By Rich Nesin, General Manager and Resident Philosopher, HomePNA
Time to get back to work. The G.hn crowd wrapped up another meeting last week – the first meeting of the year and the first since releasing the G.9960 standard last December. The group is continuing to move at the fast pace they set last year with lots of technical contributions, monthly meetings, a goal of closing comments on the next standard before the summer, and wrapping up this phase by Sept. Although I don’t expect products this year or early next, I wouldn’t be surprised if there were some very limited field trials of the technology around this time next year.
With G.9960 released last December as promised, G.hn is building an enviable track record. Remember, it’s only been two years since the same group released the world’s first two wire home networking standard (that’s right, I mean HomePNA 3.1/G.9954) -- which was only two years after they released the HomePNA 3.0 standard which set the bar for this generation of high performance triple-play-ready multimedia home networking standards (or in less self-indulgent terms, HomePNA 3.0 was released before MoCA 1 or HomePlug AV). A major release every two years. Not too shabby for a standards group.
People that follow this blog know that HomePNA members support the G.hn effort and that some have been working on it since the HomePNA 3.1 standardization wrapped up. We feel that the more cooperation and support the work has the better the end result will be and that the advantages of a single standard will increase the revenue opportunity for everyone. In that spirit, HomePNA and HomeGrid announced a liaison agreement making it easier for our organizations to cooperate more closely to better support the great work.