Ripple-based power-line communication in switching DC-DC converters exploiting switching frequency modulation

Nicola Bertoni, Stefano Bocchi, Mauro Mangia, Fabio Pareschi, Riccardo Rovatti, Gianluca Setti

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Abstract

Power-Line Communication (PLC) systems represent a very interesting opportunity for introducing low-cost communication capabilities over already existing power-line wires. In this paper we introduce a PLC technique that can be applied to systems with a DC power bus that employ a switching power converter as main power supply unit. The proposed technique is extremely simple to be implemented, and requires only minor modifications on the main switching converter. As a proof of this, we are capable to implement the proposed PLC in a system composed by commercial DC-DC converter boards without any circuital modification to the boards themselves. Measurements on this test system show the capability to communicate up to about 80 kbit/s with a bit error rate so low as 10-5.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings - IEEE International Symposium on Circuits and Systems
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages209-212
Number of pages4
ISBN (Print)9781479983919
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 27 2015
Externally publishedYes

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