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HomePlug Technology Incorporate IEEE P1901 Standard Baseline

December 22, 2008

The HomePlug Powerline Alliance has announced that the IEEE P1901 Working Group have approved proposals including key HomePlug technology as the baseline for an IEEE powerline communications standard. The balloting took place Thursday at the P1901 Working Group meeting in Kyoto, Japan.

“Confirming the baseline technology for the P1901 draft standard is a significant achievement for the HomePlug Alliance and the entire powerline communications industry,” said Rob Ranck, president of the HomePlug Powerline Alliance. “The formation of a ubiquitous IEEE standard will help to unite the industry, create even faster market growth and provide strong benefits to the consumer.”
The HomePlug Powerline Alliance is an industry-led initiative established to create specifications and certification logo programs for using the powerlines within homes for simple, reliable networking. The Alliance accelerates worldwide adoption for HomePlug technology through market development and user education programs.
For more than a year of intense effort among technical representatives from over 50 companies and organizations, including many members of the HomePlug Alliance, the P1901 standard will reflect the technology and serve the needs of the powerline communications industry as a whole.
Already multiple semiconductor vendors have announced plans to deliver integrated circuits (ICs) based on the P1901 standard. HomePlug Alliance expects products based on the draft of the IEEE P1901 specification will be introduced by multiple HomePlug member companies well in advance of final ratification of the P1901 standard.
Company officials stated, as previously announced that the “HomePlug Alliance plans to provide a comprehensive compliance and interoperability (C&I) certification program for products based on the IEEE P1901 standard. This program will benefit HomePlug members and consumers by ensuring reliable interoperable products will be available from multiple suppliers.”

Jessica Kostek is a channel editor for unified communications, covering VoIP, CRM, call center and wireless technologies. To read more of Jessica’s articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Jessica Kostek

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