Innovative Smart-Meter Device from STMicroelectronics Simplifies Interoperability, Enabling Massive Roll-Outs by Utilities
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World's first system-on-chip with turn-key hardware supporting METERS AND
MORE(®)open communication standard enables broad smart-meter deployment
Geneva, June 26, 2013 - STMicroelectronics (NYSE: STM), a global semiconductor
leader serving customers across the spectrum of electronics applications, has
announced the world's first smart-meter integrated circuit (IC) with built-in
support for the METERS AND MORE open communication standard, which enables
widespread interoperability among smart metering equipment using Power Line
Communication (PLC). This will help to maximize smart-grid benefits for the
environment, consumers and utility companies.
ST's 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. 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 standardization 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 MORE(®)Association. "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 MORE(®)Association and
achieve Certification for their products to enable widespread use by utility
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
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.
ST is a global leader in the semiconductor market serving customers across the
spectrum of sense and power and automotive products and embedded processing
solutions. From energy management and savings to trust and data security, from
healthcare and wellness to smart consumer devices, in the home, car and office,
at work and at play, ST is found everywhere microelectronics make a positive and
innovative contribution to people's life. By getting more from technology to get
more from life, ST stands for life.augmented.
In 2012, the Company's net revenues were $8.49 billion. Further information on
ST can be found at www.st.com.
About METERS AND MORE(®) Association
METERS AND MORE(®) is an international not-for-profit association founded in
2010 and governed by Belgian Law (Association Internationale sans but lucratif -
AISBL). The Association maintains and promotes the METERS AND MORE(®)PLC
protocol, the most widespread open communication protocol for remote meter
management, which enables bidirectional data transfer in an advanced metering
infrastructure (AMI) system. METERS AND MORE(®) derives from the protocol
already proven in Enel's Telegestore AMI solution, serving over 40 million
The METERS AND MORE(® )open protocol is currently being deployed by Enel's
Spanish subsidiary Endesa, which is, together with its Parent Company Enel, one
of the founding members of the Association. Endesa is leading smart metering
activities in Spain with its ongoing mass rollout project of 13 million smart
meters, representing the largest ongoing smart metering rollout in Europe.
Furthermore, METERS AND MORE(® )technology is already being implemented in
several smart metering pilots all over the world (Brazil, Chile, China, Hong
Kong, India, Japan, Philippines, etc.) proving its capability to perform at the
best even in the most severe and challenging LV network conditions. Further
information can be found at www.metersandmore.eu.
For Press Information Contact:
Director Technical Media Relations
+1 781 591 0354
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 20/20/20 describes the EU's objective to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by
20%, satisfy 20% of energy requirements using renewable sources, and reduce
primary energy use by 20%, before the year 2020.
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