The HomePlug Powerline Alliance—38 industry leaders working together to offer consumers a simple way to transform home electrical wiring into high-speed networks—announces that it has chosen Intellon‘s high-speed powerline networking technology as the baseline upon which to build the alliance’s first-generation specification. The crucial first step in HomePlug’s vision of the connected home, the baseline provides for a clear compatibility blueprint that will guide HomePlug’s member companies as they work to realize the alliance’s goal of rapidly developing and adopting cost-effective, interoperable home powerline networks and products. When finalized, the initial HomePlug specification will provide a sturdy, simple-to-use 10Mbps powerline networking standard to support a range of products for the gaming, consumer electronics, voice telephony and PC markets.

“Barely two months into this collaboration, HomePlug is already moving rapidly to make networking almost any electronic device as simple as plugging in an alarm clock,” says Alberto Mantovani, president of HomePlug. “We expect the alliance will gain members and momentum this year as it field-tests the chosen technology, finalizes the initial specification, and sets up a testing laboratory to certify HomePlug-compliant products for the consumer market.” For more information, visit http://www.homeplug.org.

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