Zeus – complete smart meter system-on-chip from Maxim Integrated


San Jose, CA, U.S.A. — (METERING.COM) — October 9, 2012 – Zeus, a complete smart-meter system-on-a-chip (SoC) that offers highly accurate metrology, multiple layers of security, and plenty of processing horsepower for today’s advanced communication protocols, has been introduced by Maxim Integrated Products, Inc.

Zeus provides meter manufacturers with a platform for development in multiple end markets, supporting a wide range of security and communication requirements. A built-in cryptographic module secures communication, a secure bootloader prevents unauthorized firmware modification, and tamper detection assures providers that any attempts to physically attack the meter will be detected, recorded, and reported.

Key advantages include:

  • Superior metering accuracy, with multiple ADC channels each running at 10 ksps, offering 0.1 percent accuracy over a 5,000:1 dynamic range
  • Future proof to support tomorrow’s applications, with a 120 MHz ARM® Cortex M3 application processor and a 40 MHz, 32-bit MAXQ30 microcontroller with DSP support for the metering function
  • Multicore architecture supports WELMEC separation of legally relevant and irrelevant functions to ease validation.

“Zeus is the answer for a complete smart meter SoC,” said Kris Ardis, business director for smart grid products at Maxim Integrated. “By combining metrology, security and communication, we provide a platform for any embedded smart grid equipment that needs to measure, to communicate, and to do it securely.”

The Zeus platform includes the MAX71616, MAX71617, MAX71636, and MAX71637.

Maxim will be previewing the Zeus platform at Metering, Billing/CRM Europe 2012 in Amsterdam, October 9- 11.