STMicroelectronics acquires Arkados to expand capabilities in convergent home digital networking and smart grid

Carmelo Papa, Senior
Executive VP & GM,
Industrial &
Multisegment Sector,
Geneva, Switzerland — (METERING.COM) — July 8, 2011 – Semiconductor solution provider STMicroelectronics is enhancing its powerline communication (PLC) capabilities with the completion of its acquisition of the semiconductor assets and intellectual property of Arkados.

Arkados has focused on solutions based on the HomePlug specification, which is aimed at accelerating the development and deployment of convergent digital home networking. ST has been working closely with Arkados since late 2008 to develop best-in-class HomePlug wideband PLC solutions.

Home networking via wideband PLC technology provides the key advantage of the “no-new-wire” approach to users because high speed home networks can be created by using the power sockets and wiring infrastructure that already exist in the home.

ST’s narrow band PLC platforms are deployed in major smart metering infrastructure programs worldwide. The newly acquired, additional broadband IP completes ST’s offering in powerline communication, broadening the company’s position in the future broadband PLC markets, such as home multimedia networking, smart energy applications, and electric-vehicle-to-the-grid communication technologies.

“ST is focusing on the most innovative technologies to deliver the applications that will allow people to enjoy the widest access to information and entertainment anytime, anywhere, while minimizing power consumption,” said Carmelo Papa, senior executive vice president and general manager, Industrial and Multisegment Sector at STMicroelectronics.