"Networked Entertainment at Every Plug" - Now Available Through Visionary Industry Alliance

CES 2004 - LAS VEGAS, January 7, 2004 - The HomePlug® Powerline Alliance today announced it will be demonstrating high -definition video streaming over the powerline, the core component of HomePlug AV technology at the upcoming 2004 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES). HomePlug AV will enable distribution of data and multi -stream entertainment throughout the home, including High Definition television (HDTV) and Standard Definition television (SDTV), and is designed to co -exist with the current HomePlug technology. Demonstrations of the power and flexibility of the technology standard and HomePlug -certified products now on the market will be available in the HomePlug Powerline Alliance Booth #19498 at the Las Vegas Convention Center South Hall.

"Our goal is to provide affordable, easy -to -use networked entertainment products for the entire family - making a home's existing power outlets the network of choice for home entertainment," said Peter Kempf, president, HomePlug Powerline Alliance and vice president of marketing, Conexant Systems Inc. "HomePlug connectivity provides a simple solution that works for consumers interested in networking their home, without requiring an extensive installation process, end -user training, or new wiring."

HomePlug AV Selection
In September 2003, the HomePlug Board of Directors began the selection process for the proponent technology for HomePlug AV - a technology designed specifically to meet the needs of digital multimedia networks in the home. After extensive field trials and lab testing, today, the HomePlug Powerline Alliance Board of Directors is announcing the companies that are contributing the baseline technologies for its next generation HomePlug AV specification.

The HomePlug AV specification will be based upon Panasonic's innovative powerline AV communications technology, along with the proven market performance of Intellon's powerline home networking technology and DS2's powerline access technology. The baseline technology includes quality of service and AV management technology provided by Sharp. Conexant will contribute its advanced signal processing capabilities to improve overall system performance and robustness.

"This powerline communication technology brings home networking to a whole new level," said Oleg Logvinov, president of Enikia and HomePlug Board of Directors member. "As we anticipated based on our internal data, recent field trials confirmed that HomePlug AV technology offers the bandwidth to stream high definition video, the Quality -of -Service required for audio/visual applications and services, and reliable coverage of the entire house."

Experience the Flexibility of HomePlug Powerline Networking at CES
At CES, the HomePlug Powerline Alliance booth will feature a "plugged -in" home office, living room and bedroom and will display HomePlug certified products from alliance member companies. The booth is designed to show the broad array of powerline home networking products available to consumers today, the impact of HomePlug AV in the future, and the power of the HomePlug powerline networking platform as a basis for new service provider offerings.

The following industry leading, innovative companies will feature home powerline networking products at the HomePlug Powerline Alliance booth:

· Asoka
· Belkin
· Cogency Semiconductor
· Comcast
· Conexant
· Corinex
· DS2
· EarthLink
· Enikia
· Gigafast
· Intellon
· Linksys
· Panasonic
· RadioShack
· Sharp
· SPIDCOM Technologies
· ST&T

HomePlug certified products enable high performance whole -house networking by using the home's existing electrical wiring and include traditional home networking equipment such as adapters, routers, and wireless access points, plus innovative new products such as security cameras, Internet phones, and audio players. The role of HomePlug technology in home PC networks, MP3 audio products, online gaming and security video products is dramatically expanded with the forthcoming HomePlug AV standard which supports HDTV.

Hear HomePlug's Perspective During Two CES Education Sessions
HomePlug Powerline Alliance President, Peter Kempf will be presenting at two sessions at CES. Both sessions are part of the Networked Interoperability Track, and there is no fee to attend

· The "Entertainment Networking over Powerline? The HomePlug AV Challenge" session will be held on Saturday, January 10, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. in rooms S113 -114 of the South Hall. At this session, Kempf will discuss the alliance's new standard, HomePlug AV, which is designed to support distribution of broadband data and streaming of audio -visual, multimedia data such as high -definition television (HDTV), audio and telephony.

· The "Alliance Roundtable: From Industry Specification to Market Acceleration" session will be held on Friday, January 9, from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. in rooms S113 -114 of the South Hall. This roundtable, moderated by Deepak Kamlani, CEO of Global Inventures Inc., will discuss existing and emerging interoperability efforts and how they will affect product design, marketing and retail channels.

About HomePlug Powerline Alliance
HomePlug Powerline Alliance, Inc., is an industry led initiative established to provide a forum for the creation of specifications for home powerline networking products and services; and, to accelerate the demand for these products and services through the sponsorship of market and user education programs. HomePlug Sponsor companies include Cogency Semiconductor, Comcast, Conexant, DS2, EarthLink, Enikia, Intellon, Panasonic, RadioShack and Sharp. Additional information about the Alliance including a complete listing of certified products is available at http://www.homeplug.org.

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