Industrial Broadband Powerline Modem

Industry's First Automotive-/Industrial-Grade Powerline Modem

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The MAX2982 powerline transceiver utilizes state-of-the-art CMOS design techniques to deliver the highest level of performance, flexibility, and operational temperature range at reduced cost. This highly integrated design combines the media access control (MAC) and the Physical (PHY) layers in a single device. The MAX2982 digital baseband and its companion device, the MAX2981 analog front-end (AFE) with integrated line driver, offer a complete high-speed powerline communication solution fully compliant with HomePlug® 1.0 Powerline Alliance Specification.

The MAX2982 offers reliable broadband communication for industrial environments. The PHY layer comprises an 84-carrier OFDM modulation engine and forward error correcting (FEC) blocks. The OFDM engine can modulate the signals in one of four modes of operation: DBPSK, DQPSK (1/2 rate FEC), DQPSK (3/4 rate FEC), and ROBO. The MAX2982 offers -1dB SNR performance in ROBO mode, a robust mode of operation, to maintain communication over harsh industrial line conditions. Additionally, advanced narrow-band interference rejection circuitry provides immunity from jammer signals.

The MAX2982 offers extensive flexibility by integrating an ARM946E-S microprocessor allowing feature enhancement, worldwide regulatory compliance, and improved testability. Optional spectral shaping and notching profiles provide an unparalleled level of flexibility in system design. Additionally, the automatic channel adaptation and interference rejection features of the MAX2982 guarantee outstanding performance. Privacy is provided by a hard-macro DES encryption with key management.

The MAX2982 supports an IEEE® 802.3 standard Media Independent Interface (MII), Reduced Media Independent Interface (RMII), synchronous FIFO supporting a glue-free interface to microcontrollers, and 10/100 Ethernet MAC. These interfaces and standards compliance simplify configuration of monitoring and control networks. Fast response time and an integrated temperature sensor make the MAX2982 an excellent solution for real-time control over power lines. The MAX2982 operates over the -40°C to +105°C temperature range and is available in a 128-pin, lead-free, LQFP package. 
MAX2982: Typical Application Circuit MAX2982: Typical Application Circuit Enlarge+

Key Features

  • Single-Chip Powerline Networking Transceiver
  • HomePlug 1.0 Compliant
  • -40°C to +105°C Operating Temperature Range
  • Integrated Temperature Sensor
  • Up to 14Mbps Data Rate
  • Low-Rate Adaptation (LORA) Operation Option Provides -2dB SNR Performance at 500kbps
  • 4.49MHz to 20.7MHz Frequency Band
  • Flexible MAC/PHY
    • Field Upgradable Firmware Using TFTP
    • Spectral Shaping Including Bandwidth and Notching Capability
    • Programmable Preamble
    • 128kB Internal SRAM
  • Advanced Narrowband Interference Rejection Circuitry
  • 84-Carrier, OFDM-Based PHY
    • Automatic Channel Adaptation
    • FEC (Forward Error Correction)
    • DQPSK, DBPSK Modulation
    • Enhanced ROBO Mode with -1dB SNR
  • Large Bridge Table: Up to 512 Addresses
  • 56-Bit DES Encryption with Key Management for Secure Communication
  • On-Chip Communication Interfaces
    • UART
    • 10/100 Ethernet
    • MII/RMII
    • High-Speed Synchronous FIFO
  • AEC-Q100-REV-G Automotive Grade Qualification


  • Broadband Over Shared Coax/Copper Line
  • Building Automation
  • Industrial Automation
  • Motor Control
  • Remote Monitoring and Control

See parametric specs for Powerline Communications (7)

Part NumberFrequency BandData Rate
Security FeaturesInterfaceCompatibilityFunctionsPackage/PinsOper. Temp.
MAX2982 4.49MHz to 20.7MHz1456-DES Encryption and Key Management
10/100 Ethernet
Seamless Interface to Digital PHY ICs
USB 1.1
HomePlug® 1.0Broadband Modem
-40 to +105

Pricing Notes:
This pricing is BUDGETARY, for comparing similar parts. Prices are in U.S. dollars and subject to change. Quantity pricing may vary substantially and international prices may differ due to local duties, taxes, fees, and exchange rates. For volume-specific and version-specific prices and delivery, please see the price and availability page or contact an authorized distributor.

MAX2982EVKIT: Evaluation Kit for the MAX2982
Product Reliability Reports: MAX2982.pdf 
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Note : The failure rates are summarized by technology and mapped to the associated material part numbers. The failure rates are highly dependent on the number of units tested.

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