Cisco and Motorola Sponsor First "HomePlug® AV 1901 Plugfest" for High Speed Powerline Networking Chipsets

Interop Testing of HomePlug AV Chips from Gigle, Intellon and SPiDCOM sets the Stage for Compliance with the Upcoming IEEE 1901 Powerline Networking International Standard

Portland, Ore. - October 6, 2009 - The HomePlug® Powerline Alliance today announced that three different chipset vendors will collaborate with interoperability and certification testing for the HomePlug AV standard and feature testing for the upcoming IEEE 1901 standard. The event will include testing performed by the Laboratoire des Applications Numériques (LAN), an independent laboratory in France, during the week of October 19, 2009.

The interop plugfest event marks a significant milestone for the powerline networking industry - the first time that broadband, multimedia-class chips sets from multiple vendors are compliant with a global standard. Gigle Semiconductor, Intellon Corporation and SPiDCOM Technologies will participate in the interop plugfest.

"Members of the HomePlug Powerline Alliance continue to deliver the reality of standards-based solutions and multivendor interoperability. More than 34 million HomePlug chips have been deployed in a huge variety of applications for broadband services, consumer electronics and smart meter and smart grid applications," said Rob Ranck, president of the HomePlug Powerline Alliance. "The market research company In-Stat estimates that HomePlug chips have nearly 75 percent share of current and future powerline IC shipments. We expect that HomePlug AV interoperable products will continue constitute the overwhelming majority of powerline products in the future."

"Adoption of wired home networking is accelerating rapidly with deployment of broadband consumer applications such as triple play services and HDTV," said Tom Herbst, Director of Engineering, Advanced Research and Development for Cisco Systems, Inc. "We see HomePlug powerline networking as a key backbone topology for home area networks and smart grid applications."

"The HomePlug Alliance is the leading industry group for development of reliable powerline networking technology and driving standards-based solutions for interoperability. Motorola is pleased to sponsor this plugfest testing for the HomePlug AV standard and IEEE 1901 readiness," said Jed Johnson, Fellow of the Technical Staff for Motorola, Inc.

Enhancements to HomePlug Certification Logo announced
In addition to the "HomePlug AV 1901 Plugfest", HomePlug also announced new attributes for its powerline networking certification logo program. The new logo attributes will indicate compliance with IEEE 1901 features as well as certification to HomePlug's forthcoming "Green PHY" standard. HomePlug GP is a new specification due next year that is tailored to the requirements of utility companies for smart grid applications for home-area networks. Products based on HomePlug GP will be interoperable with HomePlug AV and IEEE 1901 products while dramatically reducing cost and power consumption.

As of October 2009, more than 195 different powerline networking products have been tested and HomePlug certified. Additional details on the HomePlug Powerline Alliance and the compliance and interoperability program are available at www.HomePlug.org.

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 grid applications. The Alliance accelerates worldwide adoption for HomePlug technology by collaborating with international standards organizations such as the 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, Inc. (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.

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