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HomeGrid Forum set to change the face of home networking for generations

InterComms speaks to the new HomeGrid Forum
President, Dr Leonard Dauphinee

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HomeGrid Forum President, Dr Leonard Dauphinee
HomeGrid Forum President
Dr Leonard Dauphinee

Dr. Len Dauphinee joined the HomeGrid Forum (HGF) Board of Directors and was elected President in August 2017. With a strong background in systems engineering, being a prolific inventor and having worked in both hardware and software development, Len is poised to lead HomeGrid Forum on a path towards even greater recognition of as the global home networking technology of choice.

The Forum is an industry alliance begun in 2008 and the first HGF certified product was deployed in 2013. HGF brings together the world’s best in technology innovators, silicon vendors, system manufacturers and service providers to promote technology. is the globally recognized gigabit home networking technology based on ITU-T standards. provides a single service delivery platform for your entertainment, your workspace – all your digital lifestyle needs – across any wire, simply and reliably.

As Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Len is responsible for the technology roadmap of MaxLinear’s Broadband business. Len joined MaxLinear in 2012 as Vice President of Systems Engineering. He received a Ph.D. in Electronics from Carleton University and is a named inventor on over 60 issued or filed U.S. patents. – the gigabit home networking technology that operates across coax, copper pairs, powerline and plastic optical fibre – is the leading global solution to change the face of home networking as the world prepares for 8k TV, 5G applications and the Internet of Things (IoT). That’s the view of the new HomeGrid Forum President Dr Leonard Dauphinee.

The HomeGrid Forum is an industry alliance that brings together some of the world’s best in technology innovators, silicon vendors, system manufacturers and service providers to promote, an increasingly recognized gigabit home networking technology based on ITU-T standards. Over 70 members promote the global adoption of, a single unified, multi-sourced networking technology, while continuing to support HomePNA deployments.

Speaking exclusively to Intercomms Magazine, Dr Dauphinee, also Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of MaxLinear’s Broadband Group, said: “ has gained momentum within the service provider and retail markets over the last few years. It has proven its capabilities as the in-home networking technology of choice, but we still have work to do.

“A few years ago, we were talking about being the 4K TV enabler; now the industry has moved forward to explore the potential of 8K, and HomeGrid Forum is meeting this new challenge. We’re witnessing a rise in the use of wired backbones for wireless Access Points and home-mesh networking, and an increased demand for high-speed, reliable connectivity inside the home. I strongly believe the true potential of resides in enabling a complete range of connectivity options, and that will change the face of home-networking for generations to come.”

Dr Dauphinee has a strong background in systems engineering, having worked in IC design, hardware design, and software development, while at MaxLinear he is responsible for the technology roadmap of its broadband business. In his CTO role, he owns their broadband strategy.

With 60+ issued or filed U.S. patents that list him as an inventor, Len brings a considerable understanding of the innovative hardware and software required to take home-networking to the next level. There will be a high level of synergy between his role as President of the HomeGrid Forum and his role at MaxLinear, as both entities work to bring ubiquitous, high-performance, and secure connectivity to the service provider and retail markets. Prior to joining MaxLinear, Len worked at Broadcom and led broadband RF IC design for MoCA, satellite TV, cable modem, cable STB, terrestrial TV, and microwave backhaul products.

His appointment comes as HomeGrid Forum is increasing its global presence. Only last month it announced several newly certified products while at CES Asia in Shanghai. During the latest wave of certifications, six devices achieved certification, bringing the total number of certified devices to 26 since testing began.

Member devices certified in this latest wave included; ARRIS (coax), Comtrend (powerline), D-Link (powerline), NetBit (powerline), Zinwell (powerline) and Zowee (phoneline) powered by MaxLinear, Sigma Designs and Xingtera silicon. All devices were certified through the HomeGrid Forum’s Accredited Test House (ATH) Allion Labs.

“ networks are the most suitable way to provide an in-home ultra-broadband experience as they operate over any available medium, and can extend Wi-Fi coverage and performance throughout the home as well as being easy to install. not only provides a robust backbone for the IoT and the digital world we live in, it also provides security through encryption and device pairing,” said Dr Dauphinee.

Asia is recognised as an important market for the continued growth of, particularly as consumers are increasingly demanding always-on, seamless connectivity, where there are no dead zones, and no restrictions on bandwidth hungry applications such as Video on Demand (VoD), streaming services, online gaming and, currently, 4K TV.

According to Digital TV Europe, a recent industry report has revealed that China is the market leader when it comes to sales of connected 4K TVs. In 2016, “nearly 12 million” 4K TVs were sold in Europe, compared to over 25 million in China. And this figure is set to rise. An article from supports the research prediction that the number of 4K TV sales in China will reach 44 million by 2020.

“We have always felt that is the answer to the explosion in demand for more broadband and more services generally in the home,” added Dr Dauphinee.

“During the life of the HomeGrid Forum this belief has only strengthened and the emergence of a world comprising Smart Cities, 5G applications and of course the Internet of Things means that is needed more than ever. As highlighted in our mission statement, HomeGrid Forum’s goal is to provide trouble free and ubiquitous interoperability for consumers using, regardless of the medium, through our intensive certification program. As the new President, I am excited by the challenge and excited by the knowledge that is so well equipped to deliver what is needed.”

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