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Single-Phase Energy-Measurement Processors Accurately Monitor Power at a Fraction of the Cost

Fully autonomous processors add simple, utility-grade energy measurement and diagnostics to existing designs.

San Jose, CA—January 16, 2013—Maxim Integrated Products, Inc. (NASDAQ: MXIM) today announced that it is now sampling the 78M6610+PSU/78M6610+LMU single-phase energy-measurement processors. These processors are an energy-measurement subsystem in a single chip. They provide simple utility-grade sensing and diagnostics for existing designs without the traditional cost of a utility meter system-on-chip. Both devices contain unique firmware to meet end application requirements. The 78M6610+PSU is specifically designed for real-time monitoring of data centers, servers, and telecom and data equipment, while the 78M6610+LMU is a more general-purpose solution for applications such as white-good appliances, smart plugs, EV chargers, and solar inverters.

The 78M6610 processors enable energy-measurement functionality while reducing both manufacturing costs and time to market. Energy-measurement solutions traditionally required the use of an additional microcontroller, which adds significant design cost and months of development time. The 78M6610 allow users to conveniently add a complete energy meter to an already existing design without significant cost or redesign. Additionally, the processors' flexible measurement and host interfaces allow for easy integration into any system.

Key Advantages
  • High performance: utility-grade sensing over the entire dynamic range of load current and power-down modes
  • Reduced bill of materials (BOM) costs: internal RC oscillator and low baud rate serial interface eliminate the need for expensive and fragile crystals
  • Simplicity: firmware is optimized for end applications so design-in is greatly simplified
Industry Commentary
  • "A more efficient smart grid needs energy measurement at a variety of endpoints beyond the traditional electric meter," said Kris Ardis, Business Director for Smart Grid Products at Maxim Integrated. "The 78M6610+PSU/78M6610+LMU enable these points of measurement with utility-grade accuracy, application-specific firmware, and at a low system cost."
  • "The smart grid benefits from embedded technologies like these processors," said Christine Hertzog, Managing Director at Smart Grid Library. "They reduce BOM costs and encourage more widespread deployment of energy-measurement intelligence across the electricity value chain."
Availability and Pricing
  • The 78M6610+PSU is available in a 24-pin QFN and 16-pin TSSOP package.
  • The 78M6610+LMU is available in a 24-pin QFN package.
  • The 78M6610+PSU/78M6610+LMU pricing starts at $1.99 (1000-up, FOB USA).
About Maxim Integrated
At Maxim Integrated, we put analog together in a way that sets our customers apart. In Fiscal 2012, we reported revenues of $2.4 billion.

Energy-measurement processors provide utility-grade energy sensing while reducing cost.
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Related Resources
78M6610+PSU
78M6610+PSU Energy Measurement Processor for Single-Phase Power-Supply Units
78M6610+LMU
78M6610+LMU Energy Measurement Processor for Load Monitoring Units

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Ferda Millan
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Ferda.Millan@maximintegrated.com