The HomePlug Alliance (www.homeplug.org), the worldwide industry group for powerline communications networking, today reports a surge of activity in HomePlug product certifications throughout 2012. HomePlug Certified products are designed to enable a home's electrical wires to distribute broadband Internet, HD video, digital music and smart energy applications.
HomePlug operates the most established and robust certification program for powerline networking, with more than 300 products certified. The HomePlug Certified logo has become an important industry validation of reliability, interoperability and ease-of-use for consumers, retailers and service providers alike.
Before a product can display the HomePlug Certified logo, it must pass rigorous interoperability testing with other Certified products included in the HomePlug AV test matrix. The certification test matrix includes products using seven different HomePlug AV chipsets from four vendors:
- Broadcom Corporation
- MStar Semiconductor Inc.
- Qualcomm Atheros
- Sigma Designs, Inc.
The increase in certification activity is largely the result of the growing popularity and resulting product sales of HomePlug products throughout Europe, North America and Asia. "Our research indicates a 39 percent increase in HomePlug product shipments during 2012," said Lee Ratliff of IHS iSuppli. "HomePlug AV is an entrenched competitor in the wireline home networking market and is very popular in service provider triple-play deployments. We expect the success of HomePlug AV to continue, resulting in a 31 percent compounded annual growth rate from 2012 to 2016."
"I am very optimistic about the future of HomePlug," said Rob Ranck, president of HomePlug Alliance. "HomePlug product announcements from our members have become a regular occurrence, and it takes little effort to find a plethora of HomePlug Certified products online or from a local retailer. I am encouraged by our members' commitment to high quality consumer products as well as ongoing support for HomePlug technology and certification program development."