Expanded Board Strengthens HomePlug’s Drive for Industry Unification
Tue, 05/12/2009 - 7:15am
PORTLAND, Ore. (BUSINESS WIRE) -- The HomePlug® Powerline Alliance, the world’s leading trade association for powerline communications and key promoter of global unification for powerline technologies, today announced the addition of Gigle Semiconductor, Intellon Corporation, NEC Electronics Corporation and SPiDCOM Technologies to the organization’s Board of Directors. Additionally, all four companies have signed on as Sponsor Members to the Alliance, the highest level of membership available. With more than 70 member companies, an installed base with over 27 million units shipped, the industry’s only comprehensive certification program, and the recent adoption of HomePlug AV as baseline technology for multiple international standards, the HomePlug Powerline Alliance has established itself as the clear global leader for powerline networking.
Through its Smart Energy Initiative, HomePlug is focusing on adopting communications and networking technologies to help consumers monitor and reduce their energy consumption. The HomePlug alliance is actively collaborating with utility companies and the ZigBee® Alliance to help build the Home Area Network (HAN) ecosystem that enables intelligent energy management and efficiency in the home and small businesses.
“Powerline technology is essential to the successful rollout of HD IPTV solutions to our customers,” said Fabrice Amand, livebox inlife marketing manager for France Telecom-Orange, a member and key contributor to the HomePlug Powerline Alliance, ITU G.hn and IEEE P1901. "We welcome the new Board members and the recent announcements of multiple silicon sources for HomePlug, a key element for operators.”
“Reliable and cost-effective communication technologies are key for designers looking to develop smart-energy products, and standardization will be key to achieving mainstream adoption,” said Kazu Yamada, vice president, custom SOC solutions strategic business unit, NEC Electronics America, Inc. “By joining the HomePlug Powerline Alliance, NEC Electronics reaffirms its commitment to provide standardized and cost-effective connectivity solutions for applications in energy management such as smart metering, home area networks and building automation.”
Founded in 2000, the HomePlug Powerline Alliance, Inc. is an industry-led initiative with more than 70 member companies that creates specifications and certification logo programs for using the powerlines for reliable home networking and smart energy applications. The Alliance accelerates worldwide adoption for HomePlug technology by collaborating with international standards organizations such as IEEE and through market development and user education programs. Sponsor members include Cisco (CSCO); Comcast (CMCSK); GE Energy, an affiliate of General Electric Co. (NYSE:GE); Gigle Semiconductor; Intellon Corporation (ITLN); Intel Corporation (INTC); Motorola (MOT); NEC Electronics Corporation (TSE:6723); and SPiDCOM Technologies. Contributor members include Arkados (OTCBB:AKDS); Corporate Systems Engineering; Renesas Technology Corp., Texas Instruments Incorporated (NYSE:TXN) and Yitran Communications Ltd. For more information on the HomePlug Powerline Alliance, please visit www.homeplug.org.