Single-Phase Energy-Measurement Processors Accurately Monitor Power at a Fraction of the Cost

   Single-Phase Energy-Measurement Processors Accurately Monitor Power at a
                             Fraction of the Cost

Fully autonomous processors add simple, utility-grade energy measurement and
diagnostics to existing designs.

PR Newswire

SAN JOSE, Calif., Jan. 16, 2013

SAN JOSE, Calif., Jan. 16, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Maxim Integrated Products,
Inc. (NASDAQ: MXIM) today announced that it is now sampling the
78M6610+PSU/78M6610+LMU single-phase energy-measurement processors. These
processors are an energy-measurement subsystem in a single chip. They provide
simple utility-grade sensing and diagnostics for existing designs without the
traditional cost of a utility meter system-on-chip. Both devices contain
unique firmware to meet end application requirements. The 78M6610+PSU is
specifically designed for real-time monitoring of data centers, servers, and
telecom and data equipment, while the 78M6610+LMU is a more general-purpose
solution for applications such as white-good appliances, smart plugs, EV
chargers, and solar inverters.


The 78M6610 processors enable energy-measurement functionality while reducing
both manufacturing costs and time to market. Energy-measurement solutions
traditionally required the use of an additional microcontroller, which adds
significant design cost and months of development time. The 78M6610 allow
users to conveniently add a complete energy meter to an already existing
design without significant cost or redesign. Additionally, the processors'
flexible measurement and host interfaces allow for easy integration into any

Key Advantages

  oHigh performance: utility-grade sensing over the entire dynamic range of
    load current and power-down modes.
  oReduced bill of materials (BOM) costs: internal RC oscillator and low baud
    rate serial interface eliminate the need for expensive and fragile
  oSimplicity: firmware is optimized for end applications so design-in is
    greatly simplified.

Industry Commentary

  o"A more efficient smart grid needs energy measurement at a variety of
    endpoints beyond the traditional electric meter," said Kris Ardis,
    Business Director for Smart Grid Products at Maxim Integrated. "The
    78M6610+PSU/78M6610+LMU enable these points of measurement with
    utility-grade accuracy, application-specific firmware, and at a low system
  o"The smart grid benefits from embedded technologies like these
    processors," said Christine Hertzog, Managing Director at Smart Grid
    Library. "They reduce BOM costs and encourage more widespread deployment
    of energy-measurement intelligence across the electricity value chain."

Availability and Pricing

  oThe 78M6610+PSU is available in a 24-pin QFN and 16-pin TSSOP package.
  oThe 78M6610+LMU is available in a 24-pin QFN package.
  oThe 78M6610+PSU/78M6610+LMU pricing starts at $1.99 (1000-up, FOB USA). 

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About Maxim Integrated

At Maxim Integrated, we put analog together in a way that sets our customers
apart.In Fiscal 2012, we reported revenues of $2.4 billion.

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SOURCE Maxim Integrated Products, Inc.

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