Channel emulation and performance test of PLC systems

Traditional quality evaluation of PLC equipment by connecting devices directly to a real-world powerline channel suffers from the lack of reproducibility due to the time-varying channel characteristics. A PLC emulator provides real-world behaviour of PLC channels. It can reproduce any typical channel condition at any time in a usual laboratory environment. Additional channel features can also be easily downloaded in milliseconds into the emulator. The emulator-based testing makes analysis and verifications easier and thus improves time-to-market for PLC equipment.

Research Objectives:

  • PLC channel measurement
  • FPGA-based channel emulation
  • Definition of reference channels
  • Performance, conformance and interoperability testing