|[January 08, 2013]
HomePlug® Technology Gains Momentum
PORTLAND, Ore. --(Business Wire)--
The HomePlug (News - Alert)® Alliance (www.homeplug.org),
the worldwide industry group for powerline communications networking,
today reports a surge of activity in HomePlug product certifications
throughout 2012. HomePlug certified products are designed to enable a
home's electrical wires to distribute broadband Internet, HD video,
digital music and smart energy applications.
HomePlug operates the most established and robust certification program
for powerline networking, with more than 300 products certified. The
HomePlug Certified logo has become an important industry validation of
reliability, interoperability and ease-of-use for consumers, retailers
and service providers alike.
Before a product can display the HomePlug Certified logo, it must pass
rigorous interoperability testing with other certified products included
in the HomePlug AV test matrix. The certification test matrix includes
products using seven different HomePlug AV chipsets from four vendors:
Broadcom Corporation (News - Alert)
MStar Semiconductor Inc.
Sigma Designs, Inc.
The increase in certification activity is largely the result of the
growing popularity and resulting product sales of HomePlug products
throughout Europe, North America and Asia. "Our research indicates a 39
percent increase in HomePlug product shipments during 2012," said Lee
Ratliff of IHS (News - Alert) iSuppli. "HomePlug AV is an entrenched competitor in the
wirelinehome networking market and is very popular in service provider
triple-play deployments. We expect the success of HomePlug AV to
continue, resulting in a 31 percent compounded annual growth rate from
2012 to 2016."
"I am very optimistic about the future of HomePlug," said Rob Ranck,
president of HomePlug Alliance. "HomePlug product announcements from our
members have become a regular occurrence, and it takes little effort to
find a plethora of HomePlug Certified products online or from a local
retailer. I am encouraged by our members' commitment to high quality
consumer products as well as ongoing support for HomePlug technology and
certification program development."
New Technologies Expand HomePlug's Certification Portfolio:
Throughout 2012, HomePlug launched development of key new
interoperability testing programs, including:
HomePlug AV2: the next generation of interoperable, gigabit-class
powerline networking technology
HomePlug Green PHY: interoperable powerline networking technology for
smart energy and smart home applications that is being adopted by
major automobile manufacturers for electric vehicle connectivity
IEEE (News - Alert) 1905.1: the emerging standard that enables seamless integration
of hybrid home networks that can include HomePlug, Wi-Fi, MoCA and
Additionally, for smart grid and smart energy applications, HomePlug
launched the Consortium for SEP 2 Interoperability (CSEP) in partnership
with the Wi-Fi® and ZigBee® Alliances. For grid-to-meter applications,
HomePlug expects to begin test tool development in 2013 for Netricity
PLC, the certification program for the forthcoming IEEE 1901.2 standard.
About the HomePlug® Alliance
HomePlug® Alliance is a group of 60 companies working together to
develop technology specifications and certification & logo programs for
powerline networking. With over 100 million devices in the market,
HomePlug products are used worldwide by consumers and service providers
to improve home networking performance while expanding coverage and
Visit the HomePlug Alliance website at http://www.homeplug.org
for more information regarding HomePlug Alliance and its family of
technologies and sign up for the HomePlug interest list at http://www.homeplug.org/about/inquiry
to receive updates.
Sponsor members include Broadcom Corporation (BRCM); Cisco (CSCO); Duke
Energy (NYSE: DUK); MStar Semiconductor Inc.; Qualcomm (News - Alert) Atheros, a wholly
owned subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated; Renesas Electronics
Corporation (TSE: 6723); and STMicroelectronics (NYSE: STM).
"HomePlug" is a trademark of the HomePlug Powerline Alliance, Inc. in
the U.S. and other countries. Other names and brands may be claimed as
the property of others.
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