Panasonic Corporation has begun licensing the HD- PLCTM 4*1 IP core required for the design of semiconductors with technologies and functions that comply with the IEEE 1901–2020*2 international standard. As the fourth generation of the HD-PLC series, this IP core will expand the scope of HD-PLC’s deployment beyond the traditional focus of power lines to existing metal wires, such as control lines and coaxial cables. This new HD-PLC technology also enables higher speeds, greater distance, and less wiring for wired communications.

This IP core enables semiconductor and peripheral equipment manufacturers to flexibly meet a range of IoT service requirements and manufacture products that respond to these needs.

As a wide range of equipment in society becomes digitalized and connected to internet, communication technology is becoming increasingly important. While the development of wireless technologies such as 5G and high-speed fiber optic internet gains pace, the use of existing metal wires plays an important role as a communication medium within the building walls and ceilings and underground facilities and equipment where wireless access is difficult. This IP core is a solution that can quickly meet the requirements of the era of IoT, such as higher-speed networks, enhanced security, and internet protocol networks. In addition, by integrating with wireless and other technologies, this IP core can help create optimal networks in a range of environments, from living spaces to social infrastructure.

Using its experience and achievements with the HD-PLC 3 IP core, which is currently used widely in the market, Panasonic will provide one-stop development support to users, along with the licensing of this new IP core, including proposals for analog front-end circuitry — key to the mounting of semiconductors. Further, Panasonic will aim to expand the adoption of IoT PLC, as a high-speed wired communication solution using this technology, to large-scale networks that cover not only living spaces but also social infrastructure such as buildings, factories, smart cities, and smart building.