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7 November 2008

e2v delivers 10 Millionth ASIC to Itron

e2v  has announced that it has delivered the 10 millionth custom RF Application Specific Integrated Circuit (ASIC) to Itron for use with their  automatic meter reading systems.

e2v is a leading developer and manufacturer of high-technology electronic components and subsystems in  the medical and science, aerospace and defence, and commercial and industrial markets.  Itron is the leading provider of advanced metering technology to the global utility industry.

The ASIC solution developed by e2v for Itron is integrated into Itron’s electricity meters for use with their automatic meter reading systems. Use of this ASIC provides a cost effective means for superior performance in term of RF reading range and reliability.

e2v”s Mixed Signal ASICs (MSA) Business Unit specialises in providing customised solutions for sensor acquisition and radio frequency (RF) communications, and offers customers both reliable and secure long term availability from medium to high volume markets.

“We are proud to be part of Itron”s increasing success in this booming market and, as a supplier of choice, it is key for us to be able to adapt specifications to our customers” requirements while maintaining a superior level of quality” said Franck Berny Marketing Manager at e2v”s MSA business unit.
 “e2v has been an important part of Itron’s growth strategy in RF devices for our single phase and poly phase electric AMR metering products,”  said Lowell Rust, Product Line Manager for Itron’s CENTRON® solid-state electricity meter.


e2v technologies plc

e2v technologies is a leading designer, developer and manufacturer of specialised components and subsystems, falling within two product groups:

  •    Electronic tubes
  •    Sensors and Semiconductors

 These products enable some of the world’s leading OEMs to deliver innovative systems for medical and science, aerospace and defence, and commercial and industrial applications.

For the year ended 31 March 2007, e2v achieved sales of £174m and is listed on the London Stock Exchange (e2v.l).  In July 2006 e2v technologies plc acquired a leading designer, manufacturer and distributor of specialised electronic components and sub-systems, based in Grenoble, France and in May of 2007 e2v plc acquired MiCS Microchemical Systems SA a designer and manufacturer of semiconductor based gas sensors.  These acquisitions strengthen the Group’s position as a major global provider of specialised electronic components and subsystems.

e2v’s products are supplied into three core market areas:

  •    Medical & Science: Sensor technology includes imaging sensors for intra-oral and panoramic dental X-ray, mammography, life science applications and X-ray microscopy. Electronic tubes are the enabling technology behind radiotherapy cancer treatments, microwave medical therapy and high-energy physics.
  •    Aerospace & Defence: Sensor technology includes products for military surveillance, targeting and guidance, space-based imaging and astronomy, radar, electronic warfare, and broadband data converters and microprocessors for aerospace applications.  Electronic tubes provide the enabling technology behind radars, electronic countermeasures (ECM), electronic warfare and satellite communications.
  •    Commercial & Industrial: Sensor technology includes marine radars, industrial safety sensors, automotive radars and alarms, thermal imaging cameras used by fire fighters, CCD and CMOS high resolution line scan cameras for industrial inspection. Electronic tubes provide enabling technology behind TV broadcast, satellite communications, marine radar and food & industrial processing.

The overall purpose of the business is to grow sustainable shareholder value whilst appropriately meeting the expectations of customers, people, partners, suppliers and the wider community.  e2v’s vision is to create value through bright ideas in technology and materials science. The Company’s mission is to place customers at the heart of the business, providing enabling products of premium quality that extend technical barriers and enhance the competitive position of our partners.

e2v has approximately 1,800 employees worldwide with three UK based manufacturing sites in Chelmsford, Lincoln and High Wycombe, one in Grenoble, France and one in Corcelles, Switzerland.  In addition e2v has sales offices in the UK, USA, Germany, France and Hong Kong, as well as a network of distributors and representatives covering other key territories.

Further information on e2v technologies plc is available from its website,

Press contact:
Sylvie Mattei, Communications Manager
Phone: +33 4 76 58 30 25,