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New Energy Metering IC from austriamicrosystems

April 19, 2007

austriamicrosystems introduces new single phase, anti-tamper LCD energy metering ic offering secure program and data with high reliability.


UNTERPREMSTAETTEN, Austria--(BUSINESS WIRE)--austriamicrosystems (SWX: AMS), a leading global designer and manufacturer of analog integrated circuits (ICs) for communications, industrial, medical and automotive applications, announces the latest addition to its energy metering IC family with the launch of the AS8268 single-phase system-on-chip metering IC with embedded Flash memory. The AS8268 offers an integrated system-on-chip solution for LCD meters and provides for secure program and data through its on-chip high-performance Flash memory.

The AS8268 also fulfills all utility anti-tamper requirements and accommodates a customer-specified LCD display. Meter implementations based on AS8268 require a minimum of external components, inherently improving meter reliability and reduced meter system cost.

The AS8268 incorporates all the required functional blocks for single-phase metering including a precision energy measurement front-end, an 8-bit microcontroller, 32 KB of on-chip Flash memory, a real-time clock, 96-segment liquid crystal display (LCD) driver, 12 programmable multi-purpose inputs/outputs for all possible customer-specified interfaces and display requirements, as well as an on-chip temperature sensor.

"The extremely reliable austriamicrosystems Flash memory technology provided on-chip ensures program and data retention performance never before available to the metering industry in system-on-chip ICs" says Matjaz Novak, marketing director Industry & Medical at austriamicrosystems. "Furthermore, the Flash memory has been designed and verified to operate over an extended operating temperature range of -40°C to +125°C".

"The outstanding accuracy performance of the AS8268 measurement front-end is demonstrated by the consistent repeatability of measurements provided by the device" adds Dave Simpson, applications manager Metering Products at austriamicrosystems. "This consistency in measurement is provided by austriamicrosystems' industry-proven analog front-end technology, designed and manufactured to meet even the most stringent utility requirements".

The AS8268 offers the option of using an external EEPROM of 2 to 32 KB for data retention, in conjunction with the fully programmable industry standard 8-bit 8051 compatible microcontroller (MCU) and 32 KB on-chip Flash memory. Two universal asynchronous receiver transmitters (UARTs) provide for external communication. A programmable energy LED pulse output can be displayed through one of the multi-purpose input/outputs. This precision output along with an on-chip pulse counter allows for the option of fast automatic digital calibration. An on-chip +/-1.4 ppm real-time clock/calendar (RTC) with two alarm registers and battery back-up is available for complex tariff applications, with the option of added precision through the on-chip temperature sensor.

Active energy, MAINS voltage and MAINS current is calculated directly within the on-chip digital signal processor (DSP). Reactive power and apparent power can also be calculated by user configurable application software.

The AS8268 is available in a LQFP-64 pin package and is pin-compatible with the currently available AS8218 and AS8228.

Samples of the AS8268 will be available later in Q2 2007.

About austriamicrosystems
austriamicrosystems is a leading designer and manufacturer of high performance analog ICs, combining more than 25 years of analog design capabilities and system know-how with its own state-of-the-art manufacturing and test facilities. austriamicrosystems leverages its expertise in low power and high accuracy to provide industry-leading customized and standard analog products. Operating worldwide with more than 1,000 employees, austriamicrosystems focuses on the areas of power management, sensors & sensor interfaces, portable audio and car access in its markets Communications, Industry & Medical and Automotive, complemented by its Full Service Foundry activities. austriamicrosystems is listed on the SWX Swiss Exchange in Zurich (ticker symbol: AMS).

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Media Relations:
Sonja Pieber-Hascher, +43 (0) 3136 500 5968
press@austriamicrosystems.com
www.austriamicrosystems.com


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