The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) announces it is working to establish a single standard for high data-rate home networking using the powerlines already installed in every home. Recognizing the need for a baseline technology standard, CEA has invited integrated home systems industry stakeholders to participate in the creation of a standard for residential powerline networks, to be completed by the end of the year. CEA’s R7 Networking Committee has been laboring since the beginning of 2000 to develop a standard for high data-rate powerline carrier communications (PLC) in the home. The members of the committee include a number of leading PLC technology companies as well as key companies in the consumer electronics and home networking industries.

“CEA is working toward the goal of a single standard, to be completed by the end of this year, that supports the needs of the audio, video, PC and telephony industries. The home networking industry is looking to avoid the conflicting standards on the powerline that could lead to confusion in the market and a delay in the availability of the powerlines for networking appliances in the home,” says Bill Rose, vice president of Electronic Engineering at the Leviton Manufacturing Co. and chair of the R7 Home Networking Committee. “As an internationally recognized Standards Developing Organization (SDO), CEA welcomes all interested companies and consortiums to participate in the process.”

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