MANHASSTE, NY --STMicroelectronics has completed its acquisition of the semiconductor assets and intellectual property of Arkados, a broadband powerline communications provider.
Arkados had entered into a definitive asset purchase agreement to sell its semiconductor business to STMicroelectronics at the end of last year.
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.