Itron Selects Accent Single Chip Solution
The new design will integrate the latest ARM processor technology, LCD driver and on-chip embedded flash memory to deliver best-in-class performance, reduced BOM and lowest system cost.
According to Accent, powerful processing capability combined with broad range analogue, digital and RF hardware peripherals will enable a single processor core solution for communication, control as well as user application software, thus eliminating the need for multiple processors while significantly reducing power consumption. In order to meet the processing demands of the utility advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) industry, the product offering will utilize the Cortex-M3 CPU from ARM.
The new device integrates a complete ZigBee PRO solution, including an IEEE 802.15.4 RF transceiver, PHY, MAC and communication stack including smart energy profile focused on AMI applications. ZigBee PRO provides utility companies a global, open standard for implementing secure, easy-to-use home area networks while also enabling consumers to choose interoperable products for precise management of energy consumption.
The company has added that the IC will also incorporate embedded flash memory to provide a single chip solution with unprecedented integration. Working from Itron’s product and system requirements, the company has completed the design of the IC and will provide all necessary software up to the customer’s application layer. Silicon will be available during 4Q09; Itron plans to start mass deployment of Accent’s IC from 2010.
Federico Arcelli, CEO of Accent, said: “We are pleased to be working with a global leader such as Itron on a crucial component of their OpenWay CENTRON product lines, this strategic engagement further demonstrates Accent’s value proposition in delivering highly optimized solutions that can meet the needs of system equipment manufacturers and OEMs.”
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