HomePlug Powerline Alliance Showcases HomePlug AV Technology at CeBIT 2005

The world's only freely licensable, multi-vendor powerline communications technology provides whole-house connectivity for HDTV, home theater, and other connected home applications

SAN RAMON, CA- March 7, 2005 - HomePlug® Powerline Alliance, Inc., an industry consortium that creates international specifications for high-speed powerline networking products and services, will be exhibiting in the World of Powerline pavilion at CeBIT 2005 in Hannover, Germany. The alliance, with nearly fifty member companies worldwide, will show how HomePlug AV technology builds on the global success of HomePlug 1 to provide reliable whole-house distribution of digital video and audio over in-home powerlines. The demonstration will be held in Hall 14, Stand H13.

The demonstration illustrates how HomePlug AV technology enhances a consumers' digital entertainment experience by enabling whole-house distribution of HDTV and other digital content without the need to install additional set-top boxes or run new wires. Using Sharp's high quality AV transmission technologies to bridge to an implementation platform of the pre-ratification HomePlug AV technology, HDTV content is transmitted over the power lines from a personal video recorder (PVR) to Sharp's popular Aquos LCD television.

Throughout the CeBIT exposition halls, member companies of the HomePlug alliance will be showcasing the wide range of products that use the alliance's initial standard, HomePlug 1.0. With over two million HomePlug products sold, products in use on six continents, and integrated circuits produced by multiple vendors, HomePlug 1.0 technology has enjoyed global success that continues to grow.

"Powerline communication revolutionizes the meaning of the connected home," said Oleg Logvinov, president of the HomePlug alliance. "The technology transforms every powered device into a networked appliance capable of seamlessly delivering every kind of entertainment or communications that a consumer could desire. All HomePlug technologies are being designed to interoperate, so they truly enable the long-awaited dream of the connected home." Mr. Logvinov is also president and CEO of Arkados, Inc., a subsidiary of CDKNet.com.

All HomePlug specifications are developed through competitive processes that test the powerline technologies submitted by companies from across the globe. After laboratory tests and field trials, the membership of the HomePlug alliance selects the best baseline technology and begins a multi-company specification process that introduces improvements.

Arkados, Conexant Systems, Intellon Corporation and Sharp are the main technology contributors to the HomePlug AV specification, which the alliance expects to ratify in the second quarter of 2005. The CeBIT demonstration uses devices produced by Intellon and Sharp.

The HomePlug AV MAC and PHY have also been recently approved by the alliance as the baseline technology for the new HomePlug BPL specification, which the alliance expects to release later in 2005.

All interested parties are invited to join the HomePlug Powerline Alliance and contribute to the development of its specifications. Companies interested in receiving information regarding the HomePlug Powerline Alliance are invited to contact the Executive Director, Rob Ranck rranck@inventures.com

About the HomePlug Powerline Alliance

The HomePlug Powerline Alliance, Inc. is a consortium of industry-leading companies working to develop the global market for interoperable, standards-based powerline communications technologies. The alliance's Board member companies include Arkados, Inc. a subsidiary of CDKNet.com, Inc. (OTC BB:CDKN), Cogency Semiconductor, Comcast (CMCSK), Conexant (CNXT), EarthLink (ELNK), Intellon, RadioShack (RSH), Sharp (SHCPFM) and Sony Electronics Inc.(SNE). For information about specifications, product certification, and how to join, visit http://www.homeplug.org.

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