STMicroelectronics announced that its new STarGRIDT ST7590 power-line communication (PLC) System-on-Chip (SoC) is being used in advanced Automatic Meter Management (AMM) equipment in the new ‘STAR Project' in Spain. Based on the PRIME (PoweRline Intelligent Metering Evolution) standard, the ‘STAR Project' is the advanced metering infrastructure program from the IBERDROLA utility company. By early 2011, approximately 100,000 PRIME-compliant smart meters will have been installed by IBERDOLA in the city of Castellon in Spain in the first deployment. More than 10 million are expected to be deployed over the next few years in Spain. The AMM equipment that employs ST's STarGRID ST7590 SoC has passed all PRIME-compliancy certification tests, performed by KEMA, the international certification body. The ST7590 SoC is the latest device in ST's STarGRID family, which offers a flexible, scalable and future-proof power-line communication platform that can be easily adapted to different smart-grid application needs and protocol standards. In addition, the platform optimizes power consumption and system cost significantly more effectively than solutions based on multi-purpose stand-alone DSPs which require additional external Analog Front End and Power Line Driver components.