EnVerv successfully tests smart grid communications platform

EnVerv has successfully tested its newest smart grid technology, the EV8000 Powerline Communications SoC platform.

California-based semiconductor company EnVerv announced it successfully tested its newest smart grid technology, the EV8000 Powerline Communications SoC platform. The device has a single-chip with programmable frequency bands that make hardware changes unnecessary. 

Farrokh Farrokhi, vice president of engineering at EnVerv, said the company achieved full G3-PLC interoperability of its EV8000 Modem. G3-PLC, which is a protocol for narrow band low frequency power line communications, will help utilities improve long-range communication over the grid as well as increase the reliability of current power systems.

"Completing this round of interoperability tests gives our customers further confidence that their EnVerv based products can be deployed in any G3-PLC network worldwide," Farrokhi said in a statement.

Earlier this year, smart grid communications provider Ambient said it chose EnVerv's EV8000 Series technology to incorporate into the company's Smart Meter Communications Module. 

"We are excited to be working together with Ambient on our EV8000 series of products, which offer the flexibility and scalability for developers to design data concentrators that comply with any PLC standard, and meet the performance, cost, and connectivity requirements for Active Energy Management," EnVerv CEO Michael Raam said in a statement. 

More information on smart grid developments can be found on PennEnergy Research

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