New Reports from Infonetics Research, Pike Research and In-Stat Affirm Industry Leadership of HomePlug® Technology

Explosive Growth of Home Networked Devices Drives Acceptance of Key Standards for Powerline Technology

Portland, Ore. - May 10, 2011 - Three recent reports - from Infonetics Research, Pike Research and In-Stat - point to impressive adoption and growth in wired home networking for connected home and smart appliance applications. They also underscore the continued leadership of HomePlug® technology.

HomePlug powerline technology uses existing electrical wiring for reliable home networking and Smart Grid applications. The HomePlug Powerline Alliance (www.homeplug.org) manages the largest compliance and interoperability certification program for powerline networking products.

In March, the Home Networking Devices market forecast from research firm Infonetics Research stated: "The EMEA region leads the world in HomePlug adapter and home NAS device sales, primarily because IPTV penetration is so much higher there, particularly Europe, where telco operators typically offer a HomePlug kit to connect an IP set-top box in the home to a residential gateway."

"As standards emerge for hybrid home networks, HomePlug has taken an early lead thanks to IPTV-related deployments in Europe and China," commented Jeff Heynen, directing analyst for broadband access at Infonetics Research.
The report "Smart Appliances" from Pike Research examined the current state of the global smart appliance market, including connected refrigerators, clothes washers and dryers, water heaters, dishwashers and other appliances.

"The adoption of standards is a key driver to widespread smart appliance adoption, and our research indicates that HomePlug Green PHY is likely to be the power line standard that gives manufacturers the confidence to rollout products in increasingly greater numbers," commented Pike Research analyst Bob Gohn.
On April 26, In-Stat announced that in 2010 HomePlug technology was incorporated in the largest number of networking nodes that use existing wiring (powerline or coax), and HomePlug maintains its leadership in router/gateway home networking units throughout the five year forecast horizon.

"These are timely reports pointing to the continued growth of home networks and the preeminence of the HomePlug standard," commented Rob Ranck, president of the HomePlug Powerline Alliance. "Vendors of all types - utility companies, service providers, appliance, networking and chip manufacturers - want to future proof their offerings and look to HomePlug technology as the way to do that."

About the HomePlug® Powerline Alliance
The HomePlug Powerline Alliance, Inc. (www.homeplug.org) is an industry-led initiative with 65 member companies that creates specifications and certification programs for using power lines for reliable home networking and Smart Grid applications. With HomePlug technology, the electrical wires in the home can now distribute broadband Internet, HD video, digital music and smart energy applications.

The Alliance's goal is to accelerate worldwide adoption for HomePlug technology by collaborating with international standards organizations such as the IEEE and through market development and user education programs. Today it is the powerline networking industry's largest Compliance and Interoperability Certification Program. The HomePlug Powerline Alliance works with key stakeholders to ensure all of its specifications are designed to meet the requirements of IPTV service providers, power utilities, equipment and appliance manufacturers, consumer electronics and other constituents. To date the program has certified over 245 products and recently began certifying IEEE 1901 products.

Sponsor members include Atheros Communications (ATHR); Broadcom Corporation (BRCM), Cisco (CSCO); Duke Energy (NYSE: DUK); GE Energy, an affiliate of General Electric Co. (NYSE: GE); Renesas Electronics Corporation (TSE: 6723); SPiDCOM Technologies; and STMicroelectronics (STM).

"HomePlug" is a trademark of the HomePlug Powerline Alliance, Inc. in the U.S. and other countries. Other names and brands may be claimed as the property of others.

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