Semitech Semiconductor introduced their SM2101 FSK/BPSK based power line transceiver. The SM2101 is ideal for Advance Metering Infrastructure (AMI) and Automated Meter Reading (AMR) applications. The SM2101 is based on the SM6401. However, the SM2101 does not include embedded Flash and application microcontroller (MCU) to lower the cost for high volume PLC applications on low or medium voltage power line networks. The SM2101 is now sampling.
Microchip Technology introduced the 8-bit PIC18F87J72 microcontroller (MCU) family. The PIC18F87J72 microcontrollers feature a dual-channel 16-/24-bit Analog Front End (AFE), 64 or 128 KB Flash program memory, 4 KB RAM, LCD driver, hardware Real-Time Clock/Calendar (RTCC), and a Charge-Time Measurement Unit (CTMU). The new Microchip MCU devices are ideal for single-phase, multi-function smart-metering and energy-monitoring applications. The PIC18F87J72 is available now for $3.93 each in 10,000-unit quantities for 64 KB Flash program memory.
Semitech Semiconductor launched the SM2200 OFDMA (Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiple Access) based power line transceiver. The smart grid SM2200 includes a packet data modem with a simple physical layer protocol. When combined with a microcontroller (MCU), the chip is a cost effective solution for data links and point-to-point, star or ad hoc networks. The SM2200 IC is ideal for metering infrastructure and automated meter reading, street lighting control, smart energy home area networking, home automation, building automation, and other deployments requiring communications over an existing power line. The OFDMA power line communication transceiver is sampling now.
MatrikonOPC introduced the OPC Server for IEC 61850 protocol. The MatrikonOPC Server for IEC 61850 supports all IEC 61850 compliant devices. It enables users to integrate these devices to the other automation components in the enterprise such as HMIs, Historians, and ERP. The MatrikonOPC Server for IEC 61850 is ideal for smart grid applications. The MatrikonOPC Server for IEC 61850 is priced at $1,494 (USD).