Sunday, March 5, 2006

HomePlug Powerline Alliance Sets Baseline for Command and Control Spec

The HomePlug Powerline Alliance announced today that the baseline technology for its HomePlug Command and Control specification was awarded to Yitran Communications. Nine companies had responded to the Alliance's open call for technology proponents. The criteria for comparing the technologies were based on a Market Requirements Document (MRD) developed by the member companies.

According to the Alliance's standard process, the next steps include the formation of a Specification Working Group to build and refine the HomePlug Command & Control MAC/PHY technology. The working group will write the specification to ensure that silicon companies worldwide can create HomePlug-compliant implementations.

Separately, The HomePlug Powerline Alliance announced the first HomePlug AV products, from Aztech Systems Ltd and devolo AG. HomePlug AV (200Mbps) is a method of distributing audio, video (including multiple streams of HDTV) and data in the home without new wires. Multiple silicon vendors, including Arkados Inc., Conexant Systems, Inc., Intellon Corporation and SPiDCOM Technologies are expected to ship HomePlug AV chips.

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