Infineon Technologies, the leading supplier of semiconductor solutions used across the electricity value chain, is presenting its Smart Grid solutions at the Metering, Billing / CRM Europe 2012 Conference and Exhibition in Amsterdam (October 9 – 11, 2012). Infineon provides the building blocks for an intelligent infrastructure that supports worldwide energy efficiency goals, with a portfolio addressing every step of electrical power generation, transmission, distribution and consumption.
Highlighted by the company’s Smart Meter IC family, Infineon combines expertise in power semiconductors, embedded control and chip-based security to address requirements for a reliable, flexible and secure Smart Grid. Smart Grids upgrade the infrastructure by adding distributed local intelligence, security across the network, enhanced efficiency and advanced control (to accommodate bi-directional power flow), flexible demand management and other new capabilities. Importantly, the chip-level building blocks of these systems must meet the highest quality standards to fulfill industry requirements for reliable, long lifetime use.
“Infineon brings unique expertise to bear in defining and delivering solutions for the Smart Grid,” says Dr. Sergio Rossi, Head of Smart Grid and Peripherals at Infineon Technologies. “While power semiconductors represent on average more than one-half of our annual revenue, we also have leading market share positions in chip-based security, deep experience in embedded control, and the ability to meet demanding quality and product lifetime requirements – which we have already proven with our automotive portfolio.”
Smart Meters are emerging as a critical element of the grid’s interface between providers and end-consumers. They monitor energy consumption, communicate with devices in the household and gather all information required by the grid to efficiently allocate resources. As the market landscape changes from pilot project to mass scale deployment, solutions need to be cost effective yet enriched with features.
The Infineon Smart Meter IC family – specifically designed for that purpose – is a feature rich, highly integrated, cost effective, secure by design, tamper resistant and very low power platform for the implementation of single- or polyphase electric meters, as well as static and mechanical based flow meters. Currently being qualified in India, Brazil and China as well as for meters compliant to ANSI (American National Standards Institute) and IEC (International Electrotechnical Commission) standards, the Smart Meter family is designed and produced using automotive qualified blocks and silicon processes.
The broad Infineon portfolio for Smart Grids includes high efficiency power MOSFETs, IGBTs and diodes with power ranges from a few watts to megawatts which are used to enable highly efficient and reliable power conversion (for instance in wind, solar, energy storage applications). Furthermore, Infineon offers dedicated thyristors for High Voltage DC transmission lines, modules to control industrial drives, sensors, microcontrollers, security ICs and metrology MCUs ideal for implementation of Distribution Automation applications and a wide range of devices dedicated to cost effective implementation of smart meters and energy-efficient, smart home appliances.
Infineon is presenting its portfolio at Metering Billing / CRM Europe fair in Amsterdam, Hall 1, Booth A51.
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