Chip vendor Broadcom is now a sponsor member of the HomePlug Powerline Alliance and has appointed a director to the Alliance's board of directors.
"Broadcom is a well-known leader and innovator in the communications semiconductor market, and having them join our board clearly strengthens our organization," said Rob Ranck, president of the HomePlug Powerline Alliance. "Having Broadcom enter the powerline networking market with HomePlug chips will accelerate adoption of the HomePlug technology family and add a powerful new dynamic to the market."
Broadcom acquired powerline networking chip designer Gigle Networks for about $75 million in November.
"Adding powerline technology to our current line of home networking technologies including Ethernet, Wi-Fi, MoCA and DLNA allows us to offer service providers and consumer electronics manufacturers a complete set of options to deploy a whole-home connected environment," said Dan Marotta, executive vice president and general manager of Broadcom's Broadband Communications Group.