Utility Metering Development Systems - Microchip

Microchip Utility Metering Solutions

Microchip offers a complete portfolio of 8-, 16- and 32-bit microcontrollers, energy measurement integrated circuits (ICs), analog and interface devices and flash memory and serial EEPROMs for your utility metering design applications. These devices allow you to:

  • Directly drive inexpensive LED and LCD displays
  • Add wireless communication for automated meter reading
  • Implement anti-tampering techniques
  • Manage low-power design with XLP Technology
  • Integrate real time clock for advanced billing schemes
  • Improve accuracy and simplify meter calibration
  • Easily integrate touch sensing functionality into your designs with mTouch® sensing solutions
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Microchip's free MPLAB® X Integrated Design Environment (IDE) provides a single platform for product development which shortens the time it takes to complete new designs or to modify existing designs to meet regional needs. Microchip's Metering Design Center features complete access to all of Microchip’s metering application notes, software libraries, reference designs and other technical documentation to help you get your products to market quickly and efficiently.

Energy Measurement ICs - MCP391X Family

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MCP391X family are highly accurate energy measurement analog front ends (AFEs) with up to eight channels for single-phase and three-phase metering. When paired with a PIC® microcontroller, the MCP391X offers you a complete, flexible and highly accurate solution for energy measurement in utility metering and power monitoring applications. The MCP391X devices feature simultaneous sampling 16/24-bit delta-sigma A/D converters, internal voltage reference and Programmable Gain Amplifiers (PGAs). With up to 94.5 dB SINAD and −107 dB THD performance this family allows for the highest accuracy designs enabling 0.1% active power measurement error over a 10,000:1 dynamic range. Additional innovations include a unique 2-wire serial interface that reduces expensive isolation requirements.

Analog and Interface Devices

Microchip provides a wide portfolio of analog and interface components that are well suited for metering applications. Low-power and precise operational amplifiers enable signal acquisition for accurate measurements of current, voltage, temperature or flow. Microchip's family of temperature sensors provides accurate measurements to compensate for temperature drifts in meter components. Infrared interface devices provide a platform of products for developing a robust communication method for data gathering at meter locations.

Microchip Memory Products

Microchip offers a broad range of memory devices, which include SRAM, EEPROM and Serial Flash and Flash. These devices support a variety of densities that can operate over wide voltage and temperature ranges in very small packages, suitable for many metering application.

SPI-compatible Serial SRAM devices support unlimited endurance and fast Write times. If non-volatile memory is needed, our very high-endurance Serial EEPROMs offer the highest Erase/Write cycle endurance in the industry. These devices are available with I2C™, SPI or Microwire serial interfaces to support any microcontroller serial port that has been selected. For applications with higher-density memory requirements, our SuperFlash® SPI, SQI® and Parallel Flash products are ideal solutions. In designs that require a boot loader, SPI Flash can be used to store the boot code, making it available for download into shadow memory upon power-up. For applications that require execute-in-place, the higher bandwidth SQI Flash and Parallel Flash have this same capability. SuperFlash products are cost-effective nonvolatile memory data storage solutions, offering industryleading features along with fixed and fast program/erase times, ultra-low power consumption, high-endurance and excellent reliability.

Serial SRAM Family

64 Kbit 256Kbit 512 Kbit 1 Mbit
23x640 23x256 23xx512 23xx1024

Utility Metering Reference Design

Title Part Number Devices Supported
MCP6L02 & PIC18F65J90 1-Phase Energy Meter ARD00370 MCP6L02, MCP1754S, MCP1703, MCP2200, 24FC256, PIC18F65J90
MCP3911 & PIC18F85K90 1-Phase Energy Meter ARD00385 MCP3911, MCP1703, MCP2200, MCP6001, PIC18F85K90
MCP39F521 Power Meter ADM00686 MCP39F521, MCP1754S, MCP2221, MCP9700
MCP39F511 Power Meter ADM00667 MCP39F511, MCP2221, MCP6021, MCP9700
MCP39F11N Power Meter ADM00706 MCP39F511N, MCP1754S, MCP2221
Power Meter ARD00455 MCP39F501, MCP1754S, MCP2200, MCP9700
MCP3905A Energy Meter MCP3905RD-PM1 MCP3905A, MCP3906A
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