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DS2 Unveils Next-Gen 400Mbps Powerline Tech

Posted: 18th Oct, 2007 By: MarkJ
DS2 has unveiled new technology that will allow next generation Powerline products to operate at a peak data rate of 400Mbps. The system will be featured at an invitation-only technology launch in New York City next month.

Powerline allows you to turn your homes mains power sockets into a local area network (LAN), offering a more secure alternative to Wi-Fi. Present technology can reach speeds of up to 200Mbps, although most of those on the market are based off the 85Mbps specification:

DS2 400Mbps technology will be available in next generation products from DS2 on time to satisfy the demands for extra bandwidth in the digital home and last mile applications that most analysts predict will happen from 2009 onwards. Next generation multimedia applications including multi-room IPTV and HDTV networked entertainment services, networked PVRs (personal video recorders) and multiple video streams will require bandwidth sufficient to support five or more simultaneous video streams.

A recent study from the Diffusion Group on "Bandwidth Challenges to the Digital Home" (2007), confirmed that the need for bandwidth sufficient to deliver at least three HDTV and two SDTV streams to the home is foreseen as early as 2009.

DS2's 400Mbps technology will be compatible with existing 200Mbps products from DS2, ensuring a seamless migration path for existing users and designs, and will comply with the evolving standards. This quantum leap in performance is slated for 2009.
It's also noted that the cost of manufacturing Powerline hardware has been dropping, which could result in even cheaper products entering the market next year. Naturally all of this does not bode well for newer Wi-Fi standards, which are still taking eons to ratify.
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