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CopperGate Demonstrates New HomePlug AV and HomePNA Chipsets at CES

January 08, 2010 6:01 AM in Asoka , CopperGate , HomePlug , HomePNA  | 0 comments  | 0 TrackBack

CopperGate, the wholly-owned subsidiary of Sigma Designs (NASDAQ: SIGM), is at CES 2010 demonstrating its HomePNA and HomePlug AV - January 7 - 10, 2010 in Las Vegas.

The company is showing its ultra-greenHomePlug AV CG2110 Chipset, announced last October. The chipset offers service providers and CPE equipment manufacturers a cost-effective, reliable, and easy way to distribute demanding video, audio, data, and voice, such as triple-play services and IPTV, over powerlines throughout a home. 

Asoka, a leading supplier of HomePlug solutions to North American service providers, is developing HomePlug AV bridges based upon the high performance CopperGate CG2110 Chipset. The new Asoka HomePlug AV adapters will enable service providers to deliver data and video more reliably than ever before using existing power line wires inside consumer homes.


I had a chance to briefly visit with CopperGate CEO, Gabi Hilevitz, where he explained that the HomePNA standard continues to provide the highest performance and lowest costs for delivering in-home networking and broadband access.  And that has helped service providers reduce IPTV installation costs by over $300 million to date.

CopperGate's David Baum and the role of backward compatibility from G.hn to HomePNA

November 01, 2009 1:11 PM in G.hn , Home Networking , HomePNA  | 0 comments  | 0 TrackBack

CopperGate's David Baum discusses the role of backward compatibility from G.hn to HomePNA so it supports all legacy applications with existing HomePNA devices.

HomePNA Announces First Technology Summit (And I Am Going to This Event)

August 10, 2009 3:08 AM in CopperGate , HomePNA  | 0 comments  | 0 TrackBack

HomePNA recently announced that it was holding its first Technology Summit to be held September 30 and October 1, 2009 in Houston Texas.  The Summit, which is also being promoted by the FTTH Council, will be co-located with the 2009 FTTH Conference & Expo. The Summit will focus on technical and business insights surrounding HomePNA technology and its role in enabling an advanced digital home experience for end users.

The Summit will feature speakers from among the world's largest service providers, including AT&T, Telefonica, YES, TELUS, Tata Sky and Bell Aliant who will discuss HomePNA's role in creating compelling and competitive home networking and IPTV product portfolios for their respective companies. The show also features CopperGate- a leading G.hn chip vendor and HomeGrid Forum Board Member that will be discussing the future of home networking.

Given that HomePNA was standardized by ITU, and given that ITU is driving the G.hn standard, it would stand to reason that I should go to this event. 

I am going to listen and learn from the sessions.  If your company would like to share your views on G.hn’s impact and roadmap, send me an email to:  alan at weinkrantz dot com and I will schedule an interview with you.

See you in Houston!

It’s A Small World, After All….

March 16, 2009 1:03 PM in Alan Weinkrantz , CopperGate , EveryWire , EveryWire.com , G.hn , Home Networking , HomePNA , Wired Home Networking  | 0 comments  | 0 TrackBack

Outside of the U.S., consumers in countries large and small alike are looking to be part of the wired home networking revolution.

According to market research firm, Multimedia Research Group, by 2012, North America will have only about 17% share of the total worldwide subscribers (but it will dominate the global market in terms of gross service provider revenues.)

Taking a clue from this data, I think it’s important to look in various parts of the world as to how and where the wired home networking revolution and the deployment of the G.hn standard will take hold.

When I look for indicators, I look at data from market research firms, design wins, new technology, and new product announcements from vendors. In the transition to G.hn, the vendors still have technology-- and a product pipeline to fill.

Case in point:  last week, chip vendor, CopperGate Communications announced a design win with Codetel, the largest telco in the Dominican Republic.  At the other end of the spectrum, today CopperGate is announcing its new CopperGate CG3210M chipset. It is the next generation HomePNA-based solution for multi-dwelling units (MDU) and hospitality applications in Asia. They’re claiming delivery of up to 190 Mbit/s of IP traffic and is a third of the price for DOCSIS 3.0-based solutions to deliver the same throughput.

The CopperGate announcement quotes Kurt Scherf, VP and Principal Analyst with Parks Assocations as saying “This new product will be particularly well-positioned in Asian markets because of the rapidly-growing middle class of consumers who are seeking these amenities for their apartments.”

