Silicon Laboratories showcases wireless technology for advanced metering

January 23, 2013 // By Jean-Pierre Joosting
Silicon Laboratories will showcase its wireless solutions for advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) at DistribuTECH, held in San Diego, California, January 29-31.

The companies mixed-signal devices, including wireless radios, ultra-low-power 8-bit microcontrollers (MCUs), 32-bit Precision32™ MCUs and digital isolators, assist in the communications, sensing, calibration, timing, processing, security and reliability of smart meters. The company will highlight its Ember® ZigBee® SoCs and EZRadioPRO® sub-GHz wireless transceivers and easy-to-use wireless development tools at DistribuTECH.

According to a recent market research report from IHS, the global installed base of smart meters is currently less than 18 percent of the world’s 1.4 billion installed meters and is expected to double by the end of 2016. IHS predicts that global advanced meter shipments will surge in 2015 as advanced metering projects come on line in Europe and in developing economies, with China being the most significant market for advanced meters.