First single chip solution for smart grids launched


Federico Arcelli,
CEO, Accent
Milan, Italy and San Jose, CA, U.S.A. — (METERING.COM — May 6, 2010 – Fabless chip provider Accent has launched the first clean tech single system-on-chip (SoC) platform for the smart grid, ASMgrid™.

Pre-integrating the functionality typically found in five semiconductor devices in a single chip, ASMgrid incorporates unprecedented wireless and communications technology breadth for single chip solutions enabling a new class of performance for emerging smart meter and home area network (HAN) end-products, says Accent in a statement.

This guarantees IC part reduction from electric meters to in-home displays and up to a 50 percent IC BOM saving. Moreover, with the ASMgrid’s modularity, customers can pick and choose the configuration that maximizes their end-product differentiation, whether on cost, performance, feature set, or all of the above, with mass production in as little as 3-6 months.

“Until now, smart meters and smart appliances have required numerous ICs resulting in high product costs that would slow mass adoption,” said Federico Arcelli, CEO of Accent. “With ASMgrid, we are able to significantly reduce development cost, time, and risk associated with silicon design, enabling a wider range of equipment manufacturers to enjoy the full benefits of silicon integration.”

For those requiring a full featured ASMgrid configuration and quickest time to market at lowest development cost, Accent offers the ASMgrid1.0 reference silicon, which implements a full feature platform configuration. The single chip device integrates an 802.15.4 modem and radio (ZigBee Pro), powerline modem, ARM Cortex™-M3 processor, LCD controller, and 384 KB Flash. Alternatively, customers can specify unique configurations with production in a fraction of time and cost when compared to a custom silicon approach.

ASMgrid includes a complete development environment and turnkey software package including respective protocol stacks, drivers, and reference application code for out-of-the-box system development.