HomeGrid Forum G.hn certification program launched at Taiwan event

The HomeGrid Forum took on an international flavor when it launched its certification program at Computex in Taiwan.

The program opens the way for silicon vendors to register with the Forum's official G.hn Test & Certification Lab to schedule compliance and interoperability testing for HomeGrid certification, as the group moves forward with home-networking schemes for powerline, coax and phone lines.

"This is the step we have been waiting for with G.hn," Charles Hall, senior research analyst with Rider Research, said in a HomeGrid news release. "The world's telecom operators, HomeGrid Forum's target market, are probably the most conservative of any industry when it comes to deploying new technology. That's why they'll be happy to see that the HomeGrid technology, already an ITU standard and with at least four competing chipmakers, has embarked on the certification process."

The Forum said it expects at least six silicon companies to submit products for testing this year as a prerequisite for system certification so that equipment manufacturers across the board are assured of their interoperability.

The certification announcement follows the successful completion of six plugfests that began in May 2011, with the latest event held in Taipei last month.

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