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Omron & STMicroelectronics Enable Smarter Gas Metering

GENEVA and KYOTO, Japan — STMicroelectronics (NYSE: STM), a leading supplier of IC solutions for metering applications, and Omron, a world leader in automation technology, today announced that the two companies have collaborated to provide a complete solution for electronic gas meter flow sensors. The flow sensor they have developed is a key component for the smart turn-key gas meter solution that ST is developing.

Like electricity meters some years ago, gas metering is beginning to move from traditional mechanical meters to sophisticated new electronic solutions incorporating functions such as Automatic Meter Reading (AMR). ST estimates that there are some 500 million mechanical gas meters in the world and most major gas providers are preparing programs to replace their traditional meters with more accurate, reliable and efficient electronic meters.

At the heart of the unique cooperation between a leader in metering devices and a leader in automation technology is a proprietary Omron transducer and a companion analog front-end chip developed by ST. These valuable technologies have been integrated into a complete stand-alone subsystem. The resulting flow sensor, which incorporates leading-edge MEMS (Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems) micro-thermal sensor technology, is intrinsically compensated for both temperature and pressure variations, while a built-in circuit compensates for the variation of multiple gas composition. The sensor is dust-resistant to comply with international gas-meter standards.

“Building on our successful collaboration with ST in MEMS microphones, we are confident that this new collaboration will put both partners at the forefront of the emerging market for electronic gas meters,” said Yoshio Sekiguchi, Senior General Manager of the Micro Devices Division of Omron Corporation.

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