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MAX2990

10kHz to 490kHz OFDM-Based Power Line Communications Modem

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Industry's First OFDM-Based Power Line Communication Modem Delivering 100kbps in the 10kHz to 490kHz Frequency Bands

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Part Details
Features
  • Combines the Physical Layer (PHY) and Media Access Controller (MAC)
  • Integrated Microcontroller with 32kB Password-Protected Flash Memory and 8kB SRAM
  • Maximum Effective Data Rate in Normal Mode
    • 32kbps at 10kHz to 95kHz and 100kbps at 10kHz to 490kHz
  • Complies with
    • CENELEC A (10kHz to 95kHz)
    • CENELEC B (95kHz to 120kHz)
    • CENELEC C (120kHz to 140kHz)
    • FCC (10kHz to 490kHz)
    • ARIB (10kHz to 450kHz)
  • Includes Forward Error Correction (FEC) Mechanism and CRC16
  • Includes Fast DES Engine as the Encryption/Decryption Coprocessor and CRC32
  • Jammer Cancellation for FCC and ARIB
  • User-Configured Start and End Operating Frequency
  • Carrier Sense Multiple Access/Collision Avoidance (CSMA/CA) Channel Access Arbitration
  • Automatic Repeat Request (ARQ) to Enhance Error Detection and Improve Data Reliability
  • Supports SPI, I²C, and UART Interfaces
  • Real-Time Clock (RTC)
  • PWM Counters
  • Built-In Test Mode Engine for Identifying Channel Conditions
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The MAX2990 power line communication (PLC) baseband modem delivers a cost-effective, reliable, half-duplex asynchronous data communication over AC or DC power lines at speeds up to 100kbps. The MAX2990 is a highly integrated system-on-chip (SoC) that combines the physical (PHY) and media access control (MAC) layers using Maxim's 16-bit MAXQ microcontroller core. The MAX2990 utilizes OFDM modulation techniques to enable robust data communication using the same electrical network that supplies power to all other devices on the network.

The MAX2990 includes the MAXQ microcontroller core. The MAXQ is a 16-bit RISC microcontroller with 32kB flash memory, 5.12kB of ROM, and 8kB SRAM, of which 4kB that can be simultaneously accessed by the MCU and the PHY. The MAX2990 is integrated with modules for serial communication (SPI™, I²C, UART) and a real-time clock (RTC) for time stamping, in addition to standard blocks such as timers, GPIO, and external interrupts.

The MAX2990 transceiver is based on an orthogonal frequency division multiplexing (OFDM) technique that allows robust data transmission over poor channel conditions specifically for environments with impulsive noise. OFDM with binary phase shift key (BPSK) and forward error correcting (FEC) blocks are used because of their inherent adaptability in the presence of frequency selective channels without the use of equalizers, resilience to jammer signals, robust communications in the presence of group delay spread, and robustness to impulsive noise. The MAX2990 features jammer cancellation that removes constant sinusoidal interference signals for FCC and ARIB bands. Privacy is provided by DES encryption.

The MAX2990 is available in a 64-pin LQFP package and is specified over the -40°C to +85°C extended temperature range.

Applications

  • Automatic Meter Reading
  • Building Automation
  • Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC)
  • Home Automation
  • Industrial Automation
  • Lighting Control
  • Remote Monitoring and Control
  • Security Systems/Keyless Entry
  • Sensor Control and Data Acquisition
  • Voice-Over-Powerline

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Software & Part Ecosystem

Software & Part Ecosystem

Evaluation Kit

Evaluation Kits 1

MAX2990EVKIT

Evaluation Kit for the MAX2990 and MAX2991

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MAX2990EVKIT

Evaluation Kit for the MAX2990 and MAX2991

Evaluation Kit for the MAX2990 and MAX2991

Features and Benefits

  • Optimized to Operate with the MAX2990 PLC Baseband
  • Integrated Band Select Filter, AGC, and 10-Bit ADC for Rx Path
  • Integrated Wave-Shaping Filter, Programmable Predriver Gain, and 10-Bit DAC for Tx Path
  • Variable Sampling Rate Up to 1.2Msps
  • Built-In 60dB Dynamic Range AGC and DC Offset Cancellation
  • Programmable Filters Operate in the CENELEC, FCC, and ARIB Frequency Bands
  • Single 3.3V Power Supply
  • 70mA Typical Supply Current (Half-Duplex Mode)
  • Extended Operating Temperature Range

Product Detail

The MAX2990 evaluation kit is a highly integrated chipset including the MAX2990 baseband (BB) and MAX2991 analog front end (AFE). This system transfers data over 120V or 240V AC powerlines, DC, or cold wire. The MAX2990 baseband uses an orthogonal frequency division multiplexing modulation (OFDM) technique that can be configured to operate in the 10kHz to 490kHz frequency band.

The MAX2990 evaluation kit contains two modems and the evaluation software. It is assembled and preconfigured to demonstrate performance under a variety of international regulatory requirements. The part number for the different communication standards are as follows:

Part Number Description Freq. Band Data Rate (Max)
MAX2990EVKITA# CENELEC A 32kHz to 95kHz 23Kbps
MAX2990EVKITB# CENELEC B 95kHz to 120kHz 9.5Kbps
MAX2990EVKITC# CENELEC C 120kHz to 140kHz 7.7Kbps
MAX2990EVKITBC# CENELEC BC 95kHz to 140kHz 16Kbps
MAX2990EVKITF# FCC 150kHz to 480kHz 96Kbps
MAX2990EVKITR# ARIB 130kHz to 450kHz 93Kbps

Applications

  • Automatic Meter Reading
  • Building Automation
  • Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC)
  • Home Automation
  • Industrial Automation
  • Lighting Control
  • Remote Monitoring and Control
  • Security Systems/Keyless Entry
  • Sensor Control and Data Acquisition
  • Voice-Over-Powerline

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