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UPA, HomeGrid to Support Wireline Standard

London, UK — Universal Powerline Association (UPA), a leading industry consortium providing a forum for the development of interoperable and open specifications to cover all Powerline markets and applications, and the HomeGrid Forum a global, non-profit trade group promoting International Telecommunication Union’s Standardization Sector (ITU-T) standardization efforts for multimedia over coax, power and phone lines announce the signing of a memorandum of understanding for the joint research, development, and commercialization of networking technologies and products ensuring coexistence, interoperability, and specification compliance.

Under the multi-year MOU, the UPA which last year began development of PowerMAX, its next generation specification process for 400Mbps+ Powerline Communications networking and HomeGrid Forum commit to cooperating to create a single MAC and PHY protocol for transporting multimedia across a home’s existing wiring to benefit consumers globally. In December 2008 the standard group reached consensus on a single PHY protocol for next generation wireline technologies.

The UPA and HomeGrid Forum will conduct activities in the areas of:

1. Researching and development of compliance and interoperability tools;
2. Test processes, & procedures for developing coexistence and compatibility between UPA based powerline technologies and other wired technologies
3. R&D of coexistence mechanisms that enable compatibility between multiple wired technologies
4. R&D of coexistence mechanisms that enable compatibility between multiple in-home wired technologies and access technologies.
5. Joint marketing of UPA and HomeGrid based networking technologies

“This alliance will combine the technical and marketing capabilities of both organizations and its international members allowing the ability to successfully meet market challenges and to further enhance interoperable and coexistent networking technologies for the benefit of consumers worldwide” stated Daniel Drolet, Chairman of the UPA. “The UPA sees the HomeGrid Forum as an excellent catalyst to driving a single standard for the next generation home network and we are happy to contribute to that effort.”

President of the HomeGrid Forum, Matt Theall, Intel Corporation stated, “HomeGrid’s goal of a single specification and standard for 1 Gbps home networking on all wires: coax, electrical lines, and phone lines will greatly benefit from the UPA’s contributions given their broad experience and worldwide deployments of Powerline and Coaxial networking devices.”