STMicroelectronics Brings Smart-Grid Benefits to Life with Industry's First Smart-Meter System-on-Chip
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Unprecedented integration and programmable flexibility cut smart-grid deployment
and ownership costs for utilities
Geneva, October 15, 2013 - STMicroelectronics (NYSE: STM), a global
semiconductor leader serving customers across the spectrum of electronics
applications, has revealed the industry's first complete smart-meter System-on-
Chip (SoC) that combines precision metering with flexible, programmable
processing and PLC (Power-Line Communication) subsystems along with advanced
security in a single device.
The STCOMET10 SoC delivers unprecedented integration, leveraging ST's expertise
in PLC and smart-meter ICs gained over 20 years and via more than 90 million
devices delivered. OEMs can use this unique future-proof platform to simplify
smart-meter design, reduce time-to-market, and significantly reduce component
count and bill-of-materials costs.
ST has worked closely with utility companies and meter manufacturers to develop
the STCOMET10 SoC, which already has a major role in the €27 million SOGRID
project in France to develop a comprehensive communication system supporting
Leveraging a unique modular and integrated mixed-signal design, the STCOMET10
offers the highest system flexibility and programmability along with the highest
performance for specialized smart-metering functions in a single chip.
"As an extremely cost-effective and flexible smart-meter solution, STCOMET10 has
a key role in realizing the advantages of the smart grid, including real-time
control and adaptability of the grid, integration of decentralized generation
from renewable energy sources, and support for multiple communication
standards," said Matteo Lo Presti, Group Vice President and General Manager,
Industrial and Power Conversion Division, STMicroelectronics. "Globally there is
scope for over 1.7 billion communicating devices connected to the smart grid.
STCOMET10 greatly increases the prospects for interoperability among these
devices promoting more efficient utilization of energy resources."
The STCOMET10 SoC features a dedicated fully programmable PLC signal-processing
engine for multi-protocol management, a state-of-the-art ARM(®) Cortex(TM)-M4
based application-processing subsystem with program Flash and RAM, a high-
accuracy 3-channel analog and digital metering front-end, and security engine.
In particular, the smart-meter SoC supports important PLC protocols such as
METERS AND MORE(®), G3-PLC(®), IEEE 1901.2 and PRIME(®). Its flexibility and
broad protocol support allow worldwide deployment and remote reconfiguration to
support new protocols in the future, minimizing lifetime ownership costs for
The metering subsystem exceeds Class 0.2 meter requirements, combining three
high-accuracy 24-bit A-to-D converters, integrated filters, and a configurable
hardwired DSP for energy calculations. The integrated PLC engine supports output
signals up to 28V peak-to-peak and has extended bandwidth of up to 500kHz, while
the dedicated security engine supports state-of-the-art cryptography and
multiple security modes for privacy and anti-hacking protection, enhancing the
STCOMET10 SoC in a 20mm x 20mm x 1mm TQFP package is available for selected
customers now, with production quantities available beginning of 2014. Please
contact your local ST sales office for pricing and sample requests.
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.
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