AMD Expands Home Networking Product Portfolio With Industry's First Homepna-Compliant Single-Chip Physical Layer Device
Provides Inexpensive Phoneline Connectivity For Peripheral Devices, Information Appliances
SUNNYVALE, CA --
AMD today announced the HomePHY(TM) device, a single chip that enables PC peripheral and information appliance manufacturers to integrate support for the widely-endorsed Home Phoneline Networking Alliance (HomePNA) technology into their products. AMDs HomePHY device supports physical layer (PHY) functions for both HomePNA phoneline networking and the 802.3 standard for 10Mbps Ethernet networking. This dual PHY layer functionality enables a device such as a USB networking connector to offer support for either home phoneline or Ethernet networking in a single device.
The HomePHY device has been certified as compliant with HomePNA Specification 1.0 for phoneline networking and can be integrated into printers, scanners, set-top boxes, Web phones, residential gateways, cable modems, and other PC peripherals to enable phoneline connectivity. Integrating the HomePHY chip into peripheral devices expands the type of product capable of supporting home phoneline networking beyond the PC, creating new classes of home networking products and furthering the concept of the "Networked Home." AMD also announced today that Tut Systems plans to integrate the HomePHY into their Expresso family of products, and Peracom Networks, Inc., a supplier of peripheral connectivity and desktop networking solutions, plans to use the HomePHY device in future HomePNA-compliant products.
"The HomePHY device brings inexpensive HomePNA connectivity to a new class of products, expanding the power and utility of home networks beyond traditional PC-to-PC connections," said Dr. Laila Razouk, vice president of the Network Products Division at AMD. "AMD was the first to market with PCnet(TM)-Home, a fully integrated HomePNA PCI controller, back in December. Now, by introducing the industry's first HomePNA-compliant single-chip PHY, AMD is broadening its home networking portfolio and continuing to provide innovative products for easy-to-use phoneline networking solutions."
"The integration of AMD's chips in our Expresso products is one of the key factors to our success in the DSL and multiple-dwelling unit (MDU) markets," said Matt Taylor, founder and chief technology officer for Tut Systems. "With AMD's chips, Tut is able to deliver cost-effective, reliable, high-speed Internet access to our DSL and MDU customers that also has plug-and-play compatibility with HomePNA 1.0 phoneline networking products."
"By integrating AMDs HomePHY device into our USB Phoneline Adapter, Peracom delivers an easily installable USB solution for networking PCs or laptops in the home over existing phone lines," said Ken Rivage, vice president of Engineering at Peracom. "Home users are often reluctant to open their PCs case for fear of disrupting operation. Peracom is very excited to offer a solution that will allow a home user to network PCs in the house by attaching outside the PC via USB."
The HomePHY device is targeted at applications that expand HomePNA connectivity into new product areas, at a comparable cost to integrating standard Ethernet networking capabilities. The highly integrated HomePHY chip also includes a 10 Mbps Ethernet PHY, supporting both full-duplex operation and auto-negotiation. The HomePHY device can determine the appropriate network connection, either HomePNA or Ethernet, and can intelligently switch to the appropriate protocol.
Pricing and Availability
The Am79C901 is available now for samples in a 68-pin PLCC package. The device is $7.90 in 10,000-piece quantities.
About the Home Phoneline Networking Alliance
The Home Phoneline Networking Alliance is an incorporated, non-profit association of industry-leading companies working together to help ensure adoption of a single, unified phoneline networking industry standard and rapidly bring to market a range of interoperable home networking solutions.