HD-PLC Included in NIST SGIP Smart Grid Standards

              HD-PLC Included in NIST SGIP Smart Grid Standards

Kawasaki Microelectronics HD-PLC chips are the first PLC devices that support
the IEEE 1901 coexistence protocols

PR Newswire

SAN JOSE, Calif., March 6, 2013

SAN JOSE, Calif., March 6, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Kawasaki Microelectronics
today announced that it is first in supporting the IEEE 1901 coexistence
protocols that were recently announced by the HD-PLC Alliance. The alliance
announced that its Broadband Powerline Communication Technology called HD-PLC
IEEE 1901 was approved for inclusion in the NIST Smart Grid Interoperability
Panel (SGIP) Catalog of Standards in the United States.

The U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) initiated the
public/private partnership SGIP to coordinate the development of standards for
the Smart Grid. The SGIP produces and maintains a Catalog of Standards that
are relevant for the development and deployment of a robust, interoperable,
and secure Smart Grid.

Standards Highlights

  oHarmonization of power line communication standards identified as SGIP
    Priority Action Plan 15 (PAP15)
  oSGIP approved inclusion of the IEEE 1901 standard PHY and MAC
    specification for Broadband Powerline Communication and inclusion of NIST
    IR 7862 (recommends that all PLC devices implement and activate the
    "coexistence protocol" defined in IEEE 1901 and ITU-T G.9972)
  oHD-PLC Alliance provided certification service for coexistence
    specification Inter-System Protocol (ISP), which is mandatory in the IEEE
    1901 standard
  oCoexistence protocol also approved as ITU-T G.9972 in June, 2010
  oCoexistence requirement of NIST IR 7862, the PLC products used in energy
    management systems and the consumer PLC products connected on the same
    Powerline, will not interfere with one another, and will provide secure
  oHD-PLC IEEE 1901 technology was adopted in the TTC report TR-1043 standard
    guidelines developed by the Smart House Study Group organized under the
    Japan Smart Community Alliance (JSCA) 

"We are proud that HD-PLC has been standardized by the IEEE as a worldwide
B-PLC technology," said Koichi Akeyama, president of Kawaski Microelectronics.
"We believe that harmonization among all PLC technologies is key in achieving
coexistence, effectiveness and power savings. Energy conservation is good for
the people, beneficial to the economy, and crucial for the environment of our

Links to Smart Grid information

  NIST Smart Grid Home Page

  Smart Grid Interoperability Panel Home Page

  NIST PAP15 Home Page

  HD-PLC Home Page

Previous Press Releases

  K-micro to Sample IEEE 1901 Compliant, Single Chip HD-PLC for 240Mbps
  High-Speed Power Line Communications

  K-micro to sample world's first IEEE 1901 fully compliant power line
  communication LSI chip set

  HD-PLC Alliance Certifies Powerline Network Products Complying to Recently
  Ratified IEEE 1901 Standard

  K-micro initiates development of IEEE 1901 compliant PLC LSI

About HD-PLC
The HD-PLC Alliance fosters the deployment of HD-PLC technology, an
eco-friendly designed and international standards compliant powerline
The HD-PLC Alliance proposes a global certification program for the IEEE 1901
Standard and IEEE/ITU Coexistence recommended by U.S. NIST SGIP. HD-PLC
coexistence certification documents are open not only for alliance members but
also for nonmembers and other organizations. For additional information,
please visit http://www.hd-plc.org.

About K-micro (Kawasaki Microelectronics America, Inc. a subsidiary of
MegaChips Corporation of Japan)
K-micro's innovative ASIC technologies and world-class design support are used
in the consumer electronics, computer, office-automation, networking and
storage markets. The company is an active participant in industry standards
organizations, including PCI Special Interest Group (PCI-SIG), USB
Implementers Forum, Universal Plug and Play Forum (UPnP), Serial ATA
International Organization SATA-IO, Home Phoneline Networking Alliance
(HomePNA), IEEE 1901, IEEE 2030, International Telecommunication Union (ITU),
HomeGrid Forum, Video Electronics Standards Association (VESA), High
Definition Power Line Communications (HD-PLC), and OCP International
Partnership (OCP-IP). K-micro has design centers in San Jose, Taipei, and
Tokyo. For more information, contact the company at 408-570-0555, or visit

About MegaChips
MegaChips Corporation of Japan (1st section of the TSE: 6875) was established
in 1990 as an innovative fabless company dedicated to system LSIs with the
goal of integrating LSIs and systems knowledge. Their focus is on the
development of cutting-edge system LSIs and systems products incorporating
original algorithms and architecture in the areas of imaging, audio, and
communications, and using the advances they achieve to offer outstanding
products and solutions that meet the needs of their clients. For additional
information, please visit: http://www.megachips.co.jp/english/index.html

SOURCE Kawasaki Microelectronics

Website: http://www.k-micro.us
Website: http://www.megachips.co.jp/english/index.html
Contact: Sacha Arts, Slider & Associates, +1-408-356-3099,
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