HomePlug Powerline Alliance and HD-PLC Alliance to Develop Joint Certification Program for Shared Coexistence Mechanism

Program ensures that IEEE P1901 PLC devices coexist with one another and other compliant technologies, enabling communications across power lines without interference

PISCATAWAY, N.J.- The IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA) today announced that it is facilitating cooperation between the HomePlug® Powerline Alliance and HD-PLC Alliance . Initially, work is focused on a joint certification program for the Inter-System Protocol (ISP) in the IEEE P1901 standard that allows coexistence between Power Line Communications (PLC) technologies. The coexistence standard allows physical devices that are compliant with different variants of the IEEE P1901 standard to operate without interference, enabling high-speed communications across shared electric power connections.

The ISP certification testing is now being finalized with an interoperability "plugfest" scheduled for May 2010 to certify the first compliant silicon chips.

"We are pleased to work with HomePlug Powerline Alliance to ensure coexistence of our PLC technologies," said Michimasa Aramaki, president of the HD-PLC Alliance. "The collaborative environment provided by IEEE-SA will allow us to work together to expand the marketplace for IEEE P1901-compliant products and contribute to accelerated Smart Grid rollout."

Added Rob Ranck, president of the HomePlug Powerline Alliance: "Now is the right time for this joint certification program with HD-PLC Alliance, with momentum growing for Smart Grid development worldwide. Our cooperation with HD-PLC will make IEEE P1901 even more robust and useful in the Smart Grid and other applications."

A wide variety of industries and markets stand to benefit from the ability for PLC technologies to coexist with one another. In the Smart Grid, for example, wide adoption of standards such as IEEE P1901 is seen as one of the critical steps necessary to encourage the production of low-cost Smart Grid-ready home appliances.

IEEE-SA facilitates like-minded organizations coming together in the early stages of collaborative work through its Industry Connections program (http://standards.ieee.org/prod-serv/indconn/index.html), an efficient, effective, and economical framework for building industry consensus. Groups have the unique opportunity to leverage IEEE and IEEE-SA resources in a customized format and produce varied content, such as proposals for standards, white papers, specialized tools or processes and online databases.

About the HomePlug® Powerline Alliance

Founded in 2000, the HomePlug Powerline Alliance, Inc. is an industry-led initiative with more than 70 member companies that creates specifications and certification logo programs for using the powerlines for reliable home networking and Smart Grid applications. The Alliance accelerates worldwide adoption for HomePlug technology by collaborating with international standards organizations such as the IEEE and through market development and user education programs. Sponsor members include Atheros Communications (ATHR); Cisco (CSCO); Comcast (CMCSK); Duke Energy (DUK), GE Energy, an affiliate of General Electric Co. (NYSE: GE); Gigle Networks; Motorola, Inc. (MOT); NEC Electronics Corporation (TSE: 6723); and SPiDCOM Technologies. Contributor members include Arkados (OTCBB: AKDS); Corporate Systems Engineering; and Renesas Technology Corp. For more information, visit http://www.homeplug.org.

About the HD-PLC Alliance

HD-PLC Alliance was established on September 25, 2007, to promote the world-wide adoption of HD-PLC high-speed power line communication technology, and the interoperability of devices that use that technology. HD-PLC Alliance is a non-profit association of more than 20 members including industrial leading organizations. The Alliance dedicates its efforts to leading the international standardization such as IEEE, and certification logo program For more information, visit http://www.hd-plc.org/.

About the IEEE Standards Association

The IEEE Standards Association, a globally recognized standards-setting body, develops consensus standards through an open process that engages industry and brings together a broad stakeholder community. IEEE standards set specifications and best practices based on current scientific and technological knowledge. The IEEE-SA has a portfolio of over 900 active standards and more than 400 standards under development. For information on the IEEE-SA, see: http://standards.ieee.org.

About the IEEE

IEEE is the world's largest professional association advancing innovation and technological excellence for the benefit of humanity. Through its more than 375,000 members in 160 countries, IEEE is a leading authority on a wide variety of areas ranging from aerospace systems, computers and telecommunications to biomedical engineering, electric power and consumer electronics. Dedicated to the advancement of technology, IEEE publishes 30 percent of the world's literature in the electrical and electronics engineering and computer science fields, and has developed nearly 900 active industry standards. The organization annually sponsors more than 850 conferences worldwide. Additional information about IEEE can be found at http://www.ieee.org.