Zeus is a significant advance in integration and security protection for the smart grid and offers accurate metrology, multiple layers of security, and plenty of processing horsepower.

The new product supports various security and communication requirements and provides meter manufacturers with a platform for development in multiple end markets, the US-based company said.

Maxim Integrated smart grid products business director Kris Ardis said, "By combining metrology, security and communication, we provide a platform for any embedded smart grid equipment that needs to measure, to communicate, and to do it securely. The capabilities in Zeus will give utilities and meter manufacturers a flexible platform that can support tomorrow’s requirements today."

The Zeus platform includes the MAX71616, MAX71617, MAX71636, and MAX71637. It uses a 120MHz ARM Cortex M3 application processor and a 40MHz, 32-bit MAXQ30 microcontroller with DSP support for the metering function.