NORWOOD, Mass., Jan. 17, 2001 (PRNewswire) — Analog Devices, Inc. (NYSE: ADI – news) announced today that it has licensed its SALEM-3T three-phase electronic energy meter reference design to FAE, Ferragens e Aparelhos Eletricos S/A, a Fortaleza, Brazil manufacturer of electro-mechanical watt hour and water meters and measuring and protection systems.

The ADSST-EM-3031 chipset used in the SALEM-3T reference design will be used in a new product line of electronic energy meters. FAE customers for the new meters will include domestic Brazilian utility companies and utility companies in other countries.

“By incorporating the Analog Devices’ ADSST-EM-3031 chipset, we will be able to offer our customers Class 0.5 and Class 0.2 accuracy electronic meters,” said Cristiane Lima, President and CEO of FAE. Our use of the ADSST-EM-3031 enables us to develop a new product line of electronic meters with higher accuracy than our current products.“

“FAE will deliver the benefits of our electronic energy meter chipset to their customers as well as new ones,” said Mike Haidar, general manager, Software & Systems Technology Division, Analog Devices. “This design win confirms the success of our strategy of licensing our chipsets and software to manufacturers in specific markets.”

The Analog Devices’ ADSST-EM-3031 chipset, which forms the basis of the SALEM-3T reference design, features Class 0.5 accuracy and can also be used for Class 0.2 accuracy metering. The current and voltage range on the meter can be adjusted according to the requirements.

About FAE

A joint venture with Mitsubishi Electric, FAE is one of the largest manufacturers of meters in Latin America, having a strong stand in the Brazilian market and many other countries. An ISO-9002-certified manufacturer, FAE’s product lines include watt hour and water meters, circuit breakers, and state-of-the-art measurement and protection systems.

About Analog Devices

With $2.58 billion in revenues for fiscal year 2000, Analog Devices is a leading manufacturer of precision high-performance integrated circuits used in analog and digital signal processing applications. Headquartered in Norwood, Massachusetts, the company employs approximately 9,100 people worldwide and has manufacturing facilities in Massachusetts, California, North Carolina, Ireland, the Philippines and Taiwan. Analog Devices’ stock is listed on the New York Stock Exchange and the company is included in the S&P 500 Index.