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Texas Instruments AFE031

Powerline Communications Analog Front-End

Overview

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IC revisionD

Description

The AFE031 is a low-cost, integrated, powerline communications (PLC) analog front-end (AFE) device that is capable of capacitive- or transformer-coupled connections to the powerline while under the control of a DSP or microcontroller. It is ideal for driving low-impedance lines that require up to 1.5 A into reactive loads. The integrated receiver is able to detect signals down to 20 µVRMS and is capable of a wide range of gain options to adapt to varying inputsignal conditions. This monolithic integrated circuit provides high reliability in demanding powerline communications applications.The AFE031 transmit power amplifier operates from a single supply in the range of 7 V to 24 V. At maximum output current, a wide output swing provides a 12-VPP (IOUT = 1.5 A) capability with a nominal 15-V supply. The analog and digital signal processing circuitry operates from a single 3.3-V power supply.

The AFE031 is internally protected against overtemperature and short-circuit conditions. It also provides an adjustable current limit. An interrupt output is provided that indicates both current limit and thermal limit. There is also a shutdown pin that can be used to quickly put the device into its lowest power state. Through the four-wire serial peripheral interface, or SPI™, each functional block can be enabled or disabled to optimize power dissipation.

The AFE031 is housed in a thermally-enhanced, surface-mount PowerPAD package (QFN-48). Operation is specified over the extended industrial junction temperature range of –40°C to +125°C.

Features

  • Integrated Powerline Driver with Thermal and Overcurrent ProtectionConforms to EN50065-1
  • PRIME Certified
  • Large Output Swing: 12 VPP at 1.5 A(15-V Supply)
  • Low Power Consumption:15 mW (Receive Mode)
  • Programmable Tx and Rx Filters
  • Supports EN50065 CENELEC Bands A, B, C, D
  • Supports FSK, S-FSK, and OFDM
  • Supports PRIME, G3, IEC 61334
  • Receive Sensitivity: 20 µVRMS, Typical
  • Programmable Tx and Rx Gain Control
  • Four-Wire Serial Peripheral Interface
  • Two Integrated Zero Crossing Detectors
  • Two-Wire Transceiver Buffer
  • 48-Pin QFN PowerPAD™ Package
  • Extended Junction Temperature Range:–40°C to +125°C

Typical applications

  • Lighting
  • eMetering
  • Solar
  • Pilot Wire

Products

Order Code Data­sheet Downloads Product seriesL1
(µH)
NLINE:NDEVICEVT
(V (AC))
Type of InsulationL
(mm)
W
(mm)
H
(mm)
Mount Samples
750510505
STE LTS IGS WRLMID-PLC Narrowband PLC Coupling Transformer 870 1:1 4000 Reinforced 13.72 20.45 10.16 THT
Order Code Data­sheet
750510505
Samples
Order Code Data­sheet Downloads Product seriesL1
(µH)
NLINE:NDEVICEVT
(V (AC))
Type of InsulationL
(mm)
W
(mm)
H
(mm)
Mount Samples