SOURCE: HomeGrid Forum

June 07, 2011 08:00 ET Moves From Specification to Reality

HomeGrid Forum, Broadband Forum and Multiple Silicon Vendors Celebrate Resounding Success at the Close of the First Open Interoperability Plugfest

BEAVERTON, OR--(Marketwire - Jun 7, 2011) - In a win for the wired home networking industry, four chipset manufacturers converged in Geneva, Switzerland for the world's first open Interoperability Plugfest. A joint effort of HomeGrid Forum and the Broadband Forum hosted at the ITU-T's global headquarters and organized by University of New Hampshire InterOperability Laboratory (UNH-IOL), the event presented the first open opportunity for silicon vendors to test the interoperability of their products, based on the home networking standard, which will be globally deployed by many service providers, PC manufacturers, appliance manufacturers and consumer electronics companies.

Lantiq, Marvell Semiconductor, Metanoia, and Sigma Designs participated in the interoperability event with their silicon test platforms. The success achieved highlights the maturity of the various vendors' designs as well as the completeness of the standard. interoperability is critical as it ensures a common standard for very high speed home networking options across different wired media.

" is here. It's now," said Matt Theall, President of HomeGrid Forum. "Service providers are excited we have concluded this event and we are thrilled to report the successful completion of the testing. is already a reality with silicon now ready for deployment."

"The Broadband Forum is very happy that the first Interoperability Plugfest has been completed successfully. We look forward to the next steps in completing the test plans required to enable interoperability of products," said Robin Mersh, CEO of the Broadband Forum.

HomeGrid Forum is rolling out its Compliance and Interoperability certification program in 2011, allowing HomeGrid Forum certified products to be brought to the market this year and establishing a new industry benchmark of technology excellence for wired home networking.

A series of additional plugfests is being scheduled for this year.

About HomeGrid Forum
HomeGrid Forum is a global, non-profit trade group promoting the International Telecommunication Union's and G.hnem standardization efforts for next-generation home networking and SmartGrid Applications. HomeGrid Forum promotes adoption of and G.hnem through technical and marketing efforts, addresses certification and interoperability of and G.hnem-compliant products, and cooperates with complementary industry alliances. For more information on HomeGrid Forum, please visit or follow us on

About the Broadband Forum
Broadband Forum, a non-profit industry organization made up of service providers, equipment vendors and other interested parties, is focused on engineering smarter and faster broadband connections. Our work defines best practices for global networks, enables service and content delivery, establishes technology migration strategies, engineers critical device & service management tools, and is key to redefining broadband. Our free technical reports and white papers can be found at

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