IEEE News from the Las Vegas Consumer Electronics Show

by Pamela Hilliard Owens on January 12, 2010

CES 2010 LogoAt the recent Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas Nevada, many “golly, whizbang, gee whiz” newfangled gadgets made their debut. Apple, of course, is expected to formally announce its new tablet later this month with its usual one-man Steve Jobs show.

Each of the gadgets, including HD TVs, Smartphones, tablet PCs, and other telecommunications products and services had different sets of features. But the one thing all of the products must absolutely have is a power source, commonly known as powerline communications (PLC). At the CES, the IEEE Standards board released the P1901 Draft Standard for PLC.

Prior to the release of this Draft Standard, the IEEE P1901 Working Group, during their 2009 meeting in Tel Aviv sifted through over 3,000 comments left on their website. The news IEEE standards are aimed at the makers and end-users of PLC devices, plug-in electrical vehicles—many of which will debut next week at the North American Auto Show in Detroit, and audio/visual distribution. The Standards cover both Medium Access Control and Physical Layer. Most exciting for me, especially since I come from the State of Michigan is the acknowledgement of expanding role of green energy and green technology. Smart Energy and SmartGrid will need to be standardized and future plans developed.

Once these Standards are adopted, the next logical step will be the development of the actual technologies and implementation of the Standards. Both home-targeted consumer groups and government-sanctioned green energy groups are working together to hopefully implement a seamless and successful transition to the new IEEE Standards.

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Written by: Pamela Hilliard Owens.

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badtimestory January 13, 2010 at 2:29 am

Favor this post a lot, cuz i’m watching reports about north american auto show, green engry and smart energy grips my eyeballs. Wishing for a non-pollution lifestyle.

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