Patent Number: 8,089,176

Title: Communication system and communication apparatus

Abstract: Disclosed herein is a communication system including: at least one power line communication apparatus connected via a general power line for supplying a commercial alternate current power; a communication terminal having a modem for power line communication, and a plurality of first coils having different directivities; and a coupling apparatus, connected to a power line, having a filter for attenuating an alternate current component of the power line, and a second coil arranged after the filter; wherein the communication terminal executes mutual communication with any of the power line communication apparatus connected via the general power line through proximity communication based on an electromagnetic coupling action that is generated between the plurality of first coils and the second coil when the communication terminal is brought to the proximity of a coupling surface of the coupling apparatus.

Inventors: Sasaki; Kazuji (Kanagawa, JP), Sugita; Takehiro (Kanagawa, JP), Fukuda; Kunio (Tokyo, JP)

Assignee: Sony Corporation

International Classification: H02J 1/00 (20060101); H04B 3/54 (20060101); H02J 3/00 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 2020-01-03 0:00:00