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Easy-to-use, cost-efficient energy management with Virtual Extension wireless mesh networks and TI technology

TI smart grid solutions are the preferred choice of VEmesh Wireless Mesh Networks

Jun 10, 2009

DALLAS, TX and Givatayim, Israel (June 10, 2009) - Creating a more reliable, simple to install, cost-efficient way to monitor and track energy consumption for utilities, Virtual Extension has selected Texas Instruments Incorporated's (TI) (NYSE: TXN) embedded processing technology as the preferred solution to power its VEmesh Wireless Mesh Networks. TI's ultra-low power microcontroller (MCU) and RF technology helps boost performance, minimize cost, reduce board space and speed time to market of VEmesh network applications. Optimized for applications requiring high performance, such as automated meter reading (AMR), Virtual Extension's innovative Diversity Path Mesh™ technology transmits simultaneously a multitude of radio paths, creating a robust wireless network for 100 percent area coverage. With this technology, utilities can realize savings in terms of data collection, theft prevention, remote operation and prepaid services. For more information, please visit TI's metering microsite at www.ti.com/metering and www.virtual-extension.com.

"By using TI solutions in VEmesh products, next generation wireless network users are able to take advantage of state-of-the-art technology with high reliability, extended range and efficient cost-performance," said Yariv Oren, CEO, Virtual Extension. "This will be increasingly important as Virtual Extension Diversity Path Mesh is adopted as the preferred technology platform for wireless mesh networks."

"TI's MCU and RF technology combined with the high performance of VEmesh products offers customers cutting-edge wireless network solutions," said Mark Buccini, director, metering/AMI, TI. "With our wide-range of optimized solutions, TI is strongly committed to advancing smart metering technology."

TI's broad portfolio drives smarter grid solutions

TI's comprehensive utility metering portfolio includes devices targeted at electricity, water and gas metering, as well as power line communications (PLC) and radio frequency (RF) interfaces for advanced meter infrastructure (AMI) that allow customers to design smart grid solutions. From highly optimized application specific embedded processors, low power RF, power management and RFID, TI offers the most complete solution set for smart metering.

Pricing and availability

The VEmesh Wireless Mesh Networks have been deployed in the US, Europe, Asia and Israel in a variety of applications including electricity, water and gas smart metering, remote highway illumination and lighting, agriculture and irrigation, factory automation, energy and environment, vending machines, security and surveillance, and building automation. The complete line of these solutions is now available in addition to an evaluation kit priced at $2,500 USD. For more information on the VEmesh Wireless Mesh Networks, please visit www.virtual-extension.com.

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