HomePlug® Powerline Alliance Announces Second HomePlug Executive Seminar in Japan for Consumer Electronics Markets

Alliance members to demonstrate HomePlug AV technology and discuss business opportunities for powerline technologies based on open standards

San Ramon, Calif. — July 10, 2006 — Driving the worldwide acceptance of high-speed networking over power lines, the HomePlug® Powerline Alliance today announced that it will conduct a special executive seminar in Japan on the uses of HomePlug powerline communications standards in the growing consumer electronics and communications markets. The meeting will be held on July 12 at the Keio Plaza Hotel in Tokyo, Japan. Intel Corporation is presenting the seminar with additional sponsors including Arkados Inc. and Intellon Corp.

"With the increasing demand for consumer-friendly yet robust networking solutions, HomePlug Powerline Alliance members continue to develop groundbreaking powerline applications by supporting a single open standard," said Edward Butler, from Intel Corporation, who also serves as president of the HomePlug Powerline Alliance. "The HomePlug alliance views Japan as a significant emerging market for our standards-based approach to powerline networking solutions and we're committed to pursuing the region as an integral part of global adoption."

With millions of HomePlug-enabled products in use on six continents, the alliance's standards address the rapidly growing powerline communications market. The HomePlug Executive Seminar will provide detailed information to engineers, developers, business leaders and regulators about the technologies and competitive selection process behind the HomePlug standards, the alliance's commitment to global regulatory compliance and how companies are using HomePlug-based products to benefit consumers. In addition to describing the HomePlug technologies and their role in the global market, the seminar will address their suitability for the unique Japanese domestic market.

Topics to be covered in the HomePlug Executive Seminar include:
  • An overview of HomePlug networking standards

    • HomePlug 1.0 for Internet connection sharing and home networking

    • HomePlug AV for whole-house high-definition entertainment

    • HomePlug broadband over powerlines (BPL) for to-the-home Internet connections and utility applications

    • HomePlug Command & Control for home automation and other applications

  • HomePlug's approach to the unique Japanese domestic market

  • HomePlug AV Architecture Overview

  • Global Service Provider HomePlug Deployments

  • HomePlug BPL Overview

  • HomePlug Command and Control Overview

  • Interoperability, Effective Co-existence, Interference concerns, and worldwide regulatory requirements

  • Compliance and Interoperability Certification

  • The exciting future for HomePlug standards

  • Live technology demonstration of multiple HDTV transmissions using HomePlug AV

Those interested in attending the conference should submit their contact information online at http://japan2006.homeplug.org or send an email message to dkadakia@inventures.com. The seminar is free of charge, however early registration is encouraged as seating is extremely limited. Lunch will be provided for those who attend.

Companies interested in receiving information about the HomePlug Powerline Alliance are invited to contact Executive Director Rob Ranck (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 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 over 65 industry-leading companies. HomePlug Sponsor companies include Cisco (CSCO); Comcast (CMCSK); EarthLink (ELNK); GE Security, Inc., an affiliate of General Electric Co. (NYSE: GE); Intel Corporation (INTC); Motorola (MOT); RadioShack Corporation (RSH); Sharp Laboratories of America; and Sony (SNE). Contributor members include Arkados, Inc. a subsidiary of CDKNet.com, Inc. (OTCBB:CDKN); Conexant (CNXT); Gigle Semiconductor; and

Intellon Corporation. 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.