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SAM4CP16B - New PRIME certified PLC modem

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Atmel® offers a family of PRIME (PoweRline Intelligent Metering Evolution) chips, based on orthogonal frequency division multiplexing (OFDM) for narrowband power line communications (PLC) using the low-voltage electric grid. Drawing on our deep expertise in PLC modem technology and extensive collaboration with utilities and metering OEMs, we’ve created solutions offering an unprecedented level of integration and performance. Our solutions support various open and multi-provider industry standards such as PRIME, promoted by the PRIME Alliance which is composed of leading utilities, meter manufacturers, IT, service and consultancy companies, research establements and silicon providers. Atmel provides a PRIME free of charge software stack that turns the management of PLC networks into a transparent process. Atmel PRIME devices are supported by a full set of project examples, application notes, high-level application examples and a worldwide ecosystem to shorten development cycle time. Atmel PRIME PLC chips are offered in single chip (SOC) and two-chip (PHY base band + MCU) configuration.

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Key Features

  • Best PRIME-certified SoC solution, including a PRIME-certified software stack
  • Baud rates up to 128 kbps
  • Includes enhanced robust modes for PRIME PLC and frequency band extension up to 500kHz
  • SOC configuration: High performance, highly integrated platform based on ARM® Cortex®-M4-based processor, able to implement a complete Smart Meter
  • Modem (two chip) configuration: High performance PLC modem implementing PHY base band, shall be combined with an external Atmel MCU.
  • Operation in CENELEC, FCC and ARIB bands
  • Outstanding analog front end offering best-in-class efficiency and sensitivity
  • Balances bill of materials (BOM) cost vs. performance


ATPL230A adds a power line communications interface to Atmel MCUs, specially SAM4C and SAM4CM with embedded metrology by implementing the PHY layer of PRIME

SAM4CP16B is a system on chip solution able to implement a complete Smart Meter, includes a dual-core Cortex-M4 core with advanced cryptographic engine and an embedded power line communication (PLC) modem for PRIME.