Future takes powerline franchise global

Future Electronics has extended its franchise agreement with powerline comms IC firm ADD semiconductor in to a global deal.

ADD develops system-on-chip (SoC) powerline comms devices for narrowband communications using low voltage electric grid transmission cabling.
“Powerline communication is becoming an important communication standard in the Americas,” said Nathan Lee, technical marketing manager for Future Energy Solutions.

“Within the home we’re seeing a mix of wireless and wired technologies. Building control for commercial properties as well as smart meters and sub-metering are also focusing on using the best of wired and wireless communications,” said Lee.

The powerline chips integrate a 8-bit microcontroller with MAC circuitry and modem and are supported by software libraries, reference designs, and development tools.

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