For release: 09 Jan 2012
HomePlug® Powerline Alliance Supports Important IEEE 1905.1 Milestone in the Development of Hybrid Networking
First Standard Unifying IEEE 1901 / HomePlug, Wi-Fi®, MoCA® and Ethernet Moves to Product Design Stage
Portland, Ore. - January 9, 2012 - The HomePlug® Powerline Alliance (www.homeplug.org), the world's leading industry group for powerline networking, congratulates the IEEE 1905.1 Working Group on its unanimous approval of the much anticipated Hybrid Networking (P1905.1) draft standard. This is the first and only industry standard that combines the mobility of wireless with the performance of wires to enable the next-generation networked home. The HomePlug Alliance is pleased that the IEEE 1901 powerline networking standard utilizing HomePlug technology is featured in IEEE 1905.1 and is committed to supporting the certification, interoperability and promotion of hybrid networking products.
IEEE 1905.1 is a software abstraction layer that will be designed into stationary devices such as game consoles, network attached storage devices, Blu-Ray players, televisions, set top boxes and broadband routers, as well as mobile devices such as laptops, tablets and smartphones to enable a single hybrid network in the home. By leveraging widely adopted standards including the IEEE 802.11 standards for Wi-Fi, IEEE 802.3 for Ethernet, IEEE 1901 for Powerline and MoCA for Coaxial Cables, the 1905.1 standard also enables compliant products to work seamlessly with existing products in the market. 1905.1's common interface enables applications and upper layer protocols to be "agnostic" to the underlying home networking technologies, and data packets can be communicated according to quality of service (QoS) priorities. IEEE 1905.1 also simplifies network setup by providing common procedures for adding devices, establishing secure links and managing the network.
IEEE 1905.1 has broad industry support across service providers, product manufacturers and silicon manufacturers. The stability of the draft standard enables companies to confidently begin designing IEEE 1905.1 draft-compliant hybrid products now, that will allow consumers to enjoy the best of wired and wireless home networks. Given the technology operates as a software layer, consumers are likely to see these benefits in the near term based on an expectation of significantly reduced time to market. More information about IEEE 1905.1 can be found at http://grouper.ieee.org/groups/1905/1/.
"Consumers want the best of both worlds - the in-home mobility of wireless and the reliability and coverage of wired networks - so creating a single industry standard for hybrid networking is a significant step forward. This will provide the capability for service providers, product manufacturers and retailers to offer more interoperable solutions to customers, reducing the complexity and cost of network installations," said Paul Houzé of France Telecom-Orange and chair of the IEEE 1905.1 Working Group.
"Hybrid products that combine Wi-Fi, HomePlug, MoCA or Ethernet technologies are already sold in many retail stores today. The IEEE 1905.1 standard enables seamless communication from one medium to another and is an important step towards mass deployment of hybrid networking products," comments Rob Ranck, president of the HomePlug Powerline Alliance.
"IEEE 1905.1 represents the harmonization of the best technologies to accommodate the variety of devices and services demanded by consumers," said Charles Cerino, president of the Multimedia over Coax Alliance (MoCA). "This is where the world is going and all the important players and technologies are now united to deliver the flexibility and the quality expected.
"The dream of having a dynamic home network that seamlessly combines existing wired and wireless topologies to connect devices throughout the home has been an obvious but elusive goal for a very long time," said Norm Bogen, analyst with In-Stat. "IEEE 1905.1 takes a big step in making that dream a reality by solving the underlying interoperability issues between Wi-Fi, Coax, Ethernet, and HomePlug/IEEE 1901 powerline networks in the home."
About the HomePlug® Powerline Alliance
The HomePlug Powerline Alliance, Inc. (www.homeplug.org) is an industry-led initiative with 65 member companies that creates specifications, marketing and certification programs to accelerate worldwide adoption of powerline networking with HomePlug technology. With HomePlug technology, the electrical wires in the home can now distribute broadband Internet, HD video, digital music and smart energy applications.
The Alliance works with key stakeholders to ensure HomePlug specifications are designed to meet the requirements of IPTV service providers, power utilities, equipment and appliance manufacturers, consumer electronics and other constituents. The HomePlug Certified Logo program is the powerline networking industry's largest Compliance and Interoperability Certification Program and the program has certified over 270 devices.
Sponsor members include Broadcom Corporation (BRCM); Cisco (CSCO); Duke Energy (NYSE: DUK); GE Energy, an affiliate of General Electric Co. (NYSE: GE); MStar Semiconductor Inc.; Qualcomm Atheros, a wholly owned subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated; Renesas Electronics Corporation (TSE: 6723); 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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