G.hn Shows off Big Time at Taiwan’s Computex

– Rolls out Lots of Big (and Little) Name Players
– Shows a Smart TV with G.hn Built-in
– G.hn over Phonewire & Plastic Optical Fiber

The G.hn troops usually put on a big show at the Computex trade show (held last week in Taipei, Taiwan).  This year, under the direction of HomeGrid Forum president Donna Yasay, was no exception.

Once again the HomeGrid Forum showed how G.hn home networking can be used to deliver multiple 4K videos to TV sets and other devices. UHD sets are proving to be quite popular in China, South Korea and Japan, plus surprisingly on a more limited basis even in India.

One demonstration showed 4K video being delivered over powerline, using ARRIS and Comtrend gear, to a smart TV that has a G.hn chip embedded in the TV set. The Forum called it a “truly” plug and play technology. Customers can simply plug the G.hn-enabled smart TV into an AC outlet to simultaneously get both electrical power and access to the Internet. The set maker provides a separate G.hn adapter that plugs into the modem, router or gateway, which causes the home’s powerlines to become a G.hn network.

Electrical Plug Provides Both Power and Network Connection

 

In this picture is a smart TV with G.hn embedded. The name of the setmaker was not provided but it’s assumed to be the Chinese setmaker Skyworth, which has previously announced that it would make such a set using Marvell’s G.hn chips. A powerline adapter is included to connect the modem/router/gateway to the G.hn powerline network. Hisense, Haier, TCL, Changhong, Konka and perhaps others have also indicated they’ll build sets for the Chinese market with G.hn embedded — in partnership with the giant telco China Telecom. (See TOR899 October 2014: “China Telecom Specifies that TVs Will Have G.hn Built In.”)

The Forum held a press conference to spotlight new certified products, which it said “demonstrates the multi-vendor, multi-source, multi-wire capability of G.hn.”

The Forum’s booth showed multi-room, multi-node and multicast G.hn networks operating over coax, powerline, phoneline and plastic optical fiber. Its smart home demonstration features an “i-Family” smart home management system that connects to the home’s Wi-Fi network.

 

HGF booth

HomeGrid Forum booth at Computex 2015

 

Demonstrating in the HomeGrid Forum booth were ARRIS, Comtrend, D-Link, Institute for Information Industry of Taiwan (III), Marvell, Metanoia, Prime Electronics & Satellitics, SendTek, Sigma Designs, Suttle, Tecom, Teleconnect, Xingtera and Zinwell.

 

G.hn Also Operates over Phone Wires and Plastic Optical Fiber

Yasay said, “In Taiwan last year we promised that we would have major deployments within the year. This year, more than ever, we have so much to show the public and the industry. Services are now up and running bringing gigabit speeds to in-home networks across Asia.”…

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