HomePlug® Powerline Alliance Welcomes New Contributor Members Huawei Technologies and Corporate Systems Engineering

Alliance Adds Leading Telecommunications and Energy Management Solutions Companies to its Expanding List of Supporters

San Ramon, Calif. July 17, 2007 Continuing on its worldwide drive in support of high-speed networking over power lines, the HomePlug Powerline Alliance today announced that Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd. and Corporate Systems Engineering (CSE) have joined the Alliance as Contributor Members. These new members are an indication of the substantial progress the Alliance has made in the area of "smart grid" or "green energy" technologies, and in high-speed to-the-home and in-the-home communications.

Shenzhen, China-based Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd. is a leader in providing next-generation telecommunications networks for operators around the world, and Corporate Systems Engineering is an Indianapolis, Indiana-based clean energy technology company providing "green energy" through demand response and advanced metering initiatives. With the addition of these two market leaders, the HomePlug Powerline Alliance demonstrates its ongoing ability to align the world's leading companies in telecommunications networks and energy management solutions around the global HomePlug family of standards. The support of Huawei and Corporate Systems Engineering adds to the steady growth of the HomePlug Alliance, as membership continues to rapidly increase globally, with more than twenty new member companies joining over the past year.

"This signifies the substantial progress that the HomePlug Alliance has made around the world and the support we have won from a global community of technology leaders," said Mathew Theall of Intel Corporation, who also serves as president of the HomePlug Powerline Alliance. "As top players in their respective fields, Huawei and Corporate Systems Engineering understand the importance of an open-standards approach to powerline communications, and their membership will serve as a key factor in shaping the future of powerline communications technologies."

"HomePlug technologies enable a whole ecosystem of new devices and services," said Steve Taylor, president of Corporate Systems Engineering. "The HomePlug Command and Control specification (HPCC) will enable Corporate Systems Engineering to extend their Demand Response leadership in Wide Area Network into the Home Area Network with peripheral control of devices such as thermostats, household appliances and other HPCC-enabled equipment. By providing HPCC-certified products to electrical utilities nationwide, CSE and the HomePlug Alliance will help save consumers money by lowering their peak energy demand and reducing overall energy consumption. This lowers total energy costs for all consumers and improves the environment through reduced carbon emissions and offset generation."

"Huawei is committed to building robust solutions for many kinds of communications products, and HomePlug powerline technology shows great promise for a wide variety of exciting applications," said Paul Dixon, senior research engineer at HiSilicon, Huawei Technologies' ASIC Design Center. "By joining the HomePlug Alliance, we can ensure that our products will be fully functional with next-generation home networking solutions. Additionally, as the Group Chair of the BPL Technology Working Group, I hope to draw on Huawei's expertise to strengthen the Alliance's specifications for the whole industry."

Founded in 2000, the HomePlug Powerline Alliance is the only powerline communications organization to offer an open-standard based technology backed by multiple silicon providers and a strict product certification process developed by product manufacturers worldwide. Companies interested in receiving information about joining the HomePlug 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 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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