The HomePlug Powerline Alliance board has finalized and unanimously approved the speedy HomePlug AV specification.
Backward compatible with HomePlug 1.0, the AV platform is designed to send multimedia streams, including VoIP and high-definition video, over home networks. It contains an advanced physical layer and a MAC layer that supports scheduled access (TDMA), quality of service guarantees and contention access capabilities.
The baseline technology includes contributions from Arkados, Conexant Systems, Intellon and Sharp. The Alliance plans to present more details on the AV platform at the annual HomePlug conference, scheduled for Sept. 27-28 at the Embassy Suites at the San Francisco Airport.
HomePlug, which uses standard home powerlines to transmit information, competes with next-gen home networking technology such as the Multimedia over Coax Alliance (MoCA) and Home Phoneline Networking Alliance's 3.0 platform.