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

Innovative Smart-Meter Device From STMicroelectronics Simplifies 
Interoperability, Enabling Massive Roll-Outs by Utilities 
World's First System-on-Chip With Turn-Key Hardware Supporting METERS
AND MORE(R) Open Communication Standard Enables Broad Smart-Meter
Deployment 
GENEVA -- (Marketwired) -- 06/26/13 --   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(R) [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(R), simplifying meter design to
ultimately enable faster, lower-cost and reliable deployments. The
METERS AND MORE(R) is an open specification managed by the METERS AND
MORE(R) 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(R) Association.
"The world's energy businesses, from technology companies to
utilities, should take advantage of this breakthrough using METERS
AND MORE(R), 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(R)
Association and achieve Certification for their products to enable
widespread use by utility companies. 
ST implemented METERS AND MORE(R) 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(R) 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(R) Association
 METERS AND MORE(R) 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(R)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(R) derives from the protocol already proven in Enel's
Telegestore AMI solution, serving over 40 million customers
worldwide.  
The METERS AND MORE(R) 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(R) 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. 
[1] METERS AND MORE(R) 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. 
Smart Metering Chip from ST:
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For Press Information Contact:
STMicroelectronics
Michael Markowitz
Director Technical Media Relations
+1 781 591 0354
michael.markowitz@st.com 
 
 
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