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Apr 19, 2012
Panasonic's HD-PLC Eco for Smart Grid Application Ready for Licensing
Osaka, Japan - Panasonic Corporation today announced that it has started licensing its newly developed low power consumption high-speed broadband powerline communication technology HD-PLC*1 Eco.
The new HD-PLC Eco technology realizes about 90% reduction of power consumption in comparison with existing HD-PLC adapters (BL-PA510) that has 4 watt power consumption. While realizing low power consumption, the technology is able to provide the stability and security unique to wired communication for a wider variety of devices. As a result, there is high anticipation for HD-PLC Eco's application in power meters for smart grid systems and electric vehicles.
In addition to HD-PLC Eco, Panasonic has started the development of HD-PLC Inside as a network communications solution that enables lower cost and lower power consumption for home appliances and industrial equipment. The details of the licensing of HD-PLC Inside will be announced in the current fiscal year that ends March 2013.
Panasonic first began licensing its HD-PLC technology in 2010 and has since seen an expansion of the HD-PLC solution with examples such as the beginning of the sales of IEEE 1901*2 compliant HD-PLC LSI by Japanese LSI manufacturers.
To further expand HD-PLC solutions, Panasonic also announced it is licensing its HD-PLC technology to Alchip Technologies Ltd.,*3 a leading provider of silicon design and manufacturing solutions for system companies developing ASIC (Application Specific Integrated Circuit) and SoC (System-on-a-chip) designs. With this licensing, it is expected that LSI corresponding with IEEE 1901 standard will be readily provided in the global market, thereby HD-PLC equipped products developed by various companies will increase and the PLC technology will become increasingly widespread.
Panasonic will continue to develop HD-PLC systems that can be used in various products as well as promote the licensing of HD-PLC solutions to manufacturers around the world. By doing so, Panasonic aims to expand the PLC technology and realize both a ubiquitous network society and smart grids that allow electricity usage to be visualized and power consumption supply and demand to be adjusted.
Founded in 2003, Alchip Technologies Ltd. is a leading provider of silicon design and manufacturing services for companies developing complex and high-volume system-on-a-chip (SoC) designs. Alchip's products are mainly used in HDTV, mobile phones, networking, computers, entertainment and other consumer electronics devices. It provides services intended to enable customers to cost-effectively address the technological complexity of silicon design and the need to reduce time to market. For more information: www.alchip.com
Panasonic Corporation is a worldwide leader in the development and manufacture of electronic products for a wide range of consumer, business, and industrial needs. Based in Osaka, Japan, the company recorded consolidated net sales of 8.69 trillion yen (US$105 billion) for the year ended March 31, 2011. The company's shares are listed on the Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya and New York (NYSE:PC) stock exchanges. For more information on the company and the Panasonic brand, visit the company's website at http://panasonic.net/.
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