Marvell Powers up Smart Grid Technology in Spanish Takeover

By Madhubanti Rudra August 23, 2010

With the concept of connected homes catching up fast, the residential demands for high speed and greater bandwidth are soaring high. Under this backdrop, powerline technology has become extremely important as it offers a ubiquitous broadband solution over the existing infrastructure.

Marvell, which provides solutions to power the entire communication network to the enterprises as well as homes, has recently taken over a major supplier of semiconductor solutions for powerline communication. Through a press release, this world famous supplier of silicon solution announced that it has acquired the intellectual property and assets of Diseno de Sistemas en Silicio S.A. ("DS2"). The take-over enables Marvell provide IP solutions based on powerline Technology. The terms of the deal have not been disclosed.

Headquartered in Valencia, Spain, DS2 was a leading technology innovator in next-generation wireline technology based on the standard, which aims to combine, powerline, coaxial, and phoneline wiring within a single wired home network. DS2 was also a global supplier of Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) solutions and Universal Powerline Association (UPA) compatible circuits for Digital Home, Smart Grid and Ethernet over Coax applications. 

Powerline technology converts any existing electrical power wiring into an intelligent, high-speed networking medium, enabling consumers to quickly and affordably create a "connected home" that can stream virtually any personal or subscription-based digital content to and from any room at high speeds. 

Powerline technology represents one of the easiest and most reliable ways to meet this growing market demand by offering a ubiquitous broadband solution that optimizes networking over existing power, coaxial cable, phone lines and other wiring. 

Home-networking can also be done through the installation of Ethernet or wireless network. But both the options are expensive and time consuming. They can’t also provide the transmission speeds necessary for streaming digital video and other multimedia content. The benefits of power-line become even more prominent when we compare them with the shortcomings of the abovementioned option of home-networking.

“With the industry ready to standardize on powerline technology and consumer demand for new home networking options rising fast, now is the time to drive innovation in this space. Powerline technology makes sense for many reasons, even for consumers who already have existing wired or wireless networks. By enabling any wall outlet in your home to serve as a broadband network connection that can send and receive data at high speeds, consumers can extend the capabilities of their existing networks or construct a totally new stand alone network optimized for streaming media. Our newly integrated engineering teams will focus on raising the bar for powerline's performance, availability and ease-of-use for consumers everywhere,” Gani Jusuf, vice president of product development, communications and consumer business group of Marvell Semiconductor, Inc. said.

Post merger, Marvell will continue to sell DS2 products and support to existing customers. Marvell will also develop and integrate DS2 core technology into its existing IP portfolio to provide the most complete home networking products. At the close of the acquisition, approximately 75 employees joined Marvell's worldwide development team.

Madhubanti Rudra is a contributing editor for IoTevolutionworld. To read more of her articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Erin Monda

IoTevolutionworld Contributor

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