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

Tue May 12, 2009 3:28am EDT

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Expanded Board Strengthens HomePlug`s Drive for Industry Unification
PORTLAND, Ore.--(Business Wire)--
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 G.hn 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 ITU-G.hn wireline standardization initiatives. Gigle has offices in
Redwood City, CA; Barcelona, Spain and Edinburgh, UK. Additional information
about the company can be found at http://www.giglesemiconductor.com. 

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 http://www.intellon.com. 

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. (www.am.necel.com) and NEC Electronics
(Europe) GmbH (www.eu.necel.com). Additional information about the company can
be found at www.necel.com. 

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 http://www.spidcom.com. 

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
www.homeplug.org. 

HomePlug is a registered trademark of the HomePlug Powerline Alliance, Inc. All
other trademarks, trade names and service marks mentioned and/or used belong to
their respective owners.





The Ardell Group for HomePlug
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