|[January 07, 2014]
HomePlug Expands Globally with New Members to the Alliance
LAS VEGAS --(Business Wire)--
The HomePlug (News - Alert)® Alliance (www.homeplug.org),
the worldwide industry group for powerline communications networking, is
pleased to announce the addition of new member companies. The new
members underscore the global reach of HomePlug™ technology and the
increased opportunity presented by expanding applications.
"During the last few years, we extended our scope to include
gigabit-class powerline networking, smart home/IoT applications, hybrid
home networking, and meter- to-grid narrowband applications, by way of
HomePlug™ AV2, HomePlug Green PHY™, Netricity™ and our investment in the
nVoy™ technology program," said Rob Ranck, HomePlug's President. "We are
happy to see such a broad set of new companies join in support of the
Alliance as we expand the capabilities of, and market for, HomePlug
HomePlug's new members include:
BMW Technology Corporation
Hisense (News - Alert)
China Academy of Telecommunication Research (CATR)
Underwriters Laboratories (UL) Verification Services, Inc.
Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Institute (ASTRI)
"BMW has joined other major automakers supporting the HomePlug Green PHY
specification for electric vehicle charging technology," said Cliff
Fietzek, Manager of BMW Connected eMobility. "As the market for Plug-in
Electric Vehicles (PEVs) continues to grow, the need for standardized
communications between PEVs and charging stations becomes increasingly
important. We are happy to add our support of the HomePlug Alliance by
becoming a member."
"isense was the first company to embed HomePlug technology directly
into TVs and air conditioning units, bringing high-speed wired
connections to devices without the need for adapters," said Dr. Yangyang
Li, Technical Director, Digital Home, Hisense. "We are happy to bring
our expertise regarding the embedded PLC market to HomePlug Alliance as
the industry moves toward new phase of growth."
Texas Instruments (News - Alert)
"Texas Instruments (TI) is pleased to join The HomePlug Alliance as it
experiences a major surge in activity with the Netricity certification
program for outside-the-home smart metering and distribution automation
applications," said Markus Staeblein, General Manager, Smart Grid
Solutions, TI. "We are committed to working with HomePlug on the
Netricity certification program to improve smart metering, grid
infrastructure and industrial control applications."
CATR participated in HomePlug's Connected Home Summits in November, and
HomePlug announced that CATR would be providing nVoy certifications in
China for hybrid home networking products implementing the IEEE (News - Alert) 1905.1
standard. Mr. Xiao Li, Deputy Director, CATR stated, "CATR is eager to
start certifying HomePlug™, MoCA®, and Wi-Fi™ products
implementing nVoy technology. We are invested in the future of hybrid
home networking and are eager to help bring these products to market in
China, where the potential growth for home networking technologies is
UL Verification Services, Inc.
Mike Kuo, General Manager, UL Verification Services, Inc. stated, "We
look forward to providing our testing and verification services for
products implementing Smart Energy Profile 2 (SEP 2). As HomePlug
continues their work with the Consortium for SEP 2 Interoperability
(CSEP), we are excited to be involved on the ground level in developing
the testing processes for certifying SEP 2 interoperability."
About the HomePlug®
HomePlug® Alliance is a group of about 60 companies working
together to develop technology specifications and certification & logo
programs for powerline networking. With over 100 million devices in the
market, HomePlug products are used worldwide by consumers and service
providers to improve home networking performance while expanding
coverage and Wi-Fi mobility.
HomePlug technology enables a home's electrical wires to distribute
broadband Internet, HD video, digital music and smart energy
applications within the home, as well as enables narrow-band
communications outside the home.
Visit the HomePlug Alliance website at http://www.homeplug.org
for more information regarding HomePlug Alliance and its family of
technologies, and sign up for the HomePlug interest list at http://www.homeplug.org/about/inquiry
to receive updates.
Sponsor members include Broadcom Corporation (NASDAQ: BRCM); Cisco
(CSCO); Duke Energy (NYSE: DUK); MStar Semiconductor Inc.; Qualcomm
Atheros (News - Alert), a wholly owned subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated; and
STMicroelectronics (NYSE: STM).
"HomePlug" is a trademark of the HomePlug Powerline Alliance, Inc. in
the U.S. and other countries. Other names and brands may be claimed as
the property of others.
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