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Slovenian electricity meter manufacturer Iskraemeco and US semiconductor maker EnVerv have joined forces to make a multi-standard smart meter for residential, commercial and industrial users.

The meters will be fitted with EnVerv’s EV8000 power-line communications (PLC) modem system-on-chip (SoC), which serves as a multi-protocol, multi-band communications engine supporting legacy G1 S-FSK and the new OFDM-based G3-PLC standards.

Markus Guebeli, chief technology officer at Iskraemeco, said: “EnVerv’s ability to service multiple protocols in their modem enables us to offer our existing G1 customers with advanced metering infrastructure meters the latest version of the G3-PLC standard, thus future-proofing meter installations and eliminating the need for future truck rolls and consumer disruptions which significantly reduce our customers’ capital and operational expenses.”

The EV8000 is a single-chip PLC SoC that includes modem functionality from the power line to the network layer and has programmable frequency bands, covering CENELEC-A, FCC and ARIB bands without the need for chip or module hardware changes.

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