Metering MCUs meet energy guidelines

Expanding its smart metering portfolio to address energy efficiency guidelines, Texas Instruments(TI) announced 16 new ultra-low power MSP430 microcontrollers (MCU) targeted at electricity and gas metering applications. These new MSP430F4xx devices are highly integrated solutions that can support standalone analog front-end (AFE) needs and achieve leading accuracy results of better than 0.1 percent.

Key features and benefits of the 16 new MSP430 metering MCUs
Expanded metering portfolio supports a wide range of implementation standards with additions to the F471xx, Fx461x and F44x series of MCUs
Provides analog front-end needs for a complete metrology solution
Better than 0.1 percent accuracy for precise energy measurements
Secure energy monitoring with tamper protection capabilities
Ultra-low power consumption for extended battery life
Increased memory for load demand response offers a 25 percent reduction in electricity bills

TI’s broad portfolio drives smarter grid solutions
TI’s comprehensive utility metering portfolio includes devices targeted at electricity, water and gas metering, as well as power line communications (PLC) and radio frequency (RF) interfaces for advanced meter infrastructure (AMI) that allow customers to design smart grid solutions. From highly optimized application specific embedded processors, low power RF, power management and RFID to dedicated software support for ZigBee, 6LoWPAN, WMBUS, OFDM and SFSK modulations, TI offers the most complete solution set for smart metering.

Pricing and availability
The new F4xx MCUs are priced between $1.80 and $3.90 for 1K units and are available now. In addition, these devices complement the embedded processing portfolio supporting smart metering solutions. See the new TI Smart Metering brochure for more information.