Arkados is a leading player in the HomePlug initiative which is focused on accelerating the development and deployment of convergent digital home networking, which in part can be created by using the 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 addition to being the leader in powerline, the HomePlug Alliance has also signed liaison agreements with the Multimedia Over Coax Alliance, the Wi-Fi Alliance, and the ZigBee Alliance to promote cooperation and interoperability in home networking.
In-Stat research forecasts that HomePlug node shipments will surpass 30 million units by 2014.
"The first HomePlug CE devices will appear around late 2013 in both North America and Europe, and will grow considerably in the European market. This will be a HomePlug celebration and a key milestone in the development of powerline technology," said Vahid Dejwakh, In-Stat analyst.
This research is part of In-Stat’s Connected Digital Home Service, which provides comprehensive analysis and forecasts of the worldwide connected digital home and home networking market.
ST being already a leader in smart metering, gives the company an even stronger position to lead in the future broadband PLC markets, such as home multimedia networking, smart energy applications, and electric-vehicle-to-the-grid communication technologies.
"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, Industrial and Multisegment Sector, STMicroelectronics, in a statement.
The HomePlug Powerline Alliance had 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.
Anybody else care to share their experience with PLC. Seems that carrying data over power lines might be efficient and economical. I wonder about interference though and how that is being handled for individual plugs in the home.
The PLC has been doing pretty well lately. I bought 3 to link up my computers at home to avoid the jitter that introduce by WiFi. I ran a speed test after. It couldn't deliver 100Mbps for sure. Yet, it delivers quite high bandwidth that allow me to watch 720p HD. The only trouble I have is when I want to transfer 2G or 4G of data from my laptop to my desktop. It's taking too long. At the end, my solution is to add 1 more Gigabit Ethernet card on my desktop to speed up the transfer.
In summary, regular Internet browsing, latency sensitive gaming and 720p video watching are doing well with PLC.
Maybe I'm out-dated, I remember the Homeplug (powerline networking) has be around for many years but it was not wide spread so far. I've bought 2 several years ago to try to link up my computers in reading to the broadband router at my living room without the use of wireless connection or re-route a cat-5 cable. However, the homeplug just didn't work well. We were told the network was not stable as I have connected my home theatre (audio amplifier in general) to the power socket nearby my modem. Guess what happen then? I turned to set up a wireless network. I'm not sure if the technology has advanced so much that some people has picked it up again.
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