October 21, 2014. Atmel has announced that 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 2 MB of cache-enabled dual-bank flash, are pin-pin compatible with existing 512-kB and 1-MB devices in the portfolio, and enable 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, senior director of smart metering at Atmel. “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.”