US semiconductor manufacturer Silicon Labs has won two awards in China’s microelectronics industry.

Silicon Labs picked up the gongs at the 2014 EDN China Innovation Awards Ceremony held in Shanghai late last month.

The awards were given to two of Silicon Labs solutions – the ARM-based microcontroller (MCU) technology and sub-GHz wireless connectivity solution for the Internet of Things (IoT) and smart metering markets.

The low-energy MCU technology powering Silicon Labs’ EFM32 Zero Gecko family won in the category of Innovation Excellence: Leading Technologies, while the Si4438 EZRadioPRO® wireless transceiver won recognition as the Best Smart Energy Solution in the 2013-2014 China Best IC and Electronic Products Solution Award-Winning Programme.

Smart meters processor

Based on the ARM Cortex-M0+ processor, EFM32 Zero Gecko MCUs are designed to achieve the lowest possible energy consumption for an array of battery-powered applications including smart meters, thermostats, security systems, wearables and other connected devices for the IoT.

Zero Gecko MCUs feature an energy management system with five energy modes enabling applications to remain in an energy-optimal state. The MCUs include an energy-saving feature called the Peripheral Reflex System (PRS) that significantly enhances energy efficiency by enabling different MCU peripherals to communicate autonomously without CPU intervention.

Zero Gecko MCUs are also the only Cortex-M0+ devices to integrate a programmable current digital-to-analog converter (IDAC) and a 128-bit AES encryption block.

China’s smart meters market

Silicon Labs engineered the Si4438 EZRadioPRO wireless transceiver to meet the performance, energy efficiency, cost and regulatory requirements of the smart metering market in China. Featuring an efficient on-chip power amplifier, the Si4438 provides extended range and robust communication links for smart metering by leveraging best-in-class specifications in transmit output power, sensitivity and link budget.

The Si4438 is the most energy-efficient sub-GHz wireless transceiver available for smart metering applications, offering sleep/standby current that is 40 times lower than competing transceiver products.

Electronics industry awards

The annual awards program is administered by the Microelectronics Development Center, China Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT), and organized by China ECNet (ECCN.com), China Electronics Purchasing Association (CEPA) and Global Electronics China Magazine (GEC).

Winners are chosen by a panel of industry experts and registered online users of ECCN.com. With more than 630,000 registered members, ECCN is a leading Internet portal for China’s electronics industry.