Intellon's HomePlug® 1.0 ICs Enable Stable and Reliable Broadband Services for Utility Customers
Ocala, FL - August 9, 2005 - Intellon Corporation, the leading provider of HomePlug -compatible IC's for home networking, networked entertainment and connected powerline applications, today announced they are the supplier of HomePlug technology for Motorola, Inc. (NYSE: MOT). Motorola is utilizing Intellon's HomePlug® 1.0 INT5200 chipset as a key component of Powerline LV (low -voltage), an end -to -end Broadband over Powerline (BPL) solution for the utility market.
Powerline LV combines Intellon's proven HomePlug technology with Motorola's successful Canopy™ Broadband Internet Platform, using wireless to bring the broadband signal to a utility pole near the customer's home, and low -voltage powerline communications to bring the signal into the home.
"By combining the best attributes of wireless and powerline communications, Powerline LV offers a very attractive way for utility companies to enter the BPL market," said Tony Pirih, corporate vice president - Canopy Wireless Broadband Group, Motorola. "We are pleased to be working with Intellon to incorporate the standards -based HomePlug technology with our proven Canopy Broadband Internet Platform."
Powerline LV is the first wireless -to -low voltage powerline solution for widespread commercial use. The new solution offers significant benefits to utilities and their customers, particularly in rural markets, where broadband access may be limited due to the long distances and low population densities in those areas. Only three pieces of equipment are needed to connect a customer to the broadband network: the Powerline LV access point cluster, an integrated antenna and bridge router, and an Intellon -enabled modem.
Leveraging HomePlug technology from Intellon, Powerline LV also offers utilities and their customers the cost and performance benefits of proven, standards -based powerline communications. It has lower installation and maintenance costs, allowing utilities to bring broadband service to more customers. It is also scalable, allowing utilities to target specific areas for broadband service delivery, without requiring a full network build out.
According to the New Millennium Research Council (NMRC), BPL is emerging as a viable competitor in the broadband access market. Utility companies are deploying the technology to provide broadband services via the power grid that connects virtually every home. As many as 13 million U.S. households are unable to receive broadband services from traditional cable modem or DSL service providers.
Intellon's standards -based HomePlug 1.0 technology is an important part of the Powerline LV solution. With a stable, robust transmission protocol supporting rates up to 14Mbps, it allows utilities to provide the most cost -effective solution necessary to meet customer broadband requirements.
Motorola anticipates upgrading the Canopy platform through the addition of Intellon's recently announced HomePlug 1.0 with Turbo INT5500CS chipset.
With transmission rates up to 85Mbps, the INT5500CS will provide significantly improved performance over the legacy HomePlug 1.0 solution.
"Motorola's Powerline LV solution is a great showcase for Intellon's HomePlug 1.0 technology," said Charlie Harris, CEO, Intellon Corporation.
"Powerline LV demonstrates the broad capabilities of Intellon's HomePlug technology to deliver seamless, cost -effective connectivity in both to -the -home and in -the -home applications."
Using Intellon's INT5200 HomePlug 1.0 solution, Motorola has also included additional notch filtering of the Amateur Radio bands. This was done to ensure compliance to recent FCC rulings. Intellon's chipset is fully compliant with the industry -leading HomePlug 1.0 specification, allowing co -existence with current HomePlug 1.0 devices, while ensuring that Motorola's Powerline LV solution will not conflict with the HomePlug 1.0 devices in use by consumers in their homes today.
About Intellon Corporation
Intellon is the world leader in powerline communications, providing HomePlug® compliant and other powerline integrated circuits for home networking, networked entertainment, BPL access and commercial applications. Intellon created and patented the baseline technology for HomePlug 1.0, and is a major contributor to the baseline technology for the new 200 -Mbps HomePlug AV powerline standard. With over two million HomePlug ICs sold, Intellon holