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HomeGrid Forum seeks standard for networking digital content

Posted: 02 May 2008 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

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Infineon Technologies, Intel, Panasonic and Texas Instruments have banded together to establish the HomeGrid Forum, which aims to promote a single, next-generation standard for networking digital content, such as movies, music and pictures, over home wiring.

The forum will be a companion to ITU-T working group, supporting the interests of service providers, consumer electronics manufacturers, PC OEMs and other networking companies to create a single MAC and PHY protocol for transporting multimedia across a home's existing wiring to include coaxial cable, power lines and phone lines.

"HomeGrid Forum was created to support the development of a single standard for transmitting multimedia over coax, power and phone lines," said Matthew Theall, president of HomeGrid Forum. "The forum will promote HomeGrid-certified products and ensure interoperability."

"A single, unified technology for multimedia networks over power lines, coaxial cable, and phone lines has the potential to enable a simple, easy-to-use means of networking devices together in the home," said Kurt Scherf, analyst with market analyst firm Parks Associates.

Three work groups have been establishedan ITU-T contribution work group, a compliance and interoperability work group to ensure that any product with a HomeGrid logo will work reliably in customers' homes, and a marketing work group to promote HomeGrid-certified products worldwide.

HomeGrid Forum has 11 founding members. Infineon, Intel, Panasonic and TI will serve on the board of directors. Aware Inc., DS2, Gigle Semiconductor and Pulse~LINK will serve as promoters; and Ikanos Communications Inc., Sigma Designs and Westell will serve as contributors.

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