Orlando, Fla., December 22, 2008 - 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 Intellon's HomePlug AV-based powerline ICs are expected to be interoperable with future products designed to the newly-confirmed baseline for the IEEE P1901 global powerline communications standard. HomePlug AV technology included in the confirmed baseline for the P1901 standard provides the key to a seamless path toward compatibility with the future standard.
IEEE's proposed P1901 specification defines a global standard for communications over powerlines, and Intellon's HomePlug AV products are designed and optimized for the unique challenges of powerline communications. Intellon is also actively involved in the development of the ITU G.hn standard, which seeks to define a unified communications protocol over coax wiring and phone lines as well as powerlines. The ITU group is still working on defining the overall system specification so that optimal performance can be realized for each of the three wireline media.
Intellon has a long history of supporting and implementing global standards efforts. The company has shipped over 30 million powerline communications ICs based on HomePlug, EIA, SAE and TIA standards, including over 23 million HomePlug ICs. Over 45 service providers use Intellon's HomePlug ICs, with customer deployments over coax wiring and phone lines as well as powerlines. Because Intellon's ICs have been designed to optimize communications over the challenging powerline environment, they typically provide even higher bandwidth when operating over coax and phone wiring than over powerlines. Intellon invented the powerline communications technology upon which the HomePlug 1.0 standard was based and was a significant contributor to the HomePlug AV standard and the IEEE P1901 baseline; it is also an active contributor to the proposed ITU G.hn standard.
"Powerline technology remains the holy grail of home networking and is expected to blossom once a global standard is in place," said Steve Rago, principal analyst for broadband and IPTV at iSuppli Corporation. "Once the IEEE ratifies the P1901 standard, and interoperable powerline communications products emerge to meet the multimedia needs and bandwidth requirements in the connected home, wired home networking should grow to become a $7 billion business within five years."
"Global standards such as the IEEE P1901 and ITU G.hn will unify our industry and accelerate the development, adoption and use of fast and reliable powerline communications products for the connected home." said Rick Furtney, president and COO of Intellon Corporation. "With progress being made on both these initiatives, companies will be more inclined to invest in new products with powerline communications capability and users will have the assurance of interoperability that such a standard delivers."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 23 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 adoption, finalization, significance and future interoperability of any standards relative to Intellon HomePlug-based ICs either on a stand-alone basis or in any customer products or services or in any of the other applications or markets mentioned herein. 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 November 13, 2008, 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.
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