Designed to specifically address requirements for efficient communication over smart metering networks, the Renesas PLC solution comprises a Physical Layer (DCSK based, proven and most robust PLC modulation), a Data Link layer and RUN-M, the Renesas Ubiquitous Network layer for Metering, which has been successfully adopted and proven in the market.
The major features of RUN-M include intelligent network setup (plug and play), self healing capabilities (response to changing field conditions), intelligent repeating mechanisms (ensuring optimal communication), and unique “NWK topology memory” (to minimise un-necessary network traffic).
Building on extensive experience of RUN-M implementations in numerous field tests, pilots and mass installations worldwide, the updated version RUN-M2.1 offers a number of additional features and benefits to smart metering customers. Line quality information is provided to the application to allow network statistics to be intelligently used for communication path analysis and management. Cross network communication enables communication between different logical networks allowing comfortable access of handheld units to meters/nodes within range for manual read out/control and simplified load balancing management through communication between concentrators. Impostor detection prevents the network from sharing information with intruders and helps avoid the use of the same NWK & node ID within range. Finally, adjustable gain control allows a more energy efficient communication.
Renesas Technology Europe supplies microcontroller-based solutions for a wide range of applications within the digital home, such as white goods, small appliances, smart metering, in-home displays, HVAC, security, healthcare and audio visual. Christos Aslanidis, PLC marketing specialist at Renesas, comments that, “The average household creates around 6 tonnes of carbon dioxide each year and there are more than 200 million homes in the EU27 group of countries. No wonder then that the European Union and member states are focused on achieving increased energy efficiency in the home through the adoption of smart metering networks. With the increased demand for electronics this will entail, Renesas’ role is to provide our customers with the microcontroller and communications solutions that offer the perfect fit for their application.” Part of Renesas’ global marketing team, the Digital Home Business Group is responsible for defining product roadmaps and solutions which will enable product differentiation and help speed up time to market.
RUN-MV2.1 is now available for ordering from Renesas or an authorised representative.
About Renesas Technology Corp.
Renesas Technology Corp. is the world’s No.1 supplier of microcontrollers and one of the world’s leading semiconductor system solutions providers for mobile, automotive and PC/AV (Audio Visual) markets. It is also a leading provider of Power MOSFETs, Smart Card microcontrollers, RF-ICs, High Power Amplifiers, Mixed Signal ICs, System-on-Chip (SoC), System-in-Package (SiP) and more. Established in 2003 as a joint venture between Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE:6501, NYSE:HIT) and Mitsubishi Electric Corporation (TSE:6503), Renesas Technology achieved consolidated revenue of 702.7 billion JPY in FY2008 (end of March 2009). Renesas Technology is based in Tokyo, Japan and has a global network of manufacturing, design and sales operations in 16 countries with 25,000 employees worldwide.
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Headquartered in Buckinghamshire, UK, Renesas Technology Europe has offices in Denmark, Finland, France, Germany (3 offices), Italy, Spain, Sweden, and representation via related companies in the Czech Republic, South Africa and Russia.
In Europe, Renesas focuses on automotive (control, networking, infotainment), wireless (GSM, CDMA and Bluetooth), smart card and microcontroller applications such as white goods, motor control, metering, energy management, building security and healthcare. It employs over 150 engineers to develop solutions for the European market and to assist customers with application development. Renesas is a leading supplier of smart card ICs in Europe. Europe is the world’s largest market for automotive electronics and microcontrollers, and is the region of most design influence for wireless electronic products. Feedback from customers in Europe has great influence on Renesas’ product development.
For further information, please visit http://www.renesas.com or for Europe visit http://www.renesas.eu
Company contact for reader and customer inquiries:
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