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[June 27, 2013]
Innovative Smart-Meter Device From STMicroelectronics Simplifies Interoperability, Enabling Massive Roll-Outs by Utilities [Global Data Point]
(Global Data Point Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) STMicroelectronics, 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®  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®, simplifying meter design to ultimately enable faster, lower-cost and reliable deployments. The METERS AND MORE® is an open specification managed by the METERS AND MORE® 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® Association. "The world's energy businesses, from technology companies to utilities, should take advantage of this breakthrough using METERS AND MORE®, an open and field proven standard, to meet important climate-saving objectives such as the EU's 20/20/20 goals." Customers using the ST75MM can join the METERS AND MORE® Association and achieve Certification for their products to enable widespread use by utility companies.
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