Key Leaders in the Connected Home Industry to Gather at the HomePlug® Powerline Technology Conference

Intel and Bell Canada to keynote conference recognizing the important role of the alliance's "proven worldwide standards" in the digital home ecosystem

SAN RAMON, CA- Aug 2, 2005 - The HomePlug® Powerline Alliance today announced that The HomePlug Powerline Technology Conference, "Proven Worldwide Standards", will be held September 27-28, 2005, at The San Francisco Airport Embassy Suites.

Keynote speakers at the conference will include:

  • Donald J. MacDonald, vice president and general manager,
    Digital Home Group, Intel Corporation

  • Bradley Fisher, vice president of Consumer Services Development,
    Bell Canada

"We are truly honored to have such a distinguished line-up of speakers at our conference - it's a testimony to the importance and growing value of the HomePlug Alliance and our mission," said Pete Griffin, chairman of The HomePlug Powerline Alliance and Radio Shack's director of corporate technology. "We anticipate excitement in the market as we share in our speakers' wisdom and their insights on the industry. The alliance welcomes current and potential members to join us in this special opportunity to discuss the compelling business models driven by HomePlug technologies, and to celebrate the application of powerline communications in a wide variety of market segments."

The two-day HomePlug Powerline Technology Conference will feature expert speakers and panelists from multiple industries, who will explain why companies are interested in leveraging HomePlug technology in their respective fields of business. Conference attendees will also learn about what the industry views as the most compelling uses and ideas in the fast-growing powerline communications market, the latest details of the much-anticipated HomePlug AV technology, and why the industry is viewing HomePlug as a backbone networking technology for both to-the-home and in-the-home applications.

Speakers and executives at the Conference will include representatives from: Arkados, CEA, Comcast, Conexant, Current Technologies, Devolo, Duke Power, Earthlink, Intellon, Leviton, Linksys, NetGear, Parks Associates, Philips, Radio Shack, Sharp and Sony, among others.

"This conference comes at a very exciting time for the entirety of the powerline communications industry," said Oleg Logvinov, president of the Alliance and president and CEO of Arkados, Inc. "A huge level of industry support is lining up behind the HomePlug technologies, and this conference is a great opportunity to learn about the achievements of our industry."

Sponsors of the Conference to date include: Arkados, Current Technologies, Earthlink, Intel, Intellon, PowerPlus Communications, Sony and Spidcom Technologies.

Online registration for the HomePlug Powerline Technology Conference is currently available at http://www.homeplug.org. An early-bird discounted price of $499 is available to all attendees registering prior to August 31, 2005. HomePlug members may secure an early-bird discounted price of $199.

All interested parties are invited to join the HomePlug Powerline Alliance and contribute to the development of its specifications and broaden the growing list if applications. Companies interested in receiving information about the HomePlug Powerline Alliance are invited to contact the Executive Director, Rob Ranck at rranck@inventures.com, for details on membership and activities.

About the HomePlug Powerline Alliance
The HomePlug Powerline Alliance, Inc. is an industry-led initiative established to create specifications for home powerline networking products, command & control among platforms within the home and broadband access services to the home. Additionally, the Alliance is chartered to foster and accelerate demand for HomePlug-enabled products and services worldwide through the sponsorship of market and user education programs. Membership in the Alliance has grown to include about 50 industry-leading companies. HomePlug Sponsor companies include Arkados, Inc. a subsidiary of CDKNet.com, Inc. (OTCBB:CDKN); Comcast (CMCSK); Conexant (CNXT); EarthLink (ELNK); Intellon; RadioShack (RSH); Sharp (SHCPFM) and Sony (SNE). Additional information about the Alliance, including a complete listing of certified products, is available at http://www.homeplug.org.

HomePlug is a registered trademark of the HomePlug Powerline Alliance, Inc. All other trademarks, trade names and service marks mentioned and/or used belong to their respective owners.