HomePlug Green PHY powerline communication SoC for LED lighting

February 13, 2013 // By Julien Happich
Greenvity Communications expands its Hybrii family of system-on-chip (SoC) connectivity solutions with the Hybrii-Mini GV7013 aimed at cost-sensitive consumer and industrial applications. Compatible with the HomePlug Green PHY powerline communication (PLC) specification for smart grid applications, the GV7013 specifically addresses intelligent and controlled LED lighting.

The Hybrii-Mini PLC enables intelligent LED lighting over long distances for various types of commercial, residential and public LED lighting applications, including lamps, fixtures, panels and bulbs. The GV7013 also can ensure robust and reliable two-way communication for outdoor lighting such as controlled street lighting and digital signage applications. In residential or building environments, the Hybrii-Mini PLC offers longer range and larger coverage by communicating through multiple walls and floors—a capability that would be a challenge for wireless solutions due to significant signal loss through concrete objects.

One of the major advantages of the GV7013 is its compatibility with the HomePlug Green PHY international standard, which coexists and is interoperable with the HomePlug AV and IEEE P1901 standards. Because of this, smart lighting solutions with GV7013 will be interoperable with a plethora of existing and emerging HomePlug AV- and IEEE P1901-based products such as home gateways, routers and set-top boxes.

The highly integrated GV7013 offers high performance and robust powerline connectivity with data rates up to 9.8Mbps. Using OFDM technology across the 2 MHz to 30 MHz spectrums, the Hybrii-Mini offers reliability and increases noise immunity in a system. The GV7013 chip integrates a microprocessor for low power energy management and lighting control, and it supports several interfaces including SPI, UART, I2C and PWM to directly control a variety of LED power drivers and LED chips. The GV7013 architecture and software allow mobile devices such as the iPhone and iPad to control LED lights with dimming and color-tuning capabilities. The Hybrii-Mini chip is designed and tested for use in the -40 to +85ºC temperature range.

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