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Tuesday, March 15, 2005

Sony, Mitsubishi and Panasonic intro 170Mbps data transfer via home power lines

Move over HomePlug, there’s something faster. Much faster. Sony, Mitsubishi and Panasonic are promising speeds of up to 170Mbps around the home via infrastructure you already have in place: power lines. The Powerline technology is similar to what the HomePlug system does, but over ten times faster, and three times faster than WiFi — fast enough, apparently, to transmit HDTV. The three Japanese consumer electronics giants have set up a consortium called the SECA powerline alliance that will directly compete with the 50-company strong HomePlug alliance. It all sounds very promising indeed, and isn’t it exactly what everybody wants most: yet another format war?

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