10. December 2009 · Comments Off on Atmel MCU devices target wireless applications: News from Atmel · Categories: News · Tags: , , , , , ,

Atmel has announced a range of AVR wireless microcontroller (MCU) devices targeting wireless applications such as Zigbee and IPv6/6LoWPAN.

… Atmel’s picopower technology offers ultra-low power consumption to enable longer battery life for wireless Zigbee applications, including smart energy, building automation, telecom and health care.

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24. August 2009 · Comments Off on Complete smart grid solution with Optisense Network optical sensors and primary measuring units based on TI technology · Categories: News · Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Providing utility companies with a reliable, accurate and energy-efficient smart grid solution for electricity line monitoring, Optisense Network, Inc. has selected Texas Instruments Incorporated’s (TI) (NYSE: TXN) embedded processing and analog technology as the preferred solution for its primary measuring units (PMU). TI’s TMS320C2000(TM) microcontroller and high-performance analog technology enables a complete monitoring solution that gives utilities real-time visibility of primary voltage lines. The PMU can be configured for primary metering, distribution automation, outage restoration, energy efficiency and power quality. The combination of Optisense’s optical sensors and PMUs provides utilities with greater grid security and reliability as well as increased visibility for faster power outage response. Additionally, utilities are able to realize optimized power flows that increase capacity and energy-efficiency, helping recover 25 percent of total load loss. For more information, please visit TI’s metering microsite at www.ti.com/metering and www.optisense.net.

“Our unique combination of Optical sensors and dual processors on a single chip provide power line measurements (voltage and current) in digital format, giving the processor flexibility for system wide grid reliability and efficiency,” said Yossi Harlev, CEO/CTO. “TI analog and embedded processing technology enables interface, actuation and power handling with reduced footprint and lower power consumption for a smooth transition from legacy systems to a complete smart grid solution.”

“With the integration of TI’s C2000(TM) MCU and analog technology, Optisense’s highly accurate smart grid solution can execute real-time measurement, analysis and control,” said Emmanuel Sambuis, general manager, metering business unit. “TI is committed to providing innovative solutions that enable developers to drive smarter grid solutions for improved accuracy and efficiency.”

TI’s broad portfolio drives smarter grid solutions

TI’s comprehensive utility metering portfolio includes devices targeted at electricity, water and gas metering, as well as power line communications (PLC) and radio frequency (RF) interfaces for advanced meter infrastructure (AMI) that allow customers to design smart grid solutions. From highly optimized application specific embedded processors, low power RF, high-performance analog, power management and RFID to dedicated software support for ZigBee, 6LoWPAN, WMBUS, OFDM and SFSK modulations, TI offers the most complete solution set for smart metering.

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