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[January 09, 2013]

Research and Markets Adds Report: Power Line Communication (PLC) Systems Market - Global Assessment & Forecast-(2013-2018)

Jan 09, 2013 (Close-Up Media via COMTEX) -- Research and Markets has announced the addition of the "Power Line Communication (PLC) Systems Market - Global Assessment & Forecast-(2013-2018)" report to its offerings.

In a release, Research and Markets noted that report highlights include: Power line communication (PLC) is a technology that enables sending communication data over electric power cables. Power line communication is used at different frequency bands depending on signal transmission characteristics of the power wiring and the application for which it is being used. PLC's areas of application are across voltage ranges in both - power transmission and distribution. In this regard, the utilities are favoring implementation of the PLC systems in their substation automation projects. In addition to this, the medium and low voltages area of application is seeing an uptrend with respect to adoption of PLC solution as cost-effective and, in turn, favorable. Typical application in medium voltage range is smart grid and in low voltage is home automation and networking. PLC has its advantages and disadvantages in the different environments it is used in, but the fact that it does not require any external wiring infrastructure keeps pushing it to the forefront.


Apart from these applications in smart grids, home networking, and M2M communications in the Neighborhood area network (NAN) and Home area network (HAN), PLC also has a few niche long-haul applications in areas like irrigation, internal automobile communication, railroad and transport applications, etc.

The global PLC revenue market is expected to grow from $2.94 billion in 2013 to $7.10 billion in 2018 at a CAGR of 19.3 percent. In terms of revenue, the broadband market is larger than the narrowband market with a split of 60-40 favoring broadband in 2012. This is mainly because B-PLC is a high revenue market while N-PLC is a high volume market. The global PLC unit shipment market is expected to grow from 38.90 million units in 2013 to 417.16 million units in 2018 at a CAGR of 60.7 percent. The market for N-PLC shipments is larger than that of B-PLC. The reason behind this is that the average selling price (ASP) of a narrowband PLC system is lesser than that of a B-PLC system.

Some of narrowband players are Cypress Semiconductor Corp. (U.S.), Maxim Integrated Products, Inc. (U.S.), Echelon Corp. (U.S.), STMicroelectronics N.V (Switzerland), etc. Companies involved in this space include Qualcomm-Atheros (U.S.), Sigma Designs, Inc. (U.S.), Marvell Technology Group Ltd. (Bermuda), Broadcom Corp. (U.S.), etc.

Companies Mentioned - ABB - ALCATEL-LUCENT - ALLIANDER - AMPERION, INC.

- ARIANE CONTROLS, INC.

- ATMEL CORPORATION - BILLION ELECTRIC CO. LTD.

- BROADCOM CORPORATION - CYPRESS SEMICONDUCTOR CORPORATION - D-LINK - ECHELON CORPORATION.

- FUJITSU SEMICONDUCTOR LTD.

- LANTIQ - MARVELL TECHNOLOGY GROUP - MAVEN SYSTEMS PVT. LTD.

- MAXIM INTEGRATED - MICROCHIP TECHNOLOGY, INC.

- NXP SEMICONDUCTORS - POWERCOM LTD.

- POWER PLUS COMMUNICATIONS AG - QUALCOMM ATHEROS, INC.

- SEMITECH SEMICONDUCTOR - SIGMA DESIGNS, INC.

- ST&T COPRPORATION.

- STMICROELECTRONICS N.V - TEXAS INSTRUMENTS, INC.

- TP-LINK TECHNOLOGIES CO. LTD.

- YITRAN Report information: http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/86jct3/power_line ((Comments on this story may be sent to newsdesk@closeupmedia.com))

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