NEC Electronics Joins the HomePlug Powerline Alliance Board of Directors Along with Gigle Semiconductor, Intellon Corporation and SPiDCOM Technologies

- Expanded Board Strengthens HomePlug's Drive for Industry Unification -

Portland, Oregon - May 12, 2009 - The HomePlug® Powerline Alliance, the world's leading trade association for powerline communications and key promoter of global unification for powerline technologies, today announced the addition of Gigle Semiconductor, Intellon Corporation, NEC Electronics Corporation and SPiDCOM Technologies to the organization's Board of Directors. Additionally, all four companies have signed on as Sponsor Members to the Alliance, the highest level of membership available. With more than 70 member companies, an installed base with over 27 million units shipped, the industry's only comprehensive certification program, and the recent adoption of HomePlug AV as baseline technology for multiple international standards, the HomePlug Powerline Alliance has established itself as the clear global leader for powerline networking.

Through its Smart Energy Initiative, HomePlug is focusing on adopting communications and networking technologies to help consumers monitor and reduce their energy consumption. The HomePlug alliance is actively collaborating with utility companies and the ZigBee® Alliance to help build the Home Area Network (HAN) ecosystem that enables intelligent energy management and efficiency in the home and small businesses.

"Gigle, Intellon, SPiDCOM and NEC truly understand the importance of HomePlug's standards-based approach to unifying the powerline communication industry," said Rob Ranck, president of the HomePlug Powerline Alliance. "Having these companies on our Board strengthens our drive to take the industry to the next level of adoption and broad consumer acceptance."

"Powerline technology is essential to the successful rollout of HD IPTV solutions to our customers," said Fabrice Amand, livebox inlife marketing manager for France Telecom-Orange, a member and key contributor to the HomePlug Powerline Alliance, ITU and IEEE P1901. "We welcome the new Board members and the recent announcements of multiple silicon sources for HomePlug, a key element for operators."

"Reliable and cost-effective communication technologies are key for designers looking to develop smart-energy products, and standardization will be key to achieving mainstream adoption," said Kazu Yamada, vice president, custom SOC solutions strategic business unit, NEC Electronics America, Inc. "By joining the HomePlug Powerline Alliance, NEC Electronics reaffirms its commitment to provide standardized and cost-effective connectivity solutions for applications in energy management such as smart metering, home area networks and building automation."

"Gigle wholly supports the global adoption of standards and the work the HomePlug Powerline Alliance has put forth to unify the industry to create even faster market growth and provide strong benefits to consumers," said Mike Wilson, vice president of corporate business development for Gigle Semiconductor. "As a member of HomePlug's Board of Directors, we are looking forward to taking on an expanded role within the Alliance and participating in the creation of HomePlug's next generation 1Gbps powerline standard."

"Intellon, a founding member of the Alliance, is a leader in providing powerline ICs for HomePlug 1.0 and AV-based products deployed into the IPTV/service provider, retail, consumer electronics and emerging Smart Grid markets," said Christopher Henningsen, vice president of marketing for Intellon Corporation. "We fully support interoperable HomePlug products for these segments as well as future standards that are interoperable with the large installed base on HomePlug devices."

"Joining the Board, SPiDCOM strengthens its long time technology contributions to HomePlug standards," said Frederic Onado, Chief Operating Officer of the Europe headquartered SPiDCOM Technologies and Vice President EMEA of the HomePlug Alliance. "We are glad our newly released HomePlug AV chip belongs to the only multi-silicon vendor powerline ecosystem in existence."

About Gigle Semiconductor:
Gigle Semiconductor provides system-on-chip integrated circuits for multimedia home networking over any wire (including powerline, coax, and phone line) targeting applications such as IPTV, BBTV, VoD, and VoIP. Gigle's integrated circuits offer superior performance, coverage, and quality of service, and are designed to be easily integrated into consumer electronics and IT products. Gigle is a strong supporter of open standards, a member of the HomePlug Powerline Alliance and the HomeGrid Forum, and an active participant in IEEE P1901 and wireline standardization initiatives. Gigle has offices in Redwood City, CA; Barcelona, Spain and Edinburgh, UK. Additional information about the company can be found at

About Intellon Corporation:
Intellon Corporation is a market leader in powerline communications, providing HomePlug compliant and other powerline integrated circuits for home networking, networked entertainment, BPL access, Ethernet-over-Coax (EoC), smart grid management and other commercial applications. A long-time supporter of the HomePlug Powerline Alliance, Intellon has played an integral role in the success and awareness of the HomePlug standard. Additional information about Intellon Corporation can be found at

About NEC Electronics Corporation:
NEC Electronics Corporation specializes in semiconductor products encompassing advanced technology solutions in for high-end computing and broadband networking markets; system solutions for the mobile handset, PC peripheral, automotive and digital consumer markets; and multi-market solutions for a wide range of customer applications. NEC Electronics Corp. has subsidiaries worldwide including NEC Electronics America, Inc. ( and NEC Electronics (Europe) GmbH ( Additional information about the company can be found at

About SPiDCOM Technologies:
SPiDCOM Technologies is a fabless semiconductor company specializing in integrated circuits and Linux-based software bundles for Multimedia Home Networking, EoC (Ethernet over coax), BPL Access, Smart Grid and other "any-wire" based applications (powerline, coax, phone line). SPiDCOM provides both proprietary and HomePlug AV standard-based solutions to its partners for "no-limits" product developments. Additional information about the company can be found at

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 energy applications. The Alliance accelerates worldwide adoption for HomePlug technology by collaborating with international standards organizations such as IEEE and through market development and user education programs. Sponsor members include Cisco (CSCO); Comcast (CMCSK); GE Energy, an affiliate of General Electric Co. (NYSE: GE); Gigle Semiconductor; Intellon Corporation (ITLN); Intel Corporation (INTC); Motorola (MOT); NEC Electronics Corporation (TSE: 6723); and SPiDCOM Technologies. Contributor members include Arkados (OTCBB: AKDS); Corporate Systems Engineering; Renesas Technology Corp., Texas Instruments Incorporated (NYSE:TXN) and Yitran Communications Ltd. For more information on the HomePlug Powerline Alliance, please visit
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