MegaChips announced the availability of its KL5BPLC250WMP, the BlueChip PLC chip with Multi-hop capability. KL5BPLC250WMP is a high-frequency PLC communication SoC that can operate over longer distances than traditional PLC devices. This product is scheduled to begin mass production from October 2015.
The MegaChips multi-hop communication function in the new BlueChip PLC ensures stable communication over a wider area by allowing the terminal to bridge to other terminal devices and essentially hop over greater distances. The multi-hop function enables communication between Master and Terminal even when no direct communication link is possible between them by using the Terminal as a relay point.
The BlueChip PLC Multi-hop allows up to ten-phase hopping. As its routing protocol, MegaChips has adopted the ITU-T G.9905, an international standard featuring low network load and compatibility with a large-scale network.
“Many industrial applications need longer distance wireless communications with low power consumption,” said Masahiro Konishi, General Manager of development at MegaChips Corporation. “The new BlueChip PLC chip with Multi-hop capability offers higher transmission speed with lower power consumption and improved reliability of communications compared to other PLC communication chips for these applications.”