HomeGrid Forum Announces First G.hn Silicon Certification

HomeGrid Forum Announces First G.hn Silicon Certification 
BEAVERTON, OR -- (Marketwire) -- 12/05/12 --  
News highlights: 

--  HomeGrid Forum announces the Marvell(R) 88LX3142 digital baseband
    processor and the Marvell 88LX2718 baseband analog front-end chipset
    as the first to achieve G.hn silicon Certification by passing rigorous
    testing at HomeGrid's accredited test house, TRaC Global
--  Two other chip vendors are currently in the final stages of preparing
    their silicon for Certification. December System-level Plugfest to
    advance the system test suite and prepare for product Certifications
    to start early in 2013

The HomeGrid Forum today announced that the Marvell silicon chipset
comprised of the 88LX3142 digital baseband processor and the 88LX2718
baseband analog front-end, achieved the first G.hn Certification
awarded under HomeGrid's Compliance & Interoperability program.  
The next step is system testing and certification for those systems
with certified silicon. The first Systems Plugfest occurs 17-21
December at TRaC Global's headquarters in Hull, United Kingdom. All
companies with G.hn working system designs are eligible to attend.  
Tom Starr, Chair of ITU-T's Study Group 15, Working Party 1 and
chairman of the Broadband Forum, said, "There has been a lot of
preparation to arrive at this step, and it is a very significant leap
forward. It will ensure that all G.hn products will be compliant and
interoperable from Day One -- an important consideration for both
Service Providers and ultimately for end users. The Broadband Forum
is proud to have collaborated with HomeGrid on developing the
system-level interoperability test plan." The Broadband Forum is a
global organization that develops testing, management and
architectural specifications for the broadband industry. 
"The unification and increased interoperability of no-new-wires
technologies through G.hn is a positive thing, helping to simplify
and improve the end-user's experience of products featuring such
technology. Annual shipments of G.hn ICs are forecasted to surpass
the 25 million unit mark in 2016," said Liam Quirke, connectivity
analyst for IMS Research (now part of IHS Inc.). 
The HomeGrid Forum's C & I program has been driven by its membership,
ised of a diversity of companies from chip vendors to device
manufacturers, Service Providers, and consumer retail organizations.
Achieving the vision of a high-speed home network that enables high
definition TV delivery anywhere in the home over any wire is at the
forefront of the organization's efforts. 
Matt Theall, President of the HomeGrid Forum, said: "Our aim has
always been to build a robust and effective interoperability test
suite so that G.hn products are recognized for their reliability and
outstanding quality. We have taken a major step forward with this
first silicon certification." 
G.hn is a powerful home-networking standard that enables the delivery
of multichannel HD content throughout the home using existing wires,
including powerline cables, coax and copper wires. A number of HGF
members will be demonstrating the latest advances in G.hn at the
HomeGrid Forum booth (Booth 21906, South Hall 1, Ground Level) at the
CES Show in the Las Vegas Convention Centre January 8-11, 2013. 
G.hn home networking was recently the subject of a Designing Spaces
TV broadcast which can be viewed online at: designingspaces.tv and at
youtube.com or on the HomeGrid Forum website at
About HomeGrid Forum
 HomeGrid Forum (HGF) is an industry alliance
that supports the development and deployment of a unified coaxial,
phoneline, powerline, and plastic optic fiber home networking
technology called G.hn (Gigabit Home Networking). G.hn is based on
standards developed by the UN's International Telecommunications
Union - Telecom (ITU-T) standards development organization. HomeGrid
ensures compliance and interoperability (C&I) of silicon and systems
based on the technology through plugfests and C&I testing. HGF
certification ensures a high level of consumer and Service Provider
confidence in the quality of the certified products. A HomeGrid logo
is issued for certified systems' packaging in the retail market. 
For more information on HomeGrid Forum, please visit
www.homegridforum.org or follow us on
For more information please contact
Sheila Lashford
+44 (0) 7986 514240
or +44 (0) 1636 812152
or by email at pr@homegridforum.org 
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