SAN JOSE, Calif.
Nov. 19, 2012
/PRNewswire/ -- Atmel
Corporation (NASDAQ: ATML), a leader in microcontroller (MCU) and touch technology solutions, today announced it has become the newest member of the G3-PLC Alliance, an international organization whose goal is to promote the G3-PLC Communications standard that ensures interoperability of new smart grid ecosystems. Members are selected and approved by the G3-PLC committee.
"Atmel adds to our rapidly growing membership of prominent semiconductor companies that are advocating for the most intelligent approach to building out the smart grid," said
, general secretary, G3-PLC Alliance. "The G3-PLC technology is an instrumental specification for utility companies deploying smart meters worldwide and we are excited to add Atmel's industry leadership and support to help grow this standard as a member of the G3-PLC Alliance."
The G3-PLC specification, recently approved by the ITU and compliant with the IEEE 1901.2 standard, is a new low-frequency, orthogonal frequency division multiplexing (OFDM)-based narrowband powerline communications (NB-PLC) standard. The G3-PLC is the first NB-PLC standard that supports the IPv6 internet protocol that allows Internet-based energy management systems used by utilities and grid operators to better manage their assets on the grid. Utility companies can now plan their deployments utilizing G3-PLC technology to achieve cost-effective smart grid systems that will meet customers' needs today and in the future.
"We are excited to be the newest member of the G3-PLC Alliance," said Kourosh Boutorabi, sr. director of smart energy, Atmel Corporation. "As a member of this alliance, smart grid and utility companies can have the confidence that our next-generation solutions will support the G3 specification, enabling better interoperability between the smart meter and smart grid infrastructure."
About the G3-PLC Technology
All G3-PLC Alliance member companies are committed to the success of the G3-PLC technology, and will be instrumental in the rapid deployment of this technology. Members are dedicated to researching or developing products based on G3-PLC, promoting the technology worldwide and participating in various technical working groups, interoperability testing and certification of their products.