San Ramon, Calif. - August 15, 2006 - Driving the adoption of open-standards based powerline communications technologies, the HomePlug® Powerline Alliance today announced the results of a product certification audit at the latest HomePlug Plugfest. The Plugfest is the final stage of the alliance's certification framework. Founded in 2000, the HomePlug alliance remains the only compliance, interoperability and standards organization in the powerline technology industry. As part of the alliance's goal for achieving the most rewarding consumer experience, the certification process is designed to maintain compatibility with existing powerline communications products.
Consumers will recognize interoperable products through the use of the HomePlug certified logo, which already exists on nearly six million products worldwide.
"Offering consumers the most robust yet simple-to-use product is the primary motivation behind this comprehensive compliance and interoperability program," said Pete Griffin, director of corporate technology at RadioShack Corporation. "The HomePlug Alliance leads the industry as the only powerline organization to offer such a complete strategy. By continuing to host Plugfest events, the HomePlug Powerline Alliance further accelerates mass deployment of powerline communications products globally."
The HomePlug Powerline Alliance has taken key measures to guarantee coexistence between the emerging HomePlug AV technology and the existing installed base of HomePlug 1.0 devices. The HomePlug AV specification requires the implementation of a coexistence mechanism to ensure coexistence with HomePlug 1.0 certified products.
Products receiving certification at the latest Plugfest include the following:
The HomePlug compliance and interoperability certification programs use common test code, standardized platforms, test specifications and a variety of system profiles. To help manufacturers and consumers easily identify HomePlug certified products, the Alliance awards each product a special HomePlug certification logo to incorporate onto product packages and collateral. The Alliance maintains a list of its certified products on the HomePlug website.
Because HomePlug certified products have been tested to work well together, consumers enjoy a seamless and easy set-up process when networking their home or business.
Additional details of the HomePlug certification programs are available at http://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 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.