HomePlug Powerline Alliance Announces Dates for HomePlug AV Certification Plugfest

First Compliance and Interoperability Certification to Grant Products the HomePlug AV Certified Logo Promising Seamless Compatibility of Products across Multiple Vendors

San Ramon, Calif. July 12, 2007 Driving the worldwide acceptance of high-speed networking over power lines, the HomePlug® Powerline Alliance today announced the dates for its HomePlug AV compliance and interoperability (C&I) product certification "Plugfest." The event, which includes testing performed by an independent laboratory in France, consists of two parts
compliance testing and interoperability testing and will take place July 16-27, 2007.

HomePlug member companies will submit products to be tested at the "Plugfest" event to qualify for the "HomePlug AV Certified" logo, which promotes interoperability of products incorporating powerline communications standards and ensures a seamless consumer experience.

Founded in 2000, the HomePlug Alliance is the only powerline communications organization to offer open-standard based technology backed by multiple silicon providers and a strong program of compliance and interoperability testing. The latest round of HomePlug testing is the first to award products the "HomePlug AV Certified" logo, identifying that they are interoperable with other products within the HomePlug AV high-speed connectivity solution.
"As the only powerline organization to offer such a complete approach, the HomePlug Alliance's compliance and interoperability certification programs guarantee that consumers will have the most robust yet easy-to-use products available today," said Craig Cedros from Intel Corporation, who serves as the chair of the HomePlug Powerline Alliance C&I Work Group. "By continuing with such efforts as our Plugfest testing, the HomePlug Alliance further advances the worldwide acceptance of powerline communications products."

The HomePlug AV compliance and interoperability test events are held at an independent test facility using common test code, standardized platforms, test specifications and a variety of system profiles. To help manufacturers and consumers easily identify HomePlug AV products, the Alliance awards each product successfully tested a special "HomePlug AV Certified" mark to incorporate onto products, product packaging and collateral. The Alliance maintains a list of these products on the HomePlug Web site. The Alliance is continuing to expand its compliance and interoperability testing. With the large number of products submitted, the independent Test House will have an inventory of certified products which will enable product vendors to work with the Test House to schedule testing as soon as their products are ready. This helps member companies plan for and accelerate their product introductions.

For a full list of products from member companies that have already received HomePlug certification, please visit www.homeplug.org/products/certified/. Additional details on the HomePlug compliance and interoperability programs are available at www.HomePlug.org.

About the HomePlug® Powerline Alliance:
The HomePlug Powerline Alliance, Inc. is an industry-led initiative established to create specifications for home high-speed powerline networking products and command & control among platforms within the home, and broadband access services to the home. The Alliance accelerates 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 more than 75 industry-leading companies. HomePlug Sponsor companies include Cisco (CSCO); Comcast (CMCSK); GE Security, Inc., an affiliate of General Electric Co. (NYSE: GE); Intel Corporation; LG Electronics (Korea Stock Exchange: 6657.KS); Motorola (MOT); RadioShack Corporation (RSH); Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (SSNGY.PK); Sharp Laboratories of America; TCL Group Holding Co., Ltd (TCL Group); and Texas Instruments Incorporated (NYSE:TXN) (TI). Contributor members include Arkados (OTCBB: AKDS); Conexant (CNXT); Corporate Systems Engineering; Gigle Semiconductor; Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.; Intellon Corporation; and SPiDCOM Technologies. Additional information about the Alliance, including a complete listing of certified products, is available at http://www.homeplug.org.


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