Tuesday, January 5, 2010

HomePlug "Green PHY" Targets Smart Grid Applications

The HomePlug Powerline Alliance expects finalization of the HomePlug "Green PHY" (HomePlug GP) specification in the first quarter of 2010. HomePlug GP is a low power, cost-optimized powerline networking specification targeting Smart Grid applications such as HVAC, smart meters, home appliances and plug-in electric hybrid vehicles. HomePlug GP has been developed with direct input from major utility companies like Consumers Energy, Duke Energy, Pacific Gas & Electric, and Southern California Edison.

The HomePlug Powerline Alliance estimates that HomePlug GP power consumption is estimated to be 75 percent less than an AV chip with similar cost savings projected. Certified chips and products are expected to ship in early 2011. Products based on HomePlug GP will be fully interoperable with both HomePlug AV products. The forthcoming HomePlug AV2 specification, designed for next generation broadband speed applications, maintains this family interoperability.

HomePlug GP is developed as a profile of the IEEE 1901 powerline communications standard and will be included in HomePlug's Compliance and Interoperability Certification Logo program.