Through their collaboration, Murata integrated the SyChip SN3020 High-Power ZigBee module, which supports Smart Energy 1.0 and will eventually support Smart Energy 2.0 as well, into the Metrum smart meters. The result enables utilities to communicate with any Home Area Network (HAN) Smart Energy device using Metrum’s cellular-based IP backhaul.
The Murata Wireless Solution SyChip SN3020 ZigBee module is the industry’s smallest, fully-integrated ZigBee module with PA/LNA, antenna, and memory for a wide range of applications – including many in the Smart Energy market. According to the company, it has “1MB of serial flash memory for Over-The-Air (OTA) firmware updates and offers the best-in-class ZigBee RF performance with a 124dB link budget for long range.”
The module can be integrated into designs without the need for RF or embedded software expertise and enables engineers to add the latest meshing radio technology without complex software challenges.
Ovie Whitson, Chief Technology Officer for Metrum Technologies, says, “The MWS SN3020 ZigBee module exceeded our expectations by performing significantly better than other modules in field tests. We are excited to be working with Murata on our ZigBee-based AMI and HAN products that will provide a compelling Smart Energy solution to our utility customers.”
Murata Wireless Solutions’ Director of Marketing, Dennis McCain, adds: “As Smart Meters become more ubiquitous, companies are increasingly turning to Murata to help develop breakthrough products for the Smart Energy market. Our expertise in implementing innovative solutions for emerging markets is unsurpassed.”
Murata Wireless Solutions is a division of Murata Electronics, which manufactures passive components and wireless modules for the smart energy, home automation, internet appliance, and healthcare markets. The combined module and product portfolio includes WiFi, Bluetooth, Bluetooth Low Energy, ZigBee, and GPS solutions. For more information, visit www.murata-ws.com.
Founded in 2002, Metrum Technologies develops cellular-based, wireless communications and endpoint automation technologies for energy utility AMI and Smart Grid applications. For more information, visit www.metrum.us.