SOURCE: HomeGrid Forum

January 24, 2011 08:00 ET

Marvell Joins HomeGrid Forum Board of Directors

Marvell Adds G.hn to Broad Array of Connectivity Options for World's Home and Access Customers

BEAVERTON, OR and SANTA CLARA, CA--(Marketwire - January 24, 2011) - HomeGrid Forum, a global, non-profit trade group promoting technologies based on the United Nations' International Telecommunication Union's (ITU-T) G.hn standard, today announced that one of the largest global semiconductor companies -- Marvell Semiconductor, Inc. -- has joined HomeGrid Forum and has been appointed to the organization's board of directors. Marvell will join BT, Intel, Lantiq, Sigma Designs, Telefonica, Texas Instruments and others on the board. Marvell's addition to the board reinforces the growing importance and broadening adoption of G.hn as the next-generation global standard for wired home networking.

"With the connected always-on lifestyle, consumers anticipate the growth of intelligent, connected devices in the home, and seamless connectivity for all these devices is key," said Gani Jusuf, Vice President of Product Development, Communications and Consumer Business Group of Marvell Semiconductor, Inc. "Marvell delivers a comprehensive total solution platform for 'connected mobile' experiences. G.hn technology complements Marvell's existing total connectivity solutions already being deployed in the home and access markets, including Wi-Fi, Ethernet and cellular. Marvell is pleased to join the HomeGrid Forum Board of Directors and we believe, moving forward, the G.hn standard will be the key for powerline, as well as coax and phoneline, communications. Marvell continues to drive standards that provide internet and broadcast connectivity options to the world over various media including G.hn based wireline communications."

The G.hn standard defines a unified technology foundation for the wired home network, the Smart Grid, and Access networks that addresses issues of service providers, their suppliers, electronics manufacturers and consumers alike. Through one worldwide standard, G.hn unifies the networking of content and devices over any wire -- coax cable, phone and power lines. G.hn enables service providers to deploy new offerings, including IPTV, more cost effectively and securely; allows electronics manufacturers to provide powerful devices for connecting all types of entertainment, home automation and security products throughout the house; and greatly simplifies consumer purchasing and installation processes. For the Smart Grid and Access networks, G.hn provides a robust solution for the needs of utilities and service providers looking to deploy systems with extended life spans. Combining G.hn with G.hnem energy management capabilities, the market has a single family of technologies for cost-effectively linking the smallest energy-saving device up to the largest system to the Grid and within extended networks in and outside the home.

"As a networking leader, Marvell's recent acquisition of DS2 places them in a very strong position to deliver G.hn products," said Michael J. Palma, senior research analyst for consumer semiconductors and Electronics Manufacturing Services at IDC. "As part of the HomeGrid board, Marvell will help accelerate the delivery of G.hn solutions to customers in the systems and telecom space that are becoming increasingly interested in deploying G.hn-based platforms."

"Marvell's strong endorsement of the G.hn family of technologies and HomeGrid Forum is the latest indicator of the strong momentum G.hn has been building for the last 24 months," said Matt Theall, President of HomeGrid Forum. "Marvell joins HomeGrid Forum at the right moment, as more and more companies are transitioning away from today's proprietary wired networking technologies to G.hn technology, which is accepted globally as the leading technology for wired home networks and the Smart Grid."

Marvell joins a growing list of industry-leading organizations that are part of HomeGrid Forum. Global leaders in the service provider, computing and consumer electronics industries also support the adoption of G.hn through their participation in the ITU-T. For a complete list of HomeGrid Forum members, visit www.homegridforum.org.

About Marvell
Marvell (NASDAQ: MRVL) is a world leader in the development of storage, communications and consumer silicon solutions. Marvell's diverse product portfolio includes switching, transceiver, communications controller, wireless and storage solutions that power the entire communications infrastructure, including enterprise, metro, home and storage networking. As used in this release, the term "Marvell" refers to Marvell Technology Group Ltd. and its subsidiaries. For more information, visit Marvell.com.

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

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Contact Information

  • For Further Information Contact:
    Marvell Media Relations
    Daniel Yoo
    Tel: (408) 222-2187
    yoo@marvell.com

    HomeGrid Forum Media Relations
    Brian Dolby
    Tel: +44 7899 914168
    Sheila Lashford
    Tel: +44 7986 514240
    pr@homegridforum.org