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HomePNA 3.1 targets 320 Mbps

Tue, 11/07/2006 - 5:33am
Jeff Baumgartner, CED

HomePNA has released a new set of specs that are designed to deliver data rates of up to 320 Mbps over existing home wiring.

The new HomePNA 3.1 spec, available to alliance members, is designed to distribute video, voice and data services over home phone wireless or coaxial lines.

"With up to 320 Mbps data rates, HomePNA home networks can accommodate the future bandwidth requirements of service providers as they enhance their offerings with additional features and capabilities," said Tom Starr, chairperson of the HomePNA technical committee.

The new spec, which will compete with advanced technologies such as the Multimedia over Coax Alliance, is an enhancement of the HomePNA 3 platform, which was standardized by the ITU in May 2005, and is designed for PHY throughputs of 128 Mbps, or as much as 240 Mbps with "optional extensions."

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