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G.hn builds momentum with Marvell chip

By PETER WHITE

Published: 30 September, 2011

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The ghost of Spain's DS2 rides again, as we always knew it would, post-bankruptcy and being acquired by Marvell, in the form of real silicon for G.hn, the three way "no new wires" technology aiming for a foothold in home networks.

John Egan, Manager, Strategic Marketing and Standards at Marvell Semiconductor, and ex of DS2 talked to us this week about a chip which could make all the difference in the survival of the G.hn standard.

"We have silicon now and offer a full design package with it, and we are currently distributing evaluation kits and two reference designs, one for an embedded chip and another for a wall adapter," promised Egan.

All around the show at IBC, technology rivals were claiming that the G.hn plugfest held in Geneva in May, featured no genuine interoperability testing between real chips. We know that Sigma had silicon and so did Lantiq, and Marvell openly admits that it turned up with an FPGA, as did Taiwan's Metanoia. But HomeGrid very specifically pointed out that it was an event for G.hn silicon test platforms, not final silicon.

The HomeGrid, the G.hn fan club, has since announced not only the additions of three new testing events, which will culminate in December with the testing of final silicon for commercial release, but also the addition of Xingtera, a recently added member, to the list of silicon producers, which is also expected to deliver silicon at that point, and a new Israeli member TangoTec.

The specific events are scheduled for a week in October, one in November, and a comprehensive two-week test event in December. This is unusual for a new home network connectivity technology - usually it is dominated by a single silicon vendor such as Intellon in HomePlug and Entropic in MoCA, until volumes are assured.

It is starting to look like G.hn has some measure of momentum, and devices are expected to be out in Q1 2012.

For a full version of this story go to www.rethinkresearch.biz or email peter@rethinkreseach.biz

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