Norwood, MA, U.S.A. — (METERING.COM) — October 19, 2006 – Analog Devices Inc., provider of high-performance semiconductors for signal processing applications, is introducing two families of single-chip energy meter ICs that combine intelligent battery management and the company’s signal processing technology to address the need of the world’s electricity markets for feature-rich, reliable meters.
Solid-state, failure-resistant energy meters are replacing aging electromechanical systems by providing consistently dependable measurement, as well as new functions like remote meter reading. ADI’s new ADE7100 and ADE7500 energy meter SoC (system-on-chip) families include devices with intelligent battery modes that allow the meters to maintain the time, sense temperature changes, run the LCD readout, and perform other critical system functions while using at least 40 per cent less power.
Based on Analog Devices’ ADE energy measurement core, which has been designed into more than 175 million energy meters worldwide, the highly-integrated SoC devices perform functions previously requiring as many as six discrete ICs. The result is a high quality cost-effective solution that is less susceptible to system failures and enables advanced services like remote meter reading, time-of-use billing – which requires power companies to measure energy consumption according to hourly use – and load shedding.