That’s pretty telling in that going forward, I think we all need to keep an eye on the market outside of the United States.

 Now, back to my headline for a minute.

In remembering the song, “It’s a Small World,” here is something else to remember:  the song was purposed for use at the 1964-65 World’s Fair in New York, a time when the old, old, old AT&T was touting its futuristic “Videophone” at the same venue. 

I wonder what would happen today if a world’s fair were being held -- you pick the country--  but with G.hn, and its potential applications as the headlining attraction. 

If I was running the show, I’d license the song from Disney, and get every service provider on planet earth to sing along, and imagine the potential of what a global, single standard like G.hn could bring to the wired home networking revolution.


Why G.hn is now the Official Big Enchilada of Wired Home Networking Standards.

March 12, 2009 4:03 AM in Alan Weinkrantz , Best Buy , EveryWire , EveryWire.com , G.hn , Home Networking , HomeGrid Forum , HomePlug , HomePNA , MoCA , P1901 , U-verse , Wired Home Networking  | 0 comments  | 1 TrackBack

Last night as I was running some errands, I drove by and decided to pay a visit to my local Best Buy where I live in San Antonio.  I walked through the myriad of big screen TVs and of course the way cool Magnolia Theater section of the store.

I needed to do this in order think through a bit more about how and why Best Buy’s role as a Board Member of the HomeGrid Forum will impact the future of the wired home network. 

Then it hit me. 

Being an AT&T U-verse customer, I must confess that my brain has been way too service provider-centric since I have been living on HomePNA for the past three years.

The “ah-ha” moment came to me when I realized that in one fell swoop, the big box retailer will be the key driver in the migration to the next generation of wired home networking - the G.hn standard.  Now that Circuit City is dead, Best Buy controls what U.S. consumers buy in terms of consumer electronics, home appliances, and computers.

Best Buy wants to make sure that when a customer walks in the door to shop and hopefully buy, the entire experience is excellent. While I haven’t spoken to Best Buy, my guess is they probably realize all too well that the home networking experience today is not that great an experience. There are too many standards, different devices that don’t work well together and as a result, customers get confused and return their products.

Best Buy can fix all that. By pushing TV, appliance, computer and network device makers towards a common standard like G.hn, Best Buy can do more to help rally the industry around a unified approach to the connected home.  Plus, what Best Buy does in the U.S. will impact what other big box retailers in other parts of the world. 

My guess is once Best Buy decides to embrace G.hn in full, every hardware company will have to migrate from existing standards such as HomePlug, MoCA and HomePNA to G.hn. This probably won’t happen overnight. It will probably take years. Still, I can’t hardly wait and see how Best Buy makes it all work seamlessly together.



HomePNA’s Laison Announcement With HomeGrid Forum Illustrates Long Term Commitment to Industry Standards

March 06, 2009 4:03 PM in EveryWire , EveryWire.com , G.hn , Home Networking , HomePNA , U-verse , Wired Home Networking  | 0 comments  | 0 TrackBack

Last week, HomePNA announced the signing of a liaison agreement with HomeGrid Forum to jointly promote the ITU’s G.hn home networking standard.   HomePNA President, Bill Simmelink told me that his members strongly believe in, and support the work being done there. Beyond the announcement, there’s another story to be told.  I think HomePNA is uniquely positioned to support G.hn because its members were among its earliest supporters.  

HomePNA is the only true existing-wire home networking "standard."  To date, it's the only technology endorsed and supported by a true standards group - an impartial organization that isn't under the control of a limited number of companies.  Also, HomePNA is the only home networking standard that operates simultaneously over two of the three types of home wiring; coax and phone wires.  It works as advertised and I've had it in my home for 3 years running on AT&T's U-verse offering.

Add these together and multiply by the fact that HomePNA’s two-wire home networking was standardized by the same ITU home networking standards group now working on the G.hn three-wire standard, and you can see how well HomePNA members are positioned in terms of technology, experience and expertise to drive and take advantage of the G.hn work. 

And one more thing….even tough HomePNA isn’t publically commenting on the next generation HomePNA 4 spec development, they have disclosed that it will provide broad support for the G.hn standard.



AT&T Participating in G.hn Standard Development

February 19, 2009 10:02 PM in Alan Weinkrantz , AT&T , EveryWire , EveryWire.com , G.hn , HomePNA , P1901 , Tom Starr , U-verse , Wired Home Networking  | 0 comments  | 0 TrackBack

I recently had a chance to visit with Tom Starr, Lead Member of Technical Staff for AT&T.  Tom is a recent AT&T award winner.

