6 Mar 2006
San Ramon, Calif. - March 6, 2006 - The HomePlug® Powerline Alliance today announced HomePlug AV products, membership growth and ramp up in product shipments year over year. Two member companies, Aztech Systems Ltd and devolo AG, recently announced devices that support the HomePlug AV specification. The HomePlug Powerline Alliance anticipates that dozens of end-user HomePlug AV products will be available by the end of 2006.
HomePlug AV (200Mbps) is a high-speed, cost effective method of distributing audio, video (including multiple streams of HDTV) and data in the home without new wires. Multiple silicon vendors, including Arkados, Conexant, Intellon and Spidcom are expected to ship HomePlug AV chips.
“These HomePlug AV silicon and product announcements signify that members will soon be deploying the first of millions of products that will be shipped to customers worldwide,” said Matt McRae, senior director of worldwide business development at Cisco-Linksys. “HomePlug members have joined this alliance because it is the only open-standards based powerline group offering a robust compliance and interoperability program, industry interoperability plugfests and coexistence with millions of HomePlug products already in the market. The alliance is also working in the IEEE and ETSI to achieve a global interoperability and coexistence mechanism. With this program, consumers can be sure the powerline products they use in their home meet stringent requirements to guarantee they work well together. The HomePlug Alliance is the only powerline organization with a comprehensive program in place to deliver all these ingredients.”
Since August 2005, Alliance membership has grown more than 30 percent, totaling 65 member companies. Further, more than 4.5 million HomePlug 1.0 chipsets have been shipped to date, with volume deployment at an all time high of more than 20 service providers worldwide. The volume of new HomePlug products available is increasing at a rate of 1 million units per quarter.
“We expect our membership and HomePlug-enabled product shipments to continue their upward spiral, as the HomePlug technology adoption rate increases worldwide in 2006,” said Matthew Theall, president of the HomePlug Powerline Alliance. “The HomePlug Powerline Alliance is the only organization driving true open powerline communications standards, and that has been the driving force of our success.”
In 2006, the HomePlug Alliance has made significant progress with its HomePlug Command & Control (HPCC) and HomePlug Broadband over Powerline (BPL) specifications:
The HomePlug® Powerline Alliance recently announced a robust compliance, interoperability and coexistence program. To set the framework for an excellent consumer experience, this strategy includes a certification process, a Plugfest event and proactive efforts to maintain coexistence and interoperability with existing products and other powerline standards.
Companies interested in receiving information about the HomePlug Powerline Alliance are invited to contact Executive Director Rob Ranck (firstname.lastname@example.org) for details on membership and activities.