06.01.15

HomePlug Alliance Announces HomePlug AV2 MIMO Product Certification

The HomePlug Alliance, the worldwide industry group for powerline communications networking, has announced the first HomePlug AV2 Certifi...

The HomePlug Alliance, the worldwide industry group for powerline communications networking, has announced the first HomePlug AV2 Certified products and availability of the HomePlug AV2 Certification program for powerline home networking products. HomePlug Alliance Sponsor members Broadcom and Qualcomm Atheros, Inc., a subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated, as well as participant members D-Link and LEA Networks are supporting the launch with products in the interoperability test bed and a demo in the HomePlug Alliance meeting room at 2015 International CES, January 6-9, in Las Vegas, Nevada. “HomePlug AV2 MIMO (multiple-input and multiple-output) products are available now in retail stores worldwide, and many service providers are expected to include HomePlug AV2 MIMO technology in IPTV offerings,” says Rob Ranck, president, HomePlug Alliance. “With MIMO technology, the next generation of HomePlug technology has arrived, delivering much higher data throughput and coverage. The HomePlug AV2 Certification program maximizes multivendor product interoperability, resulting in improved quality of products at lower costs to consumers and service providers.” “More mobile devices in the home, the coming of Ultra HD Video, and an expected 33% compound annual growth in Smart Home intelligent systems through 2019 are all combining to drive demand for greater bandwidth in the home,” says Michael Palma, Research Director with IDC. “HomePlug AV2 is an important advancement for hybrid home networking technology, and will help satisfy our growing appetite for content, apps, and IoT applications.” Some of the key advancements of HomePlug AV2 technology include: Ideal backbone for hybrid home networks that must evolve to carry large amounts of data for Ultra HD -Video and IoT applications Support for MIMO with beamforming - Doubles rate coverage Whole-home coverage with repeater functionality Power save modes (Active, Standby and Idle) Complete interoperability without degradation with HomePlug AV and HomePlug Green PHY devices Enhanced support for Multiple Dwelling Unit (apartment) environments to maximize throughput of neighboring networks www.homeplug.org