Freescale Semiconductor announced the MCF51EM256, MC9S08LH64, and MC9S08GW64 microcontroller (MCU) reference designs for electricity and flow meters. Freescale’s microcontrollers enable smart meters to be designed with tamper detection mechanisms and real time usage monitoring. Freescale’s MCF51EM256 device for single and three-phase electricity meters are available now for suggested resale pricing of $3.97 (USD) for quantities of 10,000 units. The MC9S08LH64 devices are available for suggested resale pricing of $2.79 (USD) for quantities of 10,000 units. General availability of the MC9S08GW64 products will be announced later this year.
Atmel launched the VaultIC family of security modules for applications including femtocells, smart meters, telehealth, USB token, and gaming platforms. The VaultIC460 security module provides a secure microcontroller with multiple interfaces and bundled firmware. The Atmel VaultIC family offers developers a banking-type security solution by embedding firmware, hardware, and complex cryptography into a module. VaultIC460 samples are available now in SOIC8 and QFN44 packages.