February 25, 2005 05:54 ET

Opera Selects DS2's 200 Mbps Powerline Technology as Baseline to Complete Standard Solution



FEBRUARY 25, 2005 - 05:54 ET

Opera Selects DS2's 200 Mbps Powerline Technology as
Baseline to Complete Standard Solution

BRUSSELS, Belgium--(CCNMatthews - Feb 25, 2005) -

Exhaustive field trials with multi-vendor equipment scheduled for
mid-June 2005

OPERA (Open PLC European Research Alliance) has completed the first year
of the first phase of a four-year project, the first two years of which
have been sponsored by the European Commission. In a review of the
progress achieved to date, the European Commission was particularly
impressed by the innovative and rigorous technology selection process
that led to the election of the 200Mbps power line communications
technology developed by chip supplier Design of Systems on Silicon
(DS2). This technology has been selected as the baseline to develop and
complete the OPERA Power Line Communications (PLC) solution within Work
Package 3 of the Project with major contributions from WP partners,
notably, ASCOM, ADD, Dimat, Elsys, Mainnet, Mitsubishi, Robotiker,
Telvent, University of Dresden, University of Karlsruhe, and Itran This
is the most important achievement of the project in its first year and
will accelerate mass rollout of high speed Broadband Access, Voice and
Audiovisual services as well as applications for the electricity utility
using the power lines. The OPERA PLC solution will be promoted to the
European Standardisation organisations.

OPERA is an ambitious industry-led consortium of 37 companies and
universities from 10 European countries, with a total budget of EUR 20M,
partially funded by the European Commission under its 6th R&D Framework
Programme. OPERA aims to: (i) improve current low voltage (LV) and
medium voltage (MV) PLC systems in particular in relation to couplers,
EMC aspects and improving PLC equipment; (ii) to develop optimal
solutions for connection of the PLC access networks to the backbone
network (Wi-MAX, LMDS, satellite, MV PLC, WI-Fi etc.) so as to reach all
end users independent of location, and (iii) to develop "ready to sell
services" over PLC technology and design or improve low cost user

To meet these ambitious objectives, the OPERA Steering Committee
endorsed a technology selection process based on the Marketing and
Functional Requirement Document submitted by the Standardisation Working
Group of OPERA, which includes those from the PLC Utilities Alliance
(PUA). Major European utility companies including ENDESA, ENEL, EDF, and
IBERDROLA, all of them members of the OPERA Steering Committee, have
managed the selection process, that followed an open call for proposals
and a test plan to evaluate performance, notching capabilities and
industrial maturity of the state of the art available technologies.

The technology selection process is the first step in a process that
will produce multiple sources of future standard, interoperable PLC
equipment for exhaustive field trials scheduled to start from mid-June
2005, as a way to implement final adjustments and improvements and
oriented to the introduction of low cost broadband access for all
European citizens using the existing electricity networks.


OPERA stands for Open PLC Research Alliance and aims to develop a new
generation PLC access standard to accelerate the adoption of low cost,
high performance broadband access PLC. The project currently has 37
partners including electricity utilities, OEM manufacturers, technology
providers, universities, engineering and consultancy companies and
telecom operators. OPERA is co-financed by the European Union under the
Sixth R&D Framework Programme (FP6), and specifically addresses the
theme "Broadband for all" which falls under the responsibility of the
Information Society and Technologies Directorate General:



Contact Information

    Design of Systems on Silicon, S.A.
    Ann Whyte, +34 96 136 60 04
    or +34 627 00 96 49