tests


US fabless semiconductor company EnVerv has announced that its EV8000 system-on-chip platform passed interoperability tests with G3-PLC standards held last month.

The tests, which were held in the labs of the G3-PLC Alliance sponsor ERDF, covered interoperability with other vendors in all three bands of CEENELEC A, FCC and ARIB in a well-integrated single chip SOC.
These tests also looked at PHY, MAC and the 6LoWPAN Network layer.

Mandatory nodes

The EV8000 product family was found to support all mandatory and optional modes of the G3-PLC specification, according to EnVerv.

Dr Farrokh Farrokhi, vice president of Engineering at EnVerv, said: “We are pleased to achieve full G3-PLC interoperability of our EV8000 Modem.

“By providing a fully programmable solution, we demonstrated our ability to interoperate in all of the frequency bands supported by the G3-PLC specification, while servicing all the standard and optional modes of G3-PLC. Completing this round of interoperability tests gives our customers further confidence that their EnVerv based products can be deployed in any G3-PLC network worldwide.”

Programmable chip

The EV8000 is a single-chip PLC SoC with programmable frequency bands, covering CENELEC-A, FCC and ARIB bands.

The EV8000 soft-modem can be programmed to operate in ITU-T G.9903 (G3-PLC), ITU-T G.9904 (PRIME), IEEE P1901.2 and IEC-61334 (S-FSK) modes by downloading their respective firmware code to the chip remotely over the power line network.