|[February 21, 2014]
Revolutionary Smart-meter Software from HCC Embedded Reduces Hardware Cost and Development Time
NÜRNBERG, Germany --(Business Wire)--
Embedded today announced that it has developed an advanced
file system, custom designed for the needs of smart-energy and
smart-meter applications. HCC's approach maximizes the life of flash,
significantly reduces power consumption, and provides a deterministic
'emergency write' function, which reduces cost by allowing the on-board
capacitor to be as small as possible. Collectively the file-system
features can result in savings of many 'cents' for each meter, a highly
significant cost reduction in high volume manufacture.
The software is developed using high
quality development methodology and is rigrously compliant with the
MISRA C:2004 coding standard. The HCC 'Smart-meter
File SystemTM' (SMFSTM) requires less than
15kB program memory and less than 1.5kB of RAM (News - Alert) on most 32-bit MCUs.
Metering applications work with well-defined records that are more
suited to a database approach. General-purpose file
systems do not have any cyclic buffer logic for storing records and
this adds complexity to applications. SMFS uses a structured database to
reduce complexity of the application and improve the performance of the
system in almost every way-speed, power consumption, and flash life.
Fail-safe data storage for guaranteed system recovery.
Persistent data storage for 15 years or more.
Minimal power consumption to preserve battery life.
Minimum number of flash operations to preserve both the flash and the
Deterministic behavior in the event of unexpected reset.
SMFS is available immediately for a range of 16 and 32-bit MCUs and
SOCs, and thanks to HCC's Advanced Embedded Framework, can easily
integrate with any RTOS, toolchain or development board.
for more information.
About HCC Embedded
HCC Embedded is a leading supplier of advanced embedded middleware for
storage and communication. Implementation is based on a strong process
that produces robust, target independent software modules. The company
offers an extensive family of products including fail-safe file systems,
IPv4 & IPv6, USB software for host and device, flash translation layers,
and eTaskSync verifiable scheduler. Thanks to the Advanced Embedded
Framework, HCC software will run seamlessly in most embedded
environments regardless of OS, toolchain, or hardware. All HCC Embedded
products are distributed in full source form.
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