It stands to reason that the world’s largest telecommunications company would have an interested in G.hn.  After all, the company has over 1,000,000 American homes on its HomePNA based wired network that runs its U-verse triple play offering. 

After installing this many homes you learn a lot about wiring and the realities that not all homes are wired equally.  In a perfect world, you’d have what Tom kept referring to “no new wires,” but the reality is that each home has different wiring types in each room that lend themselves better at connectivity and delivering services.

From day one, Tom has been active and working with the ITU’s development of the G.hn standard (which is now officially called G.9960).  He told me that AT&T is watching the development of the G.hn standard for a few reasons:

  1. Connect to any room no matter what the wiring type may be.  Get to a point where the customer can self-install new hardware- something considered to be the holy grail of any video provider
  2. Have built-in diagnostics and tools that allow for remote manageability and ease of use.
  3. Have multiple supply sources.  And when you have an industry standard like G.hn, you get to a certain point of critical mass where you will have many technology, equipment, parts and product marketers all supplying the channel with compatible and industry standard offerings.  This helps grow the industry ecosystem and supply chain.

I’ve been an AT&T U-verse customer for over three years.  Some of my readers may also know my 3Screens blog, in which I write a consumer facing blog about AT&T’s three screen strategy. 

Now that I have a true IP home with triple play services, I personally look forward to AT&T’s deployment of the next generation of wired home networks- courtesy of the G.hn standard.

The Everywire Conversation with Michael Weissman, VP - North America Marketing - Part I

January 27, 2009 5:01 AM in Alan Weinkrantz , CopperGate , EveryWire , EveryWire.com , G.hn , HomePNA , Michael Weissman , Wired Home Networking  | 0 comments  | 0 TrackBack

Here's Part I of my conversation with CopperGate Communications' VP, North America Marketing, Michael Weissman.   Michael demonstrates "the typical" home and talks about how G.hn will work with a single chip -- and how all this infrastructure will work all work together in one single network.  Part II continues tomorrow...

CED Magazine’s Brian Santo “Guaranteed” Fearless Prediction for 2009 on Home Networking….

January 03, 2009 12:01 AM in G.hn , Home Networking , HomePNA , U-verse , Wired Home Networking  | 0 comments  | 0 TrackBack

Happy New Year. 

CED Magazine’s Editor, Brian Santo has a great post in today’s issue in which he clearly states:  “Home networking, as a service, will become a big issue.”

Right on, Brian! 

Read Brian’s story here.

I think Brian is right.

The excitement about wireless networking has cast a shadow of an even more important trend: the wired home entertainment network.

While not as sexy and as glamorous as wireless, these wired networks are finally delivering the desired interconnectivity consumers crave between their PC, telephone and HDTV worlds.

I have been writing about AT&T’s U-verse for three years on  my 3screens.net blog and it is clear to me how wired networks based on HomePNA and other technologies are helping deliver real solutions to consumers.

G.hn: Wired For Speed

In my personal situation and being an AT&T customer, I am looking forward to moving from 100 Mbit/s offered by my HomePNA-based U-verse solution to probably 700-800 Mbit/s of throughput offered by G.hn. I am sure that users of MoCA and HomePlug will also want similar performance improvements that G.hn can bring. 

This type of wired speed provides many new applications will emerge - some that haven't even being thought of today.

CopperGate Commits To G.hn

December 15, 2008 2:12 PM in CopperGate , G.hn , HomePNA , U-verse  | 0 comments  | 0 TrackBack

Picture 5 CopperGate Communications has just announced its support of G.hn.

In its press release, the company’s CEO, Gabi Helevitz reiterated its commitment to the G.hn working group from the beginning.  CopperGate has invested nearly a decade in being a pioneer in home networking, primarily being an early advocate of HomePNA

It’s interesting to watch CopperGate’s evolution as it has not only been a major player in the HomePNA standard, but now expanding its reach when it acquired the HomePlug AV business from Conexant Systems, Inc. [NASDAQ - CNXT] in May.  This makes CopperGate the first semiconductor company with home networking technologies supporting all three wire types – coax, phone and power lines.

To date, the company’s biggest design win has been with AT&T.  Earlier this month, the world’s largest telco announced that it had reached a major milestone by having its 1,000,000th living unit on U-verse, the company’s IPTV and triple play service offering.  CopperGate’s chipsets are found in each set top box and residential gateway installed in an AT&T’s customers’ home.

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