Silicon Laboratories Inc. (NASDAQ: SLAB), a leader in high-performance, analog-intensive, mixed-signal ICs, will showcase its wireless solutions for advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) at DistibuTECH, the utility industry’s leading smart grid conference, held in San Diego, California, Jan. 29-31. Silicon Labs’ 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. Silicon Labs will highlight its Ember® ZigBee® SoCs and EZRadioPRO® sub-GHz wireless transceivers and easy-to-use wireless development tools at DistribuTECH in Booth 3433.
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.
Silicon Labs is a leading supplier of wireless technology for AMI applications including wireless home area networks (HANs) that connect communicating thermostats and other in-home systems to meters or gateways, as well as neighborhood area networks (NANs) that aggregate up to thousands of meters for back haul to the utility provider. Silicon Labs’ Ember ZigBee and sub-GHz products provide wireless connectivity solutions for smart meter products from AMI industry leaders such as Landis+Gyr, Elster, Itron, Robulink and Holley Metering.
“DistribuTECH provides a focused opportunity to share our wireless solutions and smart meter application expertise with leading players in the smart grid industry,” said Diwakar Vishakhadatta, vice president and general manager of Silicon Labs’ Embedded Systems products. “From silicon to software, we offer smart meter manufacturers complete solutions that will help them reduce the cost and complexity of their AMI applications.”