Tokyo, Japan - November 7, 2006 - Driving the worldwide acceptance of high-speed
networking over powerlines, the HomePlug® Powerline Alliance announced today at the Japan
Users Forum that Texas Instruments (TI) has joined the HomePlug Implementers' Forum Board
of Directors. This announcement comes just weeks after the HomePlug's Technology
Conference, which highlighted HomePlug's expanded membership, latest technology and key
contributors. With the addition of TI, the HomePlug Powerline Alliance membership has rapidly
increased from 43 members to 70 companies in the last year.
"Texas Instruments will significantly contribute to HomePlug's efforts to simplify the consumer
experience as it relates to multi-media and rich content distribution within the evolving digital
home," said Mathew Theall of Intel Corporation, who also serves as president of the HomePlug
Powerline Alliance. "As a leading supplier to consumer electronics industry, TI understands the
importance of HomePlug's open-standards approach to powerline technologies, and their
membership will serve as a key factor in shaping the Alliance for the future."
The addition of TI to the Alliance's leadership team is expected to have a tremendous impact on
the extended capabilities of in-home consumer applications, as the lines of distinction between
consumer electronics, entertainment and computing continue to blur. As a member of the Board
of Directors, TI will play a significant role in further developing HomePlug standards, products and
initiatives. HomePlug now features the top three worldwide semiconductor companies with Intel,
Samsung and Texas Instruments on its board of directors.
"TI is committed to making it fast and easy for OEMs and service providers to deliver great home
networking to consumers, including voice, video and data throughout the quickly evolving digital
home," said Kurt Eckles, director of marketing and customer support for TI's Residential Gateway
and Embedded Systems business. "We look forward to our increased role with the HomePlug
Power Alliance and contributing to its efforts toward open, intuitive and scalable standards for
fixed line home networks."
The HomePlug Alliance has several focus areas: HomePlug 1.0 + AV (in-home connectivity,
including digital home and consumer electronics applications); HomePlug BPL (to-the-home,
Broadband-over-Powerline applications); and HomePlug Command and Control (Home
Companies interested in receiving information about joining the HomePlug Powerline Alliance are
invited to contact Executive Director Rob Ranck (email@example.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 (OTCBB:
AKDS); Conexant (CNXT); Gigle Semiconductor; Intellon Corporation; and SPiDCOM
Technologies. 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