MB Silicon Systems has concluded a distribution agreement with Yitran Communications, a provider of cutting edge power line modem technology.
A fabless semiconductor company, Yitran designs, develops and markets high performance, low cost PLC modem chips and systems. Its products provide robust and reliable communication over existing electrical wiring to enable a variety of home automation as well as command and control applications, including energy management and conservation via remote meter reading and management (AMR/AMM/AMI), street light control and 'smart grid' applications. Yitran also provides an Internet distribution system for multidwelling units (MDU/MTU) including hotels and offices.
Yitran's list of customers and partners includes leading companies such as Renesas, Matsushita Electric Works, Hitachi, KEPCO, Kinden, LG and Microsoft. The HomePlug Alliance Command and Control industry standard is based on Yitran's IT800 transceiver technology.
Kobus Botes, managing director at MB Silicon Systems, said: "The agreement with Yitran is in line with our strategic intention of providing South African customers with innovative semiconductor solutions, backed by superior technical support."
He further noted that the current electricity supply crisis in South Africa necessitates innovative changes in meter reading and load control methodologies, and that Yitran's narrowband and broadband solutions will provide very reliable and robust communication solutions over the existing electrical wiring infrastructure, which can be used to address these challenges.
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