(TOKYO -AP) – The common electric socket will serve as your home’s connection to broadband with a new chip developed by Matsushita Electric Industrial Co. – doing away with all the Ethernet cables or the hassle of hooking up to a wireless network device.

Products are still being developed, but gadgets embedded with the chip from the Japanese manufacturer of Panasonic products can hook up to a broadband network by plugging into the common electrical outlet, company officials said Thursday.

That’s because the Osaka-based company has come up with technology to use electric wiring in the home to relay not just electricity but also data.

The technology has been around for some time – including in the United States – but Matsushita’s system is unique in that it delivers fast-speed broadband information at up to 170 megabits per second, which is faster than Ethernet.” More…

One question on my mind is reliability and susceptibility to noise from other appliances in your home. — thought this would be a change to post as a change from all the politics this week. zz