ZENO Flexible Narrowband OFDM Powerline Communication Modem with Integrated Analog Front End

A Single Hardware Platform for Your G3-PLC and PRIME PLC Solution

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ZENO™ (MAX79356) is a programmable narrowband orthogonal frequency division multiplexing (OFDM)-based powerline communication (PLC) modem system-on-chip (SoC) device that provides standards compliant high performance and secured powerline communication in a small package. ZENO integrates two pipelined 32-bit RISC (MAXQ®30E) processors to offer high performance and future-proof flexibility. These two 32-bit RISC processors perform dedicated PHY signal processing functions and MAC layer functionality. Maxim provided, certified firmware images allow faster time to market. Factory or infield firmware update feature allows adoption of changes and updates in PLC communication standards. The integrated high-speed AES-CCM* engine ensures standards compliant data communication security and integrity.

How to Use the MAX79356 G3-PLC Sniffer Kit

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Key Features

  • Supports All Standards and Frequency Bands to Reduce R&D Investment and Time to Market
    • G3-PLC Certified
    • Compliant with, G3-PLC, IEEE 1901.2, ITU G9903, PRIME
    • Supports Regulated Frequency Bands for Communication: CENELEC, FCC, ARIB
  • Accommodates Evolving Standards with Flexible System Architecture that Integrates Dual 32-Bit RISC Processors with 512KB Flash and 288KB RAM for MAC and PHY
    • Universal Firmware Supports Both PAN Coordinator and PAN Device Functionality
    • Programmable Frequency Notching
  • Efficient BOM for Building Competitive Modems
    • Supports All G3-PLC Bands with One SKU
    • Integrates MAC, OFDM PHY, and Analog Front End for Simplified Board Design
    • Single 16MHz Crystal Generates All Operating Clocks
    • UART Provides Simple Interface for Host Processor Communications
  • Low Power Consumption (typ)
    • 55mW in Listen Mode
    • 70mW in Active Mode
  • High-Sensitivity Receiver with Adaptive Gain Control Allows Communication with Low Signal-to-Noise Ratio
  • Integrated 128/256-bit AES and AES-CCM* Engine for Encryption/Decryption and Authentication


  • Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI)
  • AMI Concentrators
  • Electric Vehicle Charging
  • Factory and Building Automation
  • Home Energy Monitoring
  • Smart Grid Communications
  • Smart Meters
  • Solar and Renewable Energy Management
  • Street Lighting Automation and Lighting Control

See parametric specs for Powerline Communications (7)

Part NumberFrequency BandComplianceSecurity FeaturesInterfaceCompatibilityFunctionsPackage/PinsOper. Temp.
MAX79356 10kHz to 490kHz
128/256-bit AES EngineUART
Narrowband Modem SoC
-40 to +85

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.

MAX79356CAEVK1: Evaluation Kit for the MAX79356
MAX79356SNF: MAX79356 G3-PLC Sniffer Kit
Product Reliability Reports: MAX79356.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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