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ST claims first IC supporting METERS AND MORE protocol

Posted: 28 Jun 2013 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:STMicroelectronics? smart meter? METERS AND MORE? infrastructure?

STMicroelectronics recently claimed the world's first smart-meter integrated circuit (IC) with built-in support for the METERS AND MORE open communication standard. The standard enables widespread interoperability among smart metering equipment using Power Line Communication (PLC) helping the maximisation of smart-grid benefits for the environment, consumers and utility companies.

The ST75MM IC is the first to embed hardware and communication protocol support for METERS AND MORE, simplifying meter design to enable faster, lower-cost and reliable deployments. The METERS AND MORE is an open specification managed by the METERS AND MORE not-for-profit Association comprising leading technology companies and utilities spanning the Americas, Europe and Asia.

"The ST75MM represents a concrete answer to the challenges associated with encouraging standardisation and interoperability, while assuring the adoption of a mature technology proven over millions of smart meters already in the field," said Giuseppe Michele Salaris, the Chairman of the Board of Directors at METERS AND MOREAssociation. "The world's energy businesses, from technology companies to utilities, should take advantage of this breakthrough using METERS AND MORE, an open and field proven standard, to meet important climate-saving objectives such as the EU's 20/20/20 goals."

Customers using the ST75MM can join the METERS AND MOREAssociation and achieve Certification for their products to enable widespread use by utility companies.

ST implemented METERS AND MOREin 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 system-on-chip 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 7x7mm QFN 48 package, will be available to selected customers by October 2013. For further information, including pricing, please contact your ST sales office.

Further information regarding the ST75MM can be found here.

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