The evolution of home networking is paving the way for next-generation technologies - from Internet Protocol television to home automation. At the forefront of these innovations is power line communications specialist GigaFast, whose products encompass data, audio, video and security applications. Initially established as a networking products manufacturer, GigaFast is backed by its solid experience in providing innovative solutions, Taiwan-based engineering team and plants in Sijhih and Dongguan. Specialising in power line communications since 2001, it became a part of the HomePlug Powerline Alliance, which aims to promote the adoption of cost-effective, interoperable and standards-based home power line networks and products. "Our key to success is passion for technology. We're a leader in the HomePlug industry, and our target has always been to develop high-quality products," says GigaFast president Jay Cheng. "We always try to push the envelope of power line communications, working closely with developers and chipset providers to shape the technology and bring it to market." The company collaborates with four of the largest HomePlug chipset vendors: Qualcomm, Broadcom, ST Microelectronics and Sigma Designs, that have chosen GigaFast as their alpha site development partner. It is also the supplier of choice for original design and equipment manufacturers, and is behind some of the world's most renowned brands. Such close partnerships allow GigaFast to reach customers worldwide. The company eyes a bigger presence in Asia, particularly Japan, South Korea, Malaysia and the mainland, where HomePlug technology is gaining interest. It also foresees significant growth for power line wireless products this year, and is ready to respond to clients' demands for standardised and customised solutions. "We are partnering with major Taiwan brands to push into Asia," Cheng says. "There's a lot of potential growth as HomePlug moves towards energy management and monitoring markets. We aim to participate in this growth - and expand four times our size in the next five years."