STMicroelectronics First to Release G3-PLC Hybrid Powerline and Wireless Converged Communications Certified Chipset

China, June 2, 2021 – STMicroelectronics’ ST8500 and S2-LP chipsets are the first to pass the G3-PLC Hybrid Powerline and Wireless Converged Communication Standard Certification.

STMicroelectronics First to Release G3-PLC Hybrid Powerline and Wireless Converged Communications Certified Chipset

The G3-PLC Converged Communication Specification allows smart grid, smart city, industrial and IoT devices to automatically and dynamically select the best wireless or powerline connection available at any time based on network conditions, enabling higher network coverage, connection reliability and system expansion It can also improve the cost-effectiveness of system operation and support new application scenarios.

STMicroelectronics showcased the world’s first ST8500 Hybrid chipset supporting the G3-PLC Hybrid Converged Communication Specification at the 2020 G3-PLC Alliance Interoperability Test Conference. Now, the chipset is the first to complete the latest certification program for G3-PLC. Released in March 2021, the plan includes a Hybrid fusion scenario test.

The new certified chipset integrates the ST8500 programmable multi-protocol powerline communication system-on-chip (SoC), STLD1 line driver and STMicroelectronics’ S2-LP ultra-low power sub-GHz RF transceiver. The programmability of this SoC chip enables various powerline communication protocol stack implementations in global frequency bands such as CENELEC and FCC.

The ST8500 powerline communication SoC platform is widely used in smart metering, smart industry and infrastructure. The new ST Hybrid total solution has been selected by major players in the smart grid market. In addition, the official RF certification test equipment of the G3-PLC Alliance also selected ST’s hardware and firmware solutions.

The ST8500 SoC is housed in a 7mm x 7mm x 1mm QFN56 package. Both STLD1 and S2-LP are available in a 4mm x 4mm x 1mm QFN24 package. All products are in mass production. For inquiries and samples, please contact your local STMicroelectronics sales office.

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