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G.hn Gets Approved

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GENEVA -- HomeGrid Forum today announced that the G.hn standard for next-generation wired home networks has been approved by the United Nations International Telecommunication Union (ITU-T) during its Geneva meeting held this week. All three components of the new standard –- the Data Link Layer (G.9961), Physical Layer (G.9960) and coexistence protocol (G.9972) –- are now complete. Numerous manufacturers are expected to bring semiconductors for multimedia home networking to market later this year (see today’s related silicon vendor announcement from HomeGrid Forum). Through this one global standard, consumers will be able to connect and share content of all types over any wire in their homes -- coaxial cable, power lines, and phone lines.

“In an industry cluttered with a host of incompatible technologies, we congratulate the ITU-T for championing one standard that truly delivers anywire connectivity and next-generation performance,” said Matt Theall, president of HomeGrid Forum and technology strategist at Intel Corporation. “G.hn is the only technology platform that supports every wire in the home. We believe that consumer electronics manufacturers, PC companies, and service providers--and every group that works within these markets--will benefit from the commercial availability of this technology as it rolls out later this year.”

In a separate release:

BEAVERTON, Ore. -- Silicon vendors around the world continue to align in support of the International Telecommunication Union’s (ITU-T) G.hn and G.hnem technologies for wired home networking and energy management. Kawasaki Microelectronics America, Inc. and TangoTec are the newest members of HomeGrid Forum, joining leading semiconductor suppliers DS2, Ikanos, Intel, Lantiq, Sigma Designs, and Texas Instruments as backers of the recently approved standard.

“Silicon providers are lining up in support of G.hn because they see the advantage and opportunity made available through one truly global standard technology for multimedia networking in the home,” said Matt Theall, president of HomeGrid Forum and technology strategist at Intel Corporation. “These silicon companies are working to deliver next-generation technology that will enable their customers to better service their markets with future-generation products that are efficient, simpler to deploy, and works over all three wires—coax, phone, and power lines.”

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