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Smart Energy Quarterly Report December 2012
TOP STORY
All About the Fifth Play, Smart Home and Smart Energy
The home area network and the smart energy network need to be considered as separate and independent; one controlled by the utility and virtually invisible for the consumer; the other the consumer-controlled home network, which will help the consumer live in a smart home.  (more)
Sierra Wireless
Monitoring, controlling, and harnessing valuable data from field equipment is a challenge for energy companies. M2M platforms can provide companies with a scalable and cost-effective way to efficiently manage and monitor remote equipment while integrating valuable field data into backend and enterprise systems.
FEATURED NEWS & ANALYSIS
Microchip Expands Low-Power Op Amps Into Higher Voltages With Three New 12V Families; Enables Wider Signal Input Range
ZILOG Announces New "ZAURA™ RF Fluorescent Ballast Reference Design" Featuring Advanced Wireless Technology
ON Semiconductor Expands Constant Current Regulator Offering for Solid State Lighting Systems
Flux Power Adds Key Functionality to its Advanced Energy Storage Systems to Address Growing Solar and Grid Storage Market
GE's Grid IQ™ 'Solutions as a Service' is Key Internet Technology Helping Utilities to Develop Modern Grid
Energy Micro doubles its team in Krakow to accelerate development of new ARM Cortex-M based microcontrollers and radios
IEEE-Commissioned Smart Grid Survey Conducted by Zpryme Indicates Strong Growth Potential for Energy Storage, Distributed Generation and Microgrids
Organic photovoltaics on steel
NXP Introduces New Wireless Microcontroller Family for the Internet of Things
Atmel Joins G3-PLC Alliance, Expanding Development in Standards-based Smart Grid Communications
Microchip
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Finding credible partners and solutions for your Smart Energy and Smart Grid applications can be difficult. Whether it's the latest communication protocol, advanced user interface technologies, or finding the most advanced low power products, Microchip is here to partner with you to make your applications successful.
Zilog
Zilog's LED Driver with ZAURA RF Control Reference Design integrates the ZAURA RF 868 MHz Wireless Module onto an LED Driver Base Power Board. This reference design can be used as a basis for developing systems that can control fluorescent lighting installations, and a thermal protection mechanism can easily be added.
ARTICLES AND TECH BRIEFS
All About the Fifth Play, Smart Home and Smart Energy The home area network and the smart energy network need to be considered as separate and independent; one controlled by the utility and virtually invisible for the consumer; the other the consumer-controlled home network, which will help the consumer live in a smart home. (more)
FRAM-based MCUs Bring Advanced Security to Low-Power Applications Security is becoming increasingly important in a wide range of applications including smartphone accessories, smart metering, personal health monitoring, remote controls and access systems. To protect (more)
Smart Grid Security: Blocking Cyber-attacks with an Embedded Firewall The smart grid has arrived, and with it a new wave of cyber-attacks targeting the net-connected devices comprising the grid. To date, smart grid security has not maintained pace with the threat. Bob Lockhart, an analyst at Pike Research, says, "After years of vendors selling point solutions, utilities investing in compliance minimums rather than full security, and attackers having nearly free rein, the attackers clearly have the upper hand. Many attacks simply cannot be defended." (more)
M2M Communications with Wi-Fi in the 5 GHz Band Networks based on 2.4 GHz ISM band standards suffer from the effects of network congestion – data drop-outs, latencies, disconnections and the lesser-known but increasingly important problem of battery (more)
Challenges of Adding Connectivity to Low-Power, MCU-based Products Designers must consider ease of use of the connectivity solution, constraints of low power MCUs, and low power characteristics of the connectivity solution – while also trying to simplify and accelerate product development and improve the end user experience. (more)
Techniques for Measuring ACLR Performance in LTE Transmitters Modern wireless service providers are continually pushing for more bandwidth to deliver Internet Protocol (IP) services to more users. Long-Term Evolution (LTE) is a next-generation cellular technology (more)
Going Native with SuperSpeed Why access to native 10b data is essential to troubleshooting USB 3.0 designs. (more)
Energy Management Through Smart Grid Technology in the Home Area Network The goals of smart-grid pioneers are starting to come to fruition in efficient and simple-to-use LED lighting profiles. (more)
Embedded World
The embedded world Exhibition & Conference from 26-28 February 2013 gathers the embedded community in Nurnberg for the eleventh time. The world's biggest exhibition for embedded technologies is growing steadily. The embedded world Conference parallel to the exhibition again offers many presentations and an extensive programme of practical workshops. The electronic displays Conference presents the latest research findings and highly topical market developments for the international display experts. More than 1,000 university students are expected at the embedded STUDENT DAY.
FROM THE BLOGOSPHERE
Semiconductor GPU IP Faces Cloud Division Cloud computing offers many challenges including the division of graphic-processing IP and rendering tasks between the mobile device and cloud-based servers. …
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SMART ENERGY PRODUCT BRIEFS
Easily Add Wireless Connectivity (Microchip Technology Inc.)
Energy Measurement for Every Occasion (Microchip Technology Inc.)
nanoWatt XLP eXtreme Low Power PIC® MCUs (Microchip Technology Inc.)
PIC® Microcontrollers for LCD Displays (Microchip Technology Inc.)
IXOLAR™ High Efficiency SolarMD (IXYS)
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