Chip maker Marvell has acquired the intellectual property and assets of Diseno de Sistemas en Silicio S.A. (DS2) which supplies high speed semiconductor solutions for powerline communications. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. An increasing number of homes today are using multiple networks – including simultaneous wired and wireless networks – to support a variety of services. This trend is driving the need for greater bandwidth in the home. Powerline technology converts existing electrical power wiring into a smart, high-speed network, enabling consumers to create an economical “connected home” that can stream virtually any personal or subscription-based digital content to and from any room at high speeds.
A Pike Research Report asserts that smart meters will be increasingly involved in home area networking. It is anticipated that HAN-capabilities will be embedded in 49 percent of all smart meters shipped by 2013. In North America, HAN-enabled smart meters will account for 81 percent of the market.