Orlando, Fla., June 18, 2009 - Intellon Corporation
), a leading provider of HomePlug®-compatible integrated circuits (ICs) for home networking, networked entertainment, Ethernet-over-Coax (EoC) and smart grid applications, today announced that Neli, a France-based manufacturer of consumer electronics devices, is launching their innovative solution that distributes free digital TV content over a home's existing electrical wiring. Intellon's HomePlug AV-based chipsets with 200 Mbps PHY-rates are used in Neli's "Base" and "Nomad" units.
In France, Digital Video Broadcasting - Terrestrial (DVB-T) technology, under the name Television Numerique Terrestre (TNT), delivers about 30 local and national channels, with 18 of these being free-to-view in standard or high-definition quality. The digital content must be decoded for analog TV sets and most residents have no easy way of distributing the signal to other rooms without installing new coax cabling. To accommodate the need to view different content in multiple rooms, Neli is offering their customers an easy way to immediately enjoy digital TV everywhere in their homes.
The Neli solution includes a Base unit which receives the signal over coax from an individual or community antenna (such as in apartment buildings). The Base sends the signal over existing home electrical wiring to Nomad units connected to TVs around the home. The Base has three tuners and therefore can send three different channels simultaneously to the Nomad units in other rooms. The Nomad units decode the signal and display the TV programming on each television.
"In France, there are still over 25 million analog TVs that need a digital TV decoder and currently some 34 percent of French homes have no digital TV capability at all," said Cyril Boissy, Sales and Marketing Director for Neli. "Our solution handles the signal conversion so people can continue to use analog TVs and, equally important, it easily accommodates family members who may wish to view different channels in other rooms without TV sockets. As the country undergoes the switchover to digital, our product will help professionals to immediately turn entire houses from analog to digital."
"Intellon powerline communications ICs are used by over 45 service providers who serve millions of customers," said Rick Furtney, president and COO of Intellon Corporation. "We're pleased that Neli is embedding our ICs into a convenient solution for customers who want to view free content anywhere in the home."
According to Boissy, Neli research found that a low percentage of French residences have coax wiring to multiple rooms and about 45 percent of citizens rent and do not want to invest in coax installations in a rented unit. Neli believes their solution is ideal for these applications. Neli expects to market the solution initially over the Internet in France and plans to sign distributors later. Expansion to other European countries and developing solutions for satellite or cable digital TV distribution are also in the works.About Neli Technologies
Neli Technologies is a company founded in Feb. 2008 that develops and commercializes, under its own brand and in ODM form, a world-exclusive product distributing free-to-air digital TV channels throughout the house using powerline communications technology. Additional information can be found on the company website: www.Neli-technologies.com.About Intellon CorporationIntellon
(Nasdaq: ITLN) is a market leader in powerline
communications, providing HomePlug® compliant and other powerline integrated circuits for home networking, networked entertainment
access, Ethernet-over-Coax (EoC), smart grid management and other commercial applications. Intellon created and patented the baseline technology for HomePlug 1.0, and is a major contributor to the baseline technology for the 200-Mbps PHY-rate HomePlug AV powerline standard
. With more than 28 million HomePlug-based ICs sold, Intellon is the market share leader in the HomePlug IC market. The Company was founded in 1989 and is headquartered in Orlando, Florida, with offices in Ocala, Florida, San Jose, California and Toronto, Canada. For additional information, visit www.intellon.com
. Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements:
All statements included or incorporated by reference in this release, other than statements or characterizations of historical fact, are forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, assertions regarding the use of Intellon's HomePlug-based solutions in Neli's products or services. Actual future results could differ materially from those anticipated as a result of certain risks and uncertainties. These factors include, but are not limited to, the risk that the market for powerline communications products, including Intellon ICs, may not develop as expected; the risk that Intellon may be unable to manage its growth effectively; uncertainties associated with competitive pressures, technical challenges and changes in industry standards; customer concentration and changes in customer demand and product mix; fluctuations in the availability and pricing of third party products and services used to manufacture, assemble and test Intellon's products; problems or delays in the fabrication, assembly, testing or delivery of Intellon's products; and economic and political uncertainties in Intellon's markets, including the risk of continued volatility and uncertainty in global financial and commercial markets. These and other risk factors are described in detail in the Risk Factors section of Intellon's Form 10-Q
dated May 8, 2009, as filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Intellon assumes no obligation to update the forward-looking information contained in this release. Intellon and No New Wires are registered trademarks of Intellon Corporation. HomePlug is a registered trademark of the HomePlug Powerline Alliance, Inc. All other trademarks mentioned are the property of their respective owners.# # #