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Microchip Smart Energy Technology

Not a chip, but a Platform.

Microchip addresses the needs of the smart energy market with application-specific, as well as standard microcontroller, microprocessor, security, memory, wireless and power-line connectivity devices. The application-specific portfolio is defined from the ground up to offer designers best-in-class feature sets and performance in various classes of equipment used in the smart grid.

Microchip Smart Metering Platform

Today’s smart meter architect demands various levels of integration depending on system architecture partitioning, project timelines, and the level of flexibility needed to address various utility and geographical requirements. The Microchip platform provides a unique multi-level architecture built around the same multi-core architecture as outlined below. Various devices integrate the building blocks of the smart meter, namely, Metrology sensing (ADC), Metrology DSP, application, communication, and security processing, as well as connectivity to home area and neighborhood area networks.

metering block diagram

The Microchip Advantage

Microchip is well-positioned to address various requirements of smart metering systems designers and engineers with a combination of discrete as well as highly-integrated system-on-chip solutions built around the same processing platforms. This will reduce time-to-market and enable unmatched level of flexibility in addressing new requirements.

  • Leading edge connectivity
    • Low power 802.15.4/4g wireless devices
    • Field proven, Low power PLC (PRIME)
  • Best-in-class Metrology
    • Dynamic range of up to 6000:1
  • Security and Encryption
    • Advanced security engines in system-on-chip-solutions
    • Microchip CryptoAuthentication™ devices offer robust security to safeguard networked metering applications
  • Integration & Flexibility
    • Flexible (SW or HW) metrology
    • Multi-standard Wireless and PLC solutions
  • Broad MCU portfolio & tool support
    • Large array of SAMD, SAM4 and SAMA5 solutions
    • Best-in-class tools from Microchip, IAR, Keil

Metering — Microchip's family of ICs for smart power meters feature the widest dynamic range in the industry as well as extremely high accuracy, helping to improve the performance of smart meters. The chips feature a dynamic range of 6000:1. This allows manufacturers to merge various types of meters currently available, such as 5(20)A, 10(40)A, 15(60)A and 20(80)A, into one standard model [5(100)A or 1(100)A]. Microchip ICs will simplify the manufacturing process and reducing overall bill of materials.

Power Line Communications — The Microchip family of system-on-a-chip PLC solutions is designed for narrow-band communications using the wall-voltage electric grid. Backed by our deep expertise in PLC modem technology and extensive collaboration with utilities and metering OEMs, we’ve created solutions with an unprecedented level of integration and performance.

Wireless Communications — Microchip transceivers deliver the best RF link budget with the industry’s lowest power consumption. What’s more, Microchip offers the most feature-rich IEEE 802.15.4-compliant transceiver family available. Our transceivers support both regional sub-1GHz frequencies, as well as the global 2.4GHz frequency bands.

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