The availability of faster, more reliable home networks over any wire (powerline, coax and phone lines) was given a major global boost this week as the HomeGrid Forum launched its Certification Program during Computex in Taipei, Taiwan. Silicon vendors can now register with HomeGrid Forum’s official G.hn Test & Certification lab, TRaC Global, to schedule the rigorous Compliance & Interoperability testing required to achieve HomeGrid Certification.
At least six silicon companies are expected to submit their products for testing this year. Certified silicon is a prerequisite for system certification. Silicon certification enables PC and appliance manufacturers, service provider OEMs, and consumer electronics companies who have developed G.hn systems to have them tested for interoperability, performance, and EMI according to the HomeGrid Certification requirements. A full set of Certification documents are now available to all HomeGrid members.
The announcement follows successful completion of a series of six plugfests which began in May 2011. The latest event was hosted by the Institute for Information Industry (III) in Taipei last month, where final validation of HomeGrid compliance test plans occurred.
“We are delighted to be taking this step and that so many silicon companies are already lining up for certification, demonstrating the depth and breadth of interest in this exciting technology,” commented Matt Theall, President of the HomeGrid Forum. “HomeGrid Forum Certified silicon will give the boost the industry needs to move to widespread adoption.”