HomePlug® Powerline Alliance Gains Global Momentum

Alliance celebrates 9 million products shipped

HomePlug® Powerline Alliance Gains Global Momentum

- Alliance celebrates 9 million products shipped -

San Ramon, Calif. May 2, 2007 Driving the worldwide acceptance of high-speed networking over power lines, the HomePlug® Powerline Alliance today announced that its member companies have now shipped over nine million powerline communications devices on six continents. Building on this momentum, Intel® Corporation recently disclosed at its Developer Forum in Beijing, that the company plans to include HomePlug AV technology as an optional feature on select 2008 desktop platforms.

"With the emergence of Internet-delivered video, improvements in home networking and standards such as HomePlug A/V, are vital to ensuring that high-definition digital entertainment can seamlessly get inside and move between devices in the home," said Eric Kim, Intel senior vice president and general manager of the Digital Home Group. "Intel has been evaluating the performance of HomePlug AV and has found the technology to be a robust and viable solution for the home."

"HomePlug powerline communications is achieving dramatic growth around the world, fueled by a wide range of content delivery applications such as HDTV, broadband and audio distribution inside the home," said Matthew McRae, senior director of business development of Linksys and treasurer of the HomePlug Powerline Alliance. "We believe HomePlug AV offers the most compelling in-home wireline connectivity solution for the consumer wishing to create a seamless digital home entertainment experience."

"As we have reported recently, the HomePlug powerline standard is the dominant powerline technology in the market today," said Joyce Putscher, principal analyst for home networking/digital home research at In-Stat. "This latest declaration by Intel confirms HomePlug's continuing momentum and promise, and points to potentially explosive growth in the future."

Founded in 2000, the HomePlug 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.

The HomePlug Powerline Alliance will be hosting a press-only coffee break at 10:30a.m. on May 2 at the CONNECTIONS 2007 conference at the Santa Clara Convention Center in California. HomePlug is a sponsor of CONNECTIONS 2007, and Alliance member companies Arkados, Inc., Asoka, GigaFast, Intellon Corporation and Yitran will be demonstrating products at the conference in the HomePlug Alliance booth - #401. Additional information on HomePlug and its member companies is available at www.HomePlug.org.

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 80 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); 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 owners.