IEEE P1901 Powerline Proposal Nears Confirmation Threshold in First Vote Incorporating HomePlug® Technology

P1901 Working Group Schedules Second Confirmation Vote at Next Meeting in Process toward Global Powerline IEEE Standard

San Ramon, Calif. July 11, 2008 The HomePlug® Powerline Alliance announced today that the IEEE P1901 Working Group's first confirmation vote for an IEEE powerline communications standard came very close yesterday to the necessary 75 percent approval to attain confirmation as a draft standard. The working group scheduled a second confirmation vote to occur at its next meeting in Madrid in September.

"The HomePlug Powerline Alliance and the entire powerline communications industry recognizes the critical importance of converging around standards," said Rob Ranck, president of the HomePlug Powerline Alliance. "Global standards help further accelerate market growth, and the HomePlug Powerline Alliance and its member companies will continue to work diligently toward achieving baseline status for the IEEE P1901 standard."

Prior to yesterday's confirmation vote, the joint HomePlug and Panasonic proposals were refined to include input from a number of other IEEE members. The near confirmation of these proposals is the result of more than eight months of intense effort between and among technical representatives from over 50 companies and organizations, ensuring that this standard will best serve the powerline communications industry as a whole.

In preparation for September's meeting, various participating organizations and member companies will continue to collaborate to resolve the small number of remaining issues. It is expected that the proposal will be confirmed and become the draft standard for P1901.

In anticipation of successful confirmation, the HomePlug Powerline Alliance has begun activities for the P1901 Compliance and Interoperability program to certify members' products and award the logo in 2009.

About the HomePlug® Powerline Alliance:
The HomePlug Powerline Alliance, Inc. is an industry-led initiative established to create specifications and certification logo programs for home high-speed powerline networking products and command & control among platforms within the home, and broadband access services to the home. The Alliance accelerates demand for HomePlug enabled products and services worldwide through market development and user education programs. Membership in the Alliance has grown to include more than 70 industry-leading companies. HomePlug Sponsor companies include Cisco (CSCO); Comcast (CMCSK); GE Security, Inc., an affiliate of General Electric Co. (NYSE: GE); Intel Corporation (INTC); LG Electronics (Korea Stock Exchange: 6657.KS); Motorola (MOT); Sharp Laboratories of America; and Texas Instruments Incorporated (NYSE:TXN) (TI). Contributor members include Arkados (OTCBB: AKDS); Corporate Systems Engineering; Gigle Semiconductor; Intellon Corporation (ITLN); SPiDCOM Technologies; and Yitran Communications Ltd. Additional information about the Alliance, including a complete listing of certified products, is available at

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