US analog solutions company Maxim Integrated is today unveiling a new range of metering system on chips (SOCs) that aims to make it easier for metering manufacturers to compete in global markets.
The ZON family offer one common core that meets worldwide utility standards allowing developers to build a full range of products without changing firmware, Gregory Guez, Business Director, Energy Solutions at Maxim Integrated, told Metering.com.
Mr Guez said: "Meter manufacturers were telling us how aggressively competitive the market is and of the need to export meters to foreign countries in a short space of time.
"ZON SoCs save on development time as the same core can be used to meet utility and regional needs."
The ZON family is comprised of two series of products - M for mono-phase (single phase) and P for poly-phase (three phase) - that can be used for low-end, mid-range and high-end meters.
Both product series’ use the same, 32-bit compute engine, which is separate from the meter’s application microcontroller and reduces the workload on the system core, says Maxim. It also lets customers port their application code from device to device to facilitate high IP reuse.
The chips also include temperature compensated real-time clock touch sensors, and IR encoder/decoder.
Commenting on the sales focus for the products, Mr Guez said he expects to see strong interest from India, China, Eastern Europe as well as North and South America.
Maxim at European Utility Week
Maxim is displaying a wall of meters at European Utility Week in Amsterdam, from November 4-6 in hall A1, booth 1.E16.
The M1/M1L, M3, and P3/P3L products are available now at Maxim's website and select franchised distributors. More products are planned for the ZON family.