Teridian Enters Industrial Automation and Control Market with Precision Measurement Controller


Irvine, California – October 16, 2006 – Teridian Semiconductor Corp. today made its official entrance into the industrial automation and control market with the introduction of the 71M8100 Measurement Controller, optimized for industrial applications including process instrumentation, temperature and pressure sensors, weigh scale, medical instrumentation, data acquisition and programmable logic controller (PLC) applications.

"This move is a natural next step in our company’s evolution and builds on our leadership position in the power measurement and metering space that lies at the edge of the industrial automation and control market," said Steve McClure, vice president of marketing, Teridian Semiconductor. "Our ability to deliver intelligent and highly integrated devices at a competitive price point, such as the 71M8100, offers a much anticipated performance-to-cost optimization capability not currently available in this market."

The Teridian 71M8100 is a low-cost, mixed-signal SOC with a high-precision 22-bit sigma-delta ADC complemented by a single cycle execution 8051 compatible MCU and an independent 32-bit Compute Engine (CE) to perform various filtering, measurement and compensation functions depending on the target application. Data storage options include external EEPROM, on-chip FLASH, or RAM with battery backup support.

The 71M8100’s unique architecture provides designers with the option to direct connect, or select from a range of low-cost to high-performance commercial front-end amplifiers to meet specific accuracy requirements at various cost points. Maximum design flexibility is supported with 3 analog inputs, 2 UART ports, I2C serial control, 5V LCD charge pump, up to 12 DIO pins, an in-system programmable FLASH, real time clock (RTC), 64KB FLASH, internal 128 segment LCD driver, and a high precision voltage reference to enable high accuracy and low cost solutions in a highly integrated 64-pin LQFP package.

The Teridian 71M8100, together with the company’s 71M65xx Power Measurement, 71M6403 Electronic Trip Unit, and 78Q2133 Industrial Ethernet product families, provides one of the broadest selections of semiconductor products for today’s energy management and industrial automation applications.

Pricing and Availability

Teridian’s 71M8100 Measurement Controller is currently available in production volumes, and pricing starts at $3.95 in 25,000 unit quantities. Data sheets, 71M8100 evaluation kits, and a weigh scale reference design are also available now. For additional information, contact any Teridian sales representative, authorized worldwide distributor, or visit Teridian’s Web site at http://www.teridian.com/sales.

About Teridian Semiconductor

Teridian Semiconductor Corporation brings intelligence and integration to real-world designs. The company’s best-in-class analog and mixed-signal integrated circuits play a primary role in energy and automation, networking, and secure access applications. Teridian solutions can be found in smart card readers, VoIP gateways, set-top boxes, point-of-sale equipment, utility meters and factory floor automation across the globe, enabling customers to get to market quickly with advanced applications that are tailored to meet the specific needs of their target markets. For more information, visit http://www.teridian.com

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