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STMicro's Arkados buy to push HomePlug adoption

Posted: 07 Jul 2011 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:HomePlug? acquisition? intellectual property? semiconductor assets?

STMicroelectronics Inc. has announced that it has completed its acquisition of intellectual property and semiconductor assets from Arkados Inc.

Arkados, a broadband powerline communications provider, entered into a definitive asset purchase agreement with STMicro at the end of 2010.

Arkados is one of the major players in the HomePlug initiative, which focuses on accelerating the development and deployment of convergent digital home networking through the use of power sockets and wiring infrastructure that already exist in the home.

A recent In-Stat market report has identified HomePlug as the market leader for powerline networking solutions. In fact, the HomePlug Alliance has also signed liaison agreements with the Multimedia Over Coax Alliance, the WiFi Alliance and the ZigBee Alliance to promote cooperation and interoperability in home networking.

The In-Stat research forecasts that HomePlug node shipments will surpass 30 million units by 2014. Read more about the report here.

Support for IEEE P1905
The HomePlug Powerline Alliance has announced earlier its support of the IEEE P1905 working group's efforts to define the first standard for hybrid home networks. A P1905 network would include combinations of stationary home networking devices such as set top boxes, home gateways, Blu-Ray players and televisions, and mobile devices such as laptops, tablets and cellphones.

"We believe that the Arkados implementation of the HomePlug technologies offers many advantages in terms of size, simplicity, flexibility and future expandability over other industry proposals. Combining ST's technology with Arkados' expertise in broadband powerline communications will accelerate the widespread adoption of PLC as a backbone for home networks and smart grid," said Carmelo Papa, senior executive vice president and general manager in the industrial and multisegment sector of STMicroelectronics.

- Nicolas Mokhoff
??EE Times

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