HomePlug Alliance Announces Key Speakers for 2011 Conference Addressing Top Industry Themes - the Connected Digital Home, Smart Energy and HomePlug Technology Innovation

France Telecom / Orange to Keynote - Plus Luminaries Across Utility, Auto Manufacturing, Telco, Smart Energy and Technology Industries to Present

Portland, Ore. - October 20, 2011 - Demonstrating the major themes surrounding the HomePlug market - the Connected Digital Home, Smart Energy initiatives and Technology Innovation - the HomePlug® Powerline Alliance today announced its full lineup of speakers at the upcoming HomePlug Technology Conference - November 8-9, 2011 in San Francisco, California. Full details and registration information at www.homeplug.org/conference.

The Connected Digital Home
Spotlighting the rapid evolution of the networked home, France Telecom / Orange's Rida Zauaoui, Head of Access Networks Standardization, will keynote the event. Rida will discuss the evolving networking needs of the customer - for both consumers and businesses, such as service providers. Related sessions include:

Real World Examples of HomePlug in Action:
Todd Antes, VP of Product Management, Networking Business Unit, Qualcomm Atheros
Thierry Fernandez, Deputy General Manager and CTO, LEA Networks
David Henry, VP Product Management, Retail Business Unit, NETGEAR

HomePlug Real World Field Test Results:
Michael Himmels, VP of Engineering, devolo AG

The Future of Home Networking (5, 10 Years and Beyond):
Bill Niemeyer, Senior Analyst, The Diffusion Group

Smart Energy Initiatives
These sessions look at the critical role HomePlug technology is playing in extending and standardizing the move to the Smart Grid:

HomePlug Technologies: The Foundation of Smart Grid and Smart Energy:
Robby Simpson, PhD, System Architect, GE Digital Energy

Enabling Smart Energy Applications in the Home:
Gary Stuebing, Strategic Planning Manager, Duke Energy
Chris Knudsen, Director, Technology Innovation Center, Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E)
Anna Grau, Senior Consultant, Smart Grid Engineering Group, EnerNex Corporation

HomePlug Technology for Plug-In Electric Vehicle Connectivity:
Jim Zyren, Director of Product Management, Qualcomm Atheros
Dr. Thomas Frisch, Daimler AG
Slav Berezin, Senior Project Engineer, General Motors
Richard Lowenthal, Founder and Chief Technical Officer, Coulomb Technologies
John Gartner, Research Director, Pike Research

HomePlug Green PHY (GP), Purpose-Built Connectivity for Smart Energy Applications:
Scott Willy, VP, Strategy and Standardization Manager, SPiDCOM Technologies

Netricity PLC and the Upcoming IEEE 1901.2 Standard:
Oleg Logvinov, Director of Market Development, STMicroelectronics

HomePlug Technology Innovation
These tracks take a deep look at the significant strides occurring in the core technology:

HomePlug's Digital Entertainment Solutions: HomePlug AV / IEEE 1901 & HomePlug AV2
Purva Rajkotia, Director of Product Management, Qualcomm Atheros

Introduction to IEEE 1905 Standard
Hendrik van der Meer, Sr. Product Line Manager, Broadcom

The Benefits of IEEE 1905 - A Hybrid Networked Home
C. Scott Willy, VP, Strategy and Standardization Manager, SPiDCOM Technologies
Rob Gelphman, Chair, Marketing Work Group, Multimedia over Coax Alliance (MoCA),
Greg Ennis, Technical Director, Wi-Fi Alliance

"The conference speakers and topics reflect the broad sway that powerline technology is having across many industries, from brand name to early stage companies," said Rob Ranck, president of the HomePlug Powerline Alliance. "We're thrilled to have so many thought leaders of the technology and its application from such diverse areas. Anyone interested in gaining a deeper understanding of the powerline communications industry is encouraged to attend."

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, marketing and certification programs to accelerate worldwide adoption of powerline networking with HomePlug technology. With HomePlug technology, the electrical wires in the home can now distribute broadband Internet, HD video, digital music and smart energy applications.

The Alliance works with key stakeholders to ensure HomePlug specifications are designed to meet the requirements of IPTV service providers, power utilities, equipment and appliance manufacturers, consumer electronics and other constituents. The HomePlug Certified Logo program is the powerline networking industry's largest Compliance and Interoperability Certification Program and the program has certified over 250 devices.

Sponsor members include Broadcom Corporation (BRCM); Cisco (CSCO); Duke Energy (NYSE: DUK); GE Energy, an affiliate of General Electric Co. (NYSE: GE); Qualcomm Atheros, a wholly owned subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated; Renesas Electronics Corporation (TSE: 6723); SPiDCOM Technologies; and STMicroelectronics (NYSE: 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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