World-leading semiconductors specialist, ST Microelectronics
is demonstrating its latest solutions for smart homes at TECHNO-FRONTIER in Tokyo Big Sight, Japan.
Featuring the theme ‘Smart Semiconductors for Power Saving’, the ST booth at TECHNO-FRONTIER has been designed to highlight improvements in power efficiency through a wide variety of demonstrations and displays featuring development boards that encourage efficient energy use in the home.
ST will introduce solutions to visualise domestic usage of electricity on home displays or gateways, including a power-line communication system-on-a-chip (PLC SoC) for use in smart meters and an IC for use in smart plugs. The ST75xx STarGRID series, a PLC SoC for smart meters supports a variety of modulation methods and communication protocols in order to transmit power usage data from a smart meter or smart plug to a home display or gateway.
The ARM Cortex-M-based 32-bit STM32W microcontrollers with ZigBee support and the STPM10 power measurement ICs are used in wireless transmission of power usage data to an evaluation board for a home display/gateway based on an STM32F2 microcontroller with Ethernet support. Using the STM32W, manufacturers can benefit from a rich development environment and enjoy the wide potential for system functions and performance.
ST will also demonstrate a highly-efficient LED lighting system based on a high power-factor LED driver and LED bypass protection IC. The Energy Star compliant LED drivers deliver high-level power factor (0.90 or greater) and benefit from ST’s wealth of patented primary control technologies to operate without current-sensing resistors, shunt regulators or photo couplers.
SLLIMM-nano, ST’s IGBT module for motor systems greatly improves efficiency by reducing power losses through an optimal layout, and offers diverse features such as a bootstrap diode, smart shutdown, sensing and protections. The demonstration will showcase motor system tuning that integrates both the power part and the STM32 32-bit microcontroller with user-friendly design tools for vector control systems.
ST will also demonstrate its sub-1 GHz wireless transceiver IC SPIRIT1, which can be used in a sensor node for detecting temperature, humidity, gas, smoke and other home environment conditions, and the dSPIN, an SoC for the control of high-performance motors that integrates all required digital control and analogue measurement functions together with power electronics circuits.
ST will be exhibiting at TECHNO-FRONTIER 2012 from Wednesday, July 11 through Friday, July 13 at the Tokyo Big Sight in Booth 6C-207.