Atmel, a global leader in microcontroller (MCU) and touch technology solutions, announced the company has expanded its Atmel | SMART portfolio of energy metering products with the introduction of the SAM4C32 dual-core secure MCU, along with the SAM4CMS32 and SAM4CMP32 for residential, commercial and industrial metering applications. The new system-on-chip (SoC) solutions have 2MB of cache-enabled dual-bank flash, are pin-pin compatible with existing 512KB and 1MB devices in the portfolio, and enable unparalleled scalability and design-reuse for next-generation smart metering platforms.
Atmel's SAM4Cx series are built on a dual-core 32-bit ARM® Cortex®-M4 architecture with flexible firmware metrology capability up to a class 0.2 accuracy designed to meet WELMEC requirements for the separation of legal metrology, applications and communications. All devices include advanced security features, low-power real-time clock and LCD driver, and multiple serial interfaces resulting in a best-in-class level of integration, performance and lower bill of material (BOM) cost.
"As the rate of smart meter deployments continue to rise in several European and Asian regions, our customers demand an unprecedented level of integration and scalability to maximize their R&D investment and to address multiple utility markets more quickly at lower cost points," said Kourosh Boutorabi, sr. director of smart metering, Atmel Corporation. "We are committed to offering next-generation smart metering system architects a broad portfolio of solutions based on the same core platform architecture, software and tools."