With the CableHome specification for home networking gear ramping up at CableLabs, the prospects for a flood of new compliant gear are heating up as well.
Chipmaker Conexant and residential gateway software provider Jungo have teamed on a CableHome-based reference design for gear connected over power lines, paving the way for future development of stand-alone gateways based on the HomePlug networking scheme.
The new reference design is based on Conexant's CX82100 home network processor, Conexant's CX11656 HomePlug 1.0 PHY and Jungo's Linux-based OpenRG software suite. Having combined the technologies on a single reference design, CPE makers will be able to develop a gateway that complies with the CableHome specification and uses current powerline technologies to connect local devices. The new reference design also supports connectivity via Ethernet and USB, in addition to the HomePlug transmission protocol.
At CableLabs, the process of certifying devices for CableHome 1.0 is already underway. The current certification wave at CableLabs—wave 24—marks the first to test equipment for official CableHome 1.0 certification. Linksys and NetGear are the first vendors to submit products for testing. CableLabs is expected to release results from that wave on or around Dec. 19.