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Microsemi joins the smart meter device fray

Posted: 29 Sep 2010 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:application? integrated circuit?

With major utilities all over the world moving towards smart meters and smart grids, power management companies are also scrambling to create devices that are more energy efficient or help consumers save electricity.

Microsemi Corp. has joined the fray as it launched the first in a line of devices for smart meters assembling all power-management functions into one application-specific integrated circuit. Designed by the company's Analog Mixed Signal Group for advanced metering and other smart grid applications, the CENTRON meter product line uses the OpenWay CENTRON smart meter. It is now used by Itron in its smart metering and smart grid applications.

Pike Research predicted that nealry $20 billion worth of smart meters will be shipped globally over the next five years. In North America and Europe, utilities are now replacing more than 45 percent of electricity meters with smart meters to reduce operational costs and to comply with strict government standards.

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