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Netgear has introduced new powerline gear capable of distributing high-definition video over home networks.

The entrant, developed in conjunction with chipmaker Design of Systems on Silicon (DS2), can deliver speeds up to 200 Mbps, the companies claim. The platform also supports QoS for latency-sensitive apps such as video.

Netgear plans to begin shipments in Q2 2006.

Because it's proprietary, the system is viewed as a precursor of standard HomePlug AV, which aims to support 200 Mbps at the PHY layer, and greater than 100 Mbps in the MAC layer. HomePlug AV obtained approval from the HomePlug board last August.

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