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Power Line
Modem Applications
Overview Key Benefits
A power line modem, increasingly used for circuit (ASIC) for coding/decoding and > Interfaces low voltage to high
communication between several appliances sending/receiving functions. Today, both the voltage power grid
and an integral component of the smart microcontroller and ASIC in a power line > Transmits the data using the
kitchen, once required both a modem are often replaced by a digital signal existing power transmission
microcontroller for general control and a controller (DSC). line
specialized application-specific integrated
> Supports networking and
independent addressing of
> Supports stand-alone
Power Line operation in small
> Requires a small power stage
DSP Controller
for signal delivery
> Out-of-the-box software
components designed to
Coding/ expedite time-to-market and
Decoding reduce development costs
Stage PWM

Freescale Ordering Information
Part Number Product Highlights Additional Information

DSP56F800 Family 80 MHz, 40 MIPS, up to 31.5KB Flash, 6K words RAM and Off-Chip Memory, SCI,
SPI, ADC, PWM, Quadrature Decoder, Quad Timer, CAN, GPIO, MCU-friendly
instruction set, JTAG/OnCE for debug
DSP56F827 80 MHz, 40 MIPS, SCI, SPI, SSI, TOD, ADC, MCU-friendly instruction set, OnCE for debug,
Quad Timer and external memory expansion, and up to 52 GPIO
> 64K Program Flash available in 128-pin LQFP.
> 1K Program RAM
> 4K Data Flash
> 4K Data RAM
MC56F8322 60 MHz, 60 MIPS, 48KB Flash and 12KB RAM with 2 SPI, 2 SCI, 2 ADC, Industrial (-40°C to 105°C) and Extended (-40°C to
PWM, COP, PLL, Decoder, 2 Quad Timers, FlexCAN, an MCU-friendly 125°C) Temperature Ranges, with up to 21 GPIOs
instruction set, Enhanced OnCE for debug, on-chip relaxation oscillator, in a 48-pin LQFP.
and temperature sensor.
MC56F8323 60 MHz, 60 MIPS, 48KB Flash and 12KB RAM with 2 SPI, 2 SCI, 2 ADC, Industrial (-40°C to 105°C) and Extended (-40°C to
PWM, COP, PLL, Decoder, 2 Quad Timers, FlexCAN, an MCU-friendly 125°C) Temperature Ranges, with up to 27 GPIOs
instruction set, Enhanced OnCE for debug, on-chip relaxation oscillator, in a 64-pin LQFP.
and temperature sensor.

Design Challenges kHz have been defined for power line Freescale Semiconductor Solution
A power line modem transmits and communications. The frequency range of A coupling transformer with high pass
receives data through a power line, or 95 kHz to 148.5 kHz is open for home characteristic is a reliable solution,
mains. Its use in home applications interconnectivity applications, with the providing necessary galvanic isolation of
requires a duplex-mode power line modulation frequency band, 125 kHz to the power line from the main voltage. In
modem that transmits and receives data 140 kHz, defined as carrier sense a one-phase operation, the transformer
at approximately 10 kbit/s. multiple access (CSMA). should be connected in parallel between
The block diagram on page 1 shows a one phase and neutral for 220 V and
The modulation band selected for power
simple block diagram of a power line between two of the three phases for a
line communications must meet the
modem. An incoming signal is coupled to three-phase operation. A serial
required data rate while maximizing
the receiving component of the modem connection of the coupling transformer is
resistance to noise and interference with
that decodes the data and delivers it to not recommended, because it results in
the signal. In any power line, there are
the application through an interface. The a high current through the transformer
several sources of noise and
application returns data to the modem, that causes a magnetic saturation of the
interference, each with individual
where it’s coded. The transmitter then transformer core. The figure below
generates an amplified signal that is shows a basic schematic often used for
> Multiples of the main frequency; i.e.,
coupled into the power line. a coupler.
50 Hz, 100 Hz, 150 Hz
Among factors to consider in power line In the figure below, values of R, C and
> High-voltage transients from flashes
communications are: the ratio of the transformer depend on
or switches
the actual data rate and power and
> Easy signal coupling into and out of > High-frequency noise of power factor frequency of the signal. For use in
the power line. corrections (PFCs), motors, and frequencies ranging from 95 kHz to
> Efficient transmission through the inverters 148.5 kHz, the coupled signal voltage
power line and ongoing separation Every modulation band has advantages can reach up to 116 dBµV, equaling
between the communication signal and disadvantages. Commonly used 631 mV.
and the power line frequency. schemes for modulation include binary
> Resistance to noise and interference phase shift keying (BSK), frequency shift
such as electromagnetic interference keying (FSK), and several spread
(EMI) and electromagnetic spectrum techniques. In all applications,
compatibility (EMC). a modulation scheme should support
The regulations for power line networking and independent addressing
communication in America, Europe, and of the end devices. The physical
Asia differ greatly. A common standard interface should provide for coupling the
does not exist. In Europe, for example, signal from the transmitter to the power
several frequency bands and line and from the power line to the
frequencies ranging from 3 kHz to 148.5 receiver.


C R N1 : N2

Input L1 L2 Output

Freescale Semiconductor’s DSP56F8xx is transmitted to the application by the power stage to the power line
offers a superior solution in a power line integrated serial communications communication can be avoided.
modem. The DSP56F8xx’s small form interface (SCI). Only a small power A special reference design can
factor, internal clock generator, and stage is required to deliver the signal to demonstrate the benefits of including the
microcontroller functions make this the coupling transformer. DSP56F8xx in a power line modem.
device ideal in a stand-alone operation in As shown in the figure on page 4, a After successfully proving the
small applications. The 12-bit analog-to- power line modem may be added to an functionality via the reference design, the
digital converter (ADC) has sufficient existing application using a DSP56F8xx. software for power line communication
resolution to detect information signals, The combination and interaction may be integrated into the embedded
and a 15-bit pulse width modulation between the algorithms used for the Software Development Kit (SDK).
(PWM) generates clear transmissions. power line modem and an appliance
The on-chip flash memory and mean an influence of the appliance’s
calculating power code and decode data






Power Refrigerator
Stage PWM

Development Tools
Tool Type Product Name Vendor Description

Software CW568X Freescale Semiconductor CodeWarrior™ Development Studio for 56800/E Controllers with
Processor Expert (Metrowerks)
Software Processor Expert Freescale Semiconductor Software infrastructure that allows development of efficient, high
level software applications that are fully portable and reusable
across all 56800/E family of processors.
Software CWDSP56800 Freescale Semiconductor CodeWarrior Software Development Tools for DSP56800E
Hardware 56F800DEMO Freescale Semiconductor 56F800 Demonstration Kit
Hardware DSP56F801EVM Freescale Semiconductor Evaluation Module for the 56F801 and 56F802
Hardware DSP56F803EVM Freescale Semiconductor Evaluation Module for the 56F803
Hardware DSP56F805EVM Freescale Semiconductor Evaluation Module for the 56F805
Hardware DSP56F807EVM Freescale Semiconductor Evaluation Module for the 56F807
Hardware DSP56F827EVM Freescale Semiconductor Evaluation Module for the 56F827
Hardware MC56F8300DSK Freescale Semiconductor 56F8300 Developers Start Kit
Hardware MC56F8323EVM Freescale Semiconductor Evaluation Module for 56F8322 and 56F8323
Development Kit DSPOSRTOS Freescale Semiconductor Emulation Support for DSP56F8xx Processors (Requires Ethernet

This document may not include all the details necessary to completely develop this design. It is provided as a reference only and is
intended to demonstrate the variety of applications for the device.

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