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Communications

Smart meters utilize a wide range of connectivity options from the meter back to the utility or connecting to the home area network (HAN). Microchip provides 3 families of radios to meet the needs of mainstream electric meters. The 802.15.4 and sub-GHz are available as standalone chips for cost and form factor optimization while all 3 families are available as agency certified modules for quicker and simpler design cycles. Industry standard software for ZigBee® Smart Energy Profile (SEP), WiFi®, and TCP/IP is available in source code form. Microchip’s MiWi protocol is a light weight mesh or peer to peer solution for sub-GHz and 802.15.4 networks.

Feature

  • Power Line Modem
    • BPSK
    • CENLEC utility and consumer band
    • Any AC line ranging from 0-220 VAC at 50 or 60 Hz
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  • Sub-GHz modules
    • MiWi Networking protocol is supported
    • Modules are FCC / ETSI / IC certified
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  • Free TCP/IP stack
    • Wi-Fi FCC / ETSI / IC certified modules
    • IEEE 802.11b (WiFi™)
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  • ZigBee™ Smart Energy Profile Suite
    • FCC / ETSI / IC certified modules
    • IEEE 802.15.4 (ZigBee™)

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