Atmel Corporation (NASDAQ: ATML), a leader in microcontroller and touch technology solutions, today announced the company is the first to receive the PRIME (PoweRline Intelligent Metering Evolution) v1.4 Profile 2 certification for the Atmel | SMART SAM4CP16B and ATPL230A smart metering solutions. The certification extends Atmel's leadership and commitment to delivering state-of-the-art connectivity solutions and ensures that the company's customers are able to develop high performance solutions, incorporating new features of the PRIME v1.4 standard. The latest PRIME standard supports some of the most demanding requirements of smart metering systems by offering increased robustness, throughput, band expansion, band-plan flexibility and IP version 6.
"We are pleased to be the first semiconductor supplier to help develop and validate the technology, and to achieve this significant milestone with deep cooperation and partnership with our customers and the PRIME Alliance over a period of nearly five years," said Kourosh Boutorabi, Senior Director of Smart Energy Solutions, Atmel Corporation. "We see increased interest in the PRIME standard by utilities in EMEA, Latin America and Asia and believe that as its adoption and proliferation continues, it is essential that its technical evolution continue to be fully standard compliant and certifiable by our customers as well as the utilities."
PRIME is a mature, consolidated and worldwide PLC standard for advanced metering. There are currently millions of smart meters based on the PRIME standard that have been deployed supporting the PRIME v1.3. The Atmel portfolio of solutions now fully comply with both PRIME v1.3 and v1.4 standards ensuring total flexibility and scalability for original equipment manufacturers developing next-generation smart metering systems worldwide.
The Atmel PRIME v1.4 Profile 2 Certification is available on the PRIME Alliance website.