OPERA

Open PLC European Research Alliance

Open PLC European Research Alliance

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Site: www.ist-opera.org

OPERA is the Open PLC European Research Alliance for new generation PLC integrated network. OPERA is a R&D Project with a budget of about 20 Million Euros, including a funding of 9 Million Euros from the European Commission (DG Information Society, IST Programme).


Main Objectives

PLC, Power Line Communication, is a technology able to use the current electricity networks for data transmission purposes, allowing any user connected to the power grid to enjoy a number of services (Internet, telephony, TV, etc…) easily and avoiding expensive and pollutant new wiring.

This desirable technology has not been properly developed up to now. The main objective of the present Project is to perform the necessary research, demonstration and dissemination at an European scale in order to overcome the obstacles for the PLC technology, allowing European citizens to enjoy its advantages.

The scientific and technological objectives of the Project are summarised hereafter:

  • Improve current Power Line Communication (PLC) systems - covering low voltage (LV) as well as medium voltage (MV) PLC system and looking at bandwidth, reach, ease of operation, EMC (electromagnetic compatibility), network management, channel modelling. Objectives relate to conditioning the power grid (using couplers and filters) and improving PLC equipment,
  • Develop optimal solutions for connection of the PLC access networks to the backbone networks. The objective in this area is to create well-adapted backbone solutions (LMDS, satellite, MV PLC, etc.). The main aim is to reach all end users independently of where they are,
  • Develop “ready to sell services” over PLC technology and design or improve low cost user terminals.

News Search Results for Open PLC European Research Alliance

EU support launch of OPERA® Phase II to boost adoption of low cost Broadband over Powerline applications

21 Feb 2007

The OPERA specification is the global solution for Access BPL

Madrid, 21, February, 2007 - OPERA, the Open PLC European Research Alliance for a new generation of Powerline Communications integrated network technology today announced that the European Commission has approved financing of Euro 9.06 million to support extended field deployments based on an open specification for access Broadband over Powerline (BPL) applications.

A Conversation With Victor Dominguez Richards, Strategy and Standardizing Director at DS2

22 Jun 2006

Victor Dominguez Richards, a co-founder and current strategy and standardization director of the Spain-headquartered chip-design startup Design of Systems on Silicon (DS2) SA, always looks confident when he tells the story of how a small company like his can dominate the industry standards for chipsets that enable communications over electrical lines in home networking applications.

DS2 Announced as the Net-atHome™2006 Privilege Sponsor

22 May 2006

May 22, 2006 - Homega Research is very proud to welcome DS2 as its exclusive Privilege Sponsor for Net-atHome™2006. Stay tuned for more details concerning the DS2 keynote speaker and exhibition highlights!

UPA Approves Powerline Specification For Home Networking: Plug Tested Products On Display At CeBIT

9 Mar 2006

Hanover, Germany - 9th March 2006 - The Universal Powerline Association (UPA), an international association working to promote global standards and regulations in the rapidly developing powerline communications market, today announced the completion of the first version of its “Digital Home Standard” (DHS) high-speed powerline networking specification.

NETGEAR® Teams with DS2 to Bring 200 Mbps Powerline HD Solution to Market

22 Feb 2006

Innovative Powerline Technology from NETGEAR and DS2 Enables High-Quality, High-Definition Video Streaming for the Digital Home

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - February 22, 2006 - NETGEAR®, Inc. (Nasdaq: NTGR), a worldwide provider of technologically advanced, branded networking products, and Design of Systems on Silicon (DS2), a leading supplier for Powerline communications chipsets, today announced that they are teaming to deliver 200 Mbps Powerline HD technology that will make it possible for consumers to have an affordable, high-performance, high-quality broadband connection available anywhere in the home without the need to run any cabling between rooms.

OPERA® Approves First Specification for Powerline Communications Access

21 Feb 2006

Global Milestone Will Lead to the Production of Multiple Sources of Silicon and Standard, Interoperable PLC Equipment. Design of Systems on Silicon (DS2) Technology Selected as Baseline for Specification.

Madrid, 21st February 2006 - The Open PLC European Research Alliance (OPERA) today announced the development and approval of the first open global specification for Powerline Communications (PLC) access, also known as Broadband over Powerline (BPL).

UPA Welcomes New Members and Declares 2006 Plan for Powerline Standards

11 Jan 2006

Universal Powerline Association to Provide Basis for International Standardization for Broadband Access and AV Home Networking

Las Vegas - January 11, 2006 - The Universal Powerline Association (UPA) today unveiled its work program for 2006 at its annual general meeting. The group intends to build on the coexistence specification published in 2005 and to further promote the capabilities of powerline communications (PLC) to deliver global solutions for broadband access and home networking.

DS2 Receives Technology Leadership Award for its Continued Innovation in the Broadband Over Power Line Markets

15 Nov 2005

Frost & Sullivan's recent research service, North American Broadband Over Power Lines Markets, selected Design of Systems on Silicon (DS2) as the recipient of the 2005 Technology Leadership Award for its long-standing and on-going contributions to the development of cutting-edge technologies and products in the Broadband over Power Line (BPL) market.

DS2, Mitsubishi, Schneider Electric, Sumitomo, Ascom, EdP and Corinex Align behind OPERA Powerline Standard

7 Nov 2005

DS2, the leading supplier for Powerline communications chipsets, has announced its commitment to support standardised Powerline products based on the OPERA Specification to provide broadband subscriber services over electrical infrastructure.

OPERA to Release Open Powerline Specification by the end of 2005

14 Oct 2005

Brussels 14th October 2005 - OPERA (Open PLC European Research Alliance) will publicly release a specification for Powerline Communications by the end of the year.


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