Atmel Corp. rolled out an expansion to its SMART portfolio of energy meter products with a new system-on-chip (SoC) product targeted at residential, commercial and industrial metering applications.
The SoC features a SAM4C32 dual-core along with 2MB of cache-enabled dual-bank flash to be pin-pin compatible with existing 512KB and 1MB devices in Atmel’s portfolio, specifically the SAM4CM32 and SAM4CMP32 microcontrollers. The SoC works to improve scalability and for design-reuse in next-generation smart metering platforms, Atmel said.
The dual-core 32-bit ARM Cortex-M4 architecture is the basis of Atmel’s SAM4C series of devices and meet WELMEC requirements for the separation of legal metrology, applications and communications. All of the Atmel devices include security features, low-power real-time clock and LCD drivers and multiple serial interfaces to achieve high performance and low bill of materials (BOM) cost.
"As the rate of smart meter deployments continue to rise in several European and Asian regions, our customers demand an unprecedented level of integration and scalability to maximize their R&D investment and to address multiple utility markets more quickly at lower cost points," said Kourosh Boutorabi, senior director of smart metering at Atmel, in a statement.