We're living in a connected world, and it's only growing more inter-connected by the day. Atheros
Communications is eager to be a part of that expansion, and this week
they've announced their HomePlug Green PHY development kit as part of
of Things’ portfolio aimed at connecting hundreds, if
not thousands, of IP addressable devices in the home. We've heard the
whole "Internet of things" bit before elsewhere, and it's growing into
quite the meme. Using Wi-Fi and HomePlug
Green PHY powerline technologies, Atheros
’ portfolio will enable scalable
IP infrastructures for smart grid, smart home, building automation, remote
health and wellness monitoring, and other machine-to-machine applications.
The Atheros PL-14 HPGP development kit consists of a hardware platform
based on existing HomePlug AV silicon, adapted to support serial
peripheral interface (SPI) ports enabling connectivity to a vast family
of low-cost and low-energy microcontrollers (MCUs), as well as an
emulation firmware and software driver with application programming
interfaces (APIs) to support future Atheros Green PHY products. By
accurately emulating a Green PHY environment, the development kit
enables Atheros customers to evaluate the technology's capabilities and
develop application software for "Internet of Things" product families
focused on smart grid and smart energy.
The PL-14 HPGP development kit is the first in a series of products
within the Atheros Internet of Things product portfolio, which includes
standards-based wired and wireless technologies to enable scalable IP
infrastructures for smart grid, smart home, security, building
automation, remote health and wellness monitoring, and other
machine-to-machine (M2M) applications. HomePlug has had a pretty tough
go of it, but maybe now the timing if finally right for it to explode.
We still think some market consolidation is needed before whole home
automation becomes mainstream, but hey, we aren't going to complain
should it happen.