Date: 23rd Sept 2010
Freescale and Cirrus team up to provide
turnkey reference design for digital utility meter market
Freescale Semiconductor and Cirrus Logic have teamed up
to provide a turnkey reference design for the growing digital
utility meter market. The reference design combines Cirrus
Logic's CS5463 analog front end (AFE) chip with Freescale's
8-bit AC60 microcontrollers (MCUs). The Smart power meters
provide an economical way to measure energy usage in residential
settings, provide real-time pricing based on demand and
minimize energy consumption during peak periods.
The CS546X family provides energy measurement accuracy
for next-generation smart grid devices. Cirrus Logic energy
measurement chips aid customers by generating energy measurement
data needed to deliver on-demand energy usage information.
"Across all markets, customers value the superior
measurement accuracy capabilities and cost effectiveness
of our products," said Tom Stein, vice president and
general manager, Cirrus Logic Energy, Exploration and Lighting
Division. "Teaming with Freescale to develop smart
meter reference designs will give OEMs a ready-to-use system
to complete designs quickly, with significant performance
enhancements, design flexibility, lower system costs and
faster calibration than SOCs can provide today."
The Freescale Kinetis portfolio of MCUs gives OEMs the
flexibility to choose among a variety of MCUs . Freescale's
MQX real-time operating software and algorithms run on a
dedicated digital signal processor and are programmable
to run on the MCU. Freescale and Cirrus Logic plan additional
single-phase meter reference designs in the future that
feature new AFE and MCU products.
"We believe Freescale's extensive portfolio of processors
with the range of on-board flash memory size, 90 nanometer
Thin Film Storage technology and metering-specific features
built in will give our customers the ultimate flexibility
to address various meter types and topologies and provide
them with a ready platform for their smart energy products,"
said Aiden Mitchell, director of Industrial and Multi-market
MCUs for Freescale's Microcontroller Solutions Group.