TMCNet:  Innovative Smart-Meter Device from STMicroelectronics Simplifies Interoperability, Enabling Massive Roll-Outs by Utilities

[June 26, 2013]

Innovative Smart-Meter Device from STMicroelectronics Simplifies Interoperability, Enabling Massive Roll-Outs by Utilities

(Thomson Reuters ONE Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) World's first system-on-chip with turn-key hardware supporting METERS AND MORE(®)open communication standard enables broad smart-meter deployment Geneva, June 26, 2013 - STMicroelectronics (NYSE: STM), a global semiconductor leader serving customers across the spectrum of electronics applications, has announced the world's first smart-meter integrated circuit (IC) with built-in support for the METERS AND MORE[1] open communication standard, which enables widespread interoperability among smart metering equipment using Power Line Communication (PLC). This will help to maximize smart-grid benefits for the environment, consumers and utility companies.


ST's ST75MM IC is the first to embed hardware and communication protocol support for METERS AND MORE(®), simplifying meter design to ultimately enable faster, lower-cost and reliable deployments. The METERS AND MORE(®) is an open specification managed by the METERS AND MORE(®) not-for-profit Association comprising leading technology companies and utilities spanning the Americas, Europe and Asia.

"The ST75MM represents a concrete answer to the challenges associated with encouraging standardization and interoperability, while assuring the adoption of a mature technology proven over millions of smart meters already in the field," said Giuseppe Michele Salaris, the Chairman of the Board of Directors at METERS AND MORE(®)Association. "The world's energy businesses, from technology companies to utilities, should take advantage of this breakthrough using METERS AND MORE(®), an open and field proven standard, to meet important climate-saving objectives such as the EU's 20/20/20 goals[2]." Customers using the ST75MM can join the METERS AND MORE(®)Association and achieve Certification for their products to enable widespread use by utility companies.

ST implemented METERS AND MORE(®)in its ST75MM IC to benefit from the protocol's strong features for smart meter and Advanced Metering Infrastructure applications, such as short messages, robust encryption and authentication features, support for network configuration and management, and retransmission management. The ST75MM joins ST's STarGRID(®) SoC portfolio of smart-meter system-on-chip devices, which also includes the ST7570 supporting IEC 61334-5-1 communication, and the ST7590, which implements the PRIME standard.

First samples of the ST75MM, in the 7x7mm QFN 48 package, will be available to selected customers by October 2013. For further information, including pricing, please contact your ST sales office.

About STMicroelectronics ST is a global leader in the semiconductor market serving customers across the spectrum of sense and power and automotive products and embedded processing solutions. From energy management and savings to trust and data security, from healthcare and wellness to smart consumer devices, in the home, car and office, at work and at play, ST is found everywhere microelectronics make a positive and innovative contribution to people's life. By getting more from technology to get more from life, ST stands for life.augmented.

In 2012, the Company's net revenues were $8.49 billion. Further information on ST can be found at www.st.com.

About METERS AND MORE(®) Association METERS AND MORE(®) is an international not-for-profit association founded in 2010 and governed by Belgian Law (Association Internationale sans but lucratif - AISBL). The Association maintains and promotes the METERS AND MORE(®)PLC protocol, the most widespread open communication protocol for remote meter management, which enables bidirectional data transfer in an advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) system.  METERS AND MORE(®) derives from the protocol already proven in Enel's Telegestore AMI solution, serving over 40 million customers worldwide.

The METERS AND MORE(® )open protocol is currently being deployed by Enel's Spanish subsidiary Endesa, which is, together with its Parent Company Enel, one of the founding members of the Association. Endesa is leading smart metering activities in Spain with its ongoing mass rollout project of 13 million smart meters, representing the largest ongoing smart metering rollout in Europe.

Furthermore, METERS AND MORE(® )technology is already being implemented in several smart metering pilots all over the world (Brazil, Chile, China, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Philippines, etc.) proving its capability to perform at the best even in the most severe and challenging LV network conditions. Further information can be found at www.metersandmore.eu.

For Press Information Contact: STMicroelectronics Michael Markowitz Director Technical Media Relations +1 781 591 0354 michael.markowitz@st.com -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- [1] METERS AND MORE(®) Protected under EU Registration Number 8904311.

[2] 20/20/20 describes the EU's objective to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 20%, satisfy 20% of energy requirements using renewable sources, and reduce primary energy use by 20%, before the year 2020.

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