Wireless Applications

ADI’s Blackfin Powers Siemens’ Smart Meters

April 9, 2009

Blackfin-based systems measure and communicate energy consumption from consumer to power plant, transforming whole-grid energy conservation and management capabilities.

Norwood, MA -- Continuing its drive to enable next-generation smart energy management, Analog Devices (ADI) announced that Blackfin BF531 processors will drive Siemens Energy Sector's state-of-the-art Automated Metering and Information System (AMIS). Using ADI's Blackfin convergent processor's powerful processing capacity, AMIS delivers essential, dynamic "demand response" energy usage communication between the consumer and the energy provider, facilitating true whole-grid energy management. The low-cost, high-performance, and scalable Blackfin technology positions AMIS smart meters for quick cross-regional and multiple-standard adoption.

"Our smart metering solution is the result of many years of research," says Alexander Schenk, Business Segment Manager for AMIS systems at Siemens Energy, Power Distribution Division. "The Analog Devices Blackfin enables us to offer sophisticated measurement and communication at the meter level, enabling a true systemwide energy management tool."

Blackfin's exceptional performance, low cost, and scalability gives power companies the edge in seamless smart meter implementation. Blackfin calculates the consumer energy usage at the smart meter and performs the powerline modem functions, creating an efficient bi-directional communication flow with the power line concentrator. With AMIS, power companies are now able to implement energy-saving initiatives and respond quickly and effectively to government mandates for increased smart metering. Blackfin's configurability eases a multi-regional power company's expansion into differing community or regional standards. With AMIS, new features and standard adoption simply requires a straightforward software upgrade over the grid. In addition, AMIS facilitates the incorporation of a full range of meters for new alternative energy technologies, creating a consistent, scalable energy management system.

"ADI processors are a natural choice for the dynamic and powerful processing needs of today's smart meter," says Colin Duggan, Industrial and Instrumentation Segment manager for ADI's General Purpose-Digital Signal Processing Division. "We are especially happy to be a part of the larger solution of true demand and energy management, which benefits consumers, as well as significantly contributing to environmental conservation."

With Blackfin's real-time energy collection and communication capabilities, power companies can now limit negative environmental impact, reduce skyrocketing energy costs, and solicit customer participation in tailored energy conservation programs.

ADI at the Forefront of Smart-Grid Energy Infrastructure Technology
Smart-grid technology developers look to ADI's advanced digital and analog signal processing technology to power next-generation energy infrastructure. Offering a broad range of performance and precision products, ADI's integrated circuits are optimized for a range of smart grid applications, from energy metering solutions to dynamic, grid-integrated management and communication systems. For utility-side and consumer-side applications, ADI's technology enables developers to design intelligent systems that promote energy efficiency and management flexibility.

About Siemens Energy
The Siemens Energy Sector is the world's leading supplier of a complete spectrum of products, services, and solutions for the generation, transmission, and distribution of power and for the extraction, conversion, and transport of oil and gas. In fiscal 2008 (ended September 30), the Energy Sector had revenues of approximately €22.6 billion, received new orders totaling approximately €33.4 billion, and posted a profit of €1.4 billion. On September 30, 2008, the Energy Sector had a work force of approximately 83,500.

About ADI
Innovation, performance, and excellence are the cultural pillars on which Analog Devices has built one of the longest standing, highest growth companies within the technology sector. Acknowledged industrywide as the world leader in data conversion and signal conditioning technology, ADI serves over 60,000 customers, representing virtually all types of electronic equipment. Celebrating over 40 years as a leading global manufacturer of high-performance integrated circuits used in analog and digital signal processing applications, Analog Devices is headquartered in Norwood, MA, with design and manufacturing facilities throughout the world.

Blackfin is a registered trademark of ADI. All other trademarks included herein are the property of their respective owners.

Add Comment




Twitter Feed

Find It Fix It Forum

Sensors invites you to join the Findit-Fixit Forum, where you can get answers to your sensing questions—concerning technologies, products, methods, applications, and services--and also offer help to your fellow engineers. The Forum covers all kinds of topics, from the basics to the extraordinary.

Join the discussion!

© Copyright 2016 Questex, LLC. All Rights Reserved. Sensorsmag. Privacy Policy | Terms of Use

If you are having technical difficulties or considerations, please contact the webmaster.