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January 21, 2013 - Featuring fully autonomous operation, single-phase Models 78M6610+PSU/78M6610+LMU provide utility-grade sensing and diagnostics for existing designs. Internal RC oscillator and low baud rate serial interface eliminate need for crystals. Model 78M6610+PSU is designed for real-time monitoring of data centers, servers, and telecom/data equipment, while Model 78M6610+LMU offers general-purpose solution for applications such as white-good appliances, smart plugs, EV chargers, and solar inverters.

Maxim Integrated Products

120 San Gabriel Dr., Sunnyvale, CA, 94086, USA

Original Press Release

Single-Phase Energy-Measurement Processors Accurately Monitor Power at a Fraction of the Cost

Press release date: January 16, 2013

Fully autonomous processors add simple, utility-grade energy measurement and diagnostics to existing designs.

SAN JOSE, Calif., -- Maxim Integrated Products, Inc. (NASDAQ: MXIM) today announced that it is now sampling the 78M6610+PSU/78M6610+LMU single-phase energy-measurement processors. These processors are an energy-measurement subsystem in a single chip. They provide simple utility-grade sensing and diagnostics for existing designs without the traditional cost of a utility meter system-on-chip. Both devices contain unique firmware to meet end application requirements. The 78M6610+PSU is specifically designed for real-time monitoring of data centers, servers, and telecom and data equipment, while the 78M6610+LMU is a more general-purpose solution for applications such as white-good appliances, smart plugs, EV chargers, and solar inverters.

The 78M6610 processors enable energy-measurement functionality while reducing both manufacturing costs and time to market. Energy-measurement solutions traditionally required the use of an additional microcontroller, which adds significant design cost and months of development time. The 78M6610 allow users to conveniently add a complete energy meter to an already existing design without significant cost or redesign. Additionally, the processors' flexible measurement and host interfaces allow for easy integration into any system.

Key Advantages

--  High performance: utility-grade sensing over the entire dynamic range of load current and power-down modes.
--  Reduced bill of materials (BOM) costs: internal RC oscillator and low baud rate serial interface eliminate the need for expensive and fragile crystals.
--  Simplicity: firmware is optimized for end applications so design-in is greatly simplified.

Industry Commentary

--  "A more efficient smart grid needs energy measurement at a variety of endpoints beyond the traditional electric meter," said Kris Ardis, Business Director for Smart Grid Products at Maxim Integrated. "The 78M6610+PSU/78M6610+LMU enable these points of measurement with utility-grade accuracy, application-specific firmware, and at a low system cost."
--  "The smart grid benefits from embedded technologies like these processors," said Christine Hertzog, Managing Director at Smart Grid Library. "They reduce BOM costs and encourage more widespread deployment of energy-measurement intelligence across the electricity value chain."

Availability and Pricing
--  The 78M6610+PSU is available in a 24-pin QFN and 16-pin TSSOP package.
--  The 78M6610+LMU is available in a 24-pin QFN package.
--  The 78M6610+PSU/78M6610+LMU pricing starts at $1.99 (1000-up, FOB USA).

About Maxim Integrated
At Maxim Integrated, we put analog together in a way that sets our customers apart. In Fiscal 2012, we reported revenues of $2.4 billion.

Contact:    Ferda Millan
(408) 601-5429
ferda.millan@maximintegrated.com

Web Site: www.maxim-ic.com

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