PARIS – Maxim Integrated Products said it has launched Zeus, a smart meter SoC for embedded smart grid equipment that needs to measure and to communicate securely.
Maxim said Zeus supports various security and communication requirements. A built-in cryptographic module secures communication; a secure bootloader prevents unauthorized firmware modification; and tamper detection assures providers that any attempts to physically attack the meter will be detected, recorded, and reported.
[Get a 10% discount on ARM TechCon 2012 conference passes by using promo code EDIT. Click here to learn about the show and register.]
Key features: . Superior metering accuracy: multiple ADC channels each run at 10ksps, offering 0.1 percent accuracy over a 5,000:1 dynamic range . Future proof to support tomorrow’s applications: uses a 120MHz ARM Cortex M3 application processor and a 40MHz, 32-bit MAXQ30 microcontroller with DSP support for the metering function . Multicore architecture supports WELMEC separation of legally relevant and irrelevant functions to ease validation
The Zeus platform includes the MAX71616, MAX71617, MAX71636, and MAX71637. Each device contains three computing cores: a 32-bit fixed-point DSP compute engine, a 32-bit MAXQ30 processor dedicated to sensitive metrology tasks and a robust ARM Cortex-M3 responsible for communications and other supervisory tasks.
------------------------ If you found this article to be of interest, visit SmartEnergy Designline
where you will find the latest and greatest design, technology,
product, and news articles with regard to all aspects of clean
technologies. And, to register to our weekly newsletter, click here.
Join our online Radio Show on Friday 11th July starting at 2:00pm Eastern, when EETimes editor of all things fun and interesting, Max Maxfield, and embedded systems expert, Jack Ganssle, will debate as to just what is, and is not, and embedded system.