SOURCE: Semitech Semiconductor

Semitech Semiconductor

February 25, 2015 13:52 ET

Theobroma Systems Selects Semitech Power Line Communications to Deliver Flexible, Elegant Solution for Home Automation and Control

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA--(Marketwired - Feb 25, 2015) - Semitech Semiconductor, a provider of narrowband power line communication (N-PLC) solutions that enable the transformation of the electricity grid into a smart grid, today announced that its SM2400 N-PLC modem is being used in Theobroma Systems' new 'Platypus' family of products for home and industrial control, which will debut at Embedded World 2015 in Germany this week. The Platypus platform provides high-speed, flexible, reliable communication by integrating the SM2400 in a variety of form factors and devices -- addressing many market needs with a single solution. Typical applications include energy-aware 'smart' homes, bridging between N-PLC and other networks, pay stations and other industrial devices.

A multi-standard OFDM based PLC transceiver, Semitech's SM2400 combines cost effective design optimized for N-PLC applications with a high level of flexibility, programmability and power efficiency to address a multitude of communications schemes suited for a number of different applications and geographies.

"Energy management and control inside the home is an important concept that consumers are increasingly looking to implement, and Theobroma Systems is at the forefront of this trend," noted Zeev Collin, CEO of Semitech. "We are excited to partner with Theobroma Systems in enabling their innovative new platform and to be a part of their flexible, user- friendly designs."

"Platypus is a true platform-based approach that combines multiple form factors and devices into a unified networked solution," noted Dr. Philipp Tomsich, chief technology officer for Theobroma Systems. "We selected the SM2400 as the ideal communication backbone for our Platypus platform due to its flexibility and power efficiency. These attributes complement the flexibility of our entire solution, as the home and industrial control is a fragmented market for which there is no 'one-size-fits-all' answer. Semitech's state-of-the-art software system approach and the support that they offer make them an ideal technology partner."

A complete solution, Theobroma Systems' new platform includes three customizable devices that address various deployment scenarios:

  • A wall plug, which enables communication with the PLC network for almost any non-PLC device by providing a variety of interfaces, such as USB, UART, CAN, I2C, SPI.
  • A small form factor flush-mounted module that can be installed into a flush-mounted box and includes an integrated circuit breaker, enabling switching of connected appliances. It can be used for energy measurement and control.
  • A PLC modem device, which acts as a 'network adapter', enabling communication with the PLC network and providing power for a non-PLC device through a USB interface. The network adapter can connect to a PC or to a gateway device, such as Theobroma Systems' smart energy gateway.

Theobroma Systems' new platform is currently undergoing field trials and will be available for customer projects at the end of this quarter.

For more information about the Platypus platform, visit www.theobroma-systems.com or contact Alexander Travnicek (alexander.travnicek@theobroma-systems.com).

For more information about Semitech's SM2400, visit www.semitechsemi.com or contact sales@semitechsemi.com.

About Theobroma Systems

Theobroma Systems is a leading provider of embedded systems solutions. Key application areas for Theobroma Systems technologies and IP are in Smart Energy and Home Automation, Identification, and Secure Communication in e-health and industrial applications. The company's core competences are in designing turnkey solutions and providing embedded runtime environments -- i.e. hardware, OS components, drivers, and middleware -- for high-assurance applications.

Please visit www.theobroma-systems.com for more information.

About Semitech Semiconductor Pty.Ltd.

Semitech Semiconductor, headquartered in Melbourne, Australia with a subsidiary in Orange County, California, develops semiconductor devices that enable the transformation of the electricity grid into a smart grid. Semitech's devices are used in smart meters, solar systems, street light controllers and other industrial applications to implement a "no new wires" connected system that utilizes existing power lines and that is significantly more reliable and flexible than existing approaches, while retaining cost and power advantages.

For more information, please visit www.semitechsemi.com.

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