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ST's smart meter IC eases interoperability

Posted: 01 Jul 2013     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:STMicroelectronics  METERS AND MORE  ST75MM  Power Line Communication  smart meter 

STMicroelectronics has uncloaked what it touts as the world’s first smart-meter IC with built-in support for the METERS AND MORE open communication standard. According to the company, it enables widespread interoperability among smart metering equipment using Power Line Communication (PLC) and aims to maximize smart-grid benefits for the environment, consumers and utility firms.

The ST75MM IC is the first to embed hardware and communication protocol support for METERS AND MORE, simplifying meter design to ultimately enable faster, lower-cost and reliable deployments, stated the company. Customers using the ST75MM can join the METERS AND MORE Association and achieve certification for their products to enable widespread use by utility companies.

ST implemented METERS AND MORE in its ST75MM IC to benefit from the protocol’s strong features for smart meter and advanced metering infrastructure applications such as short messages, robust encryption and authentication features, support for network configuration and management, and retransmission management. The ST75MM joins ST’s STarGRID SoC portfolio of smart-meter SoC devices, which also includes the ST7570 supporting IEC 61334-5-1 communication, and the ST7590, which implements the PRIME standard.

First samples of the ST75MM , in the 7 x 7mm QFN 48 package, will be available to selected customers by October 2013.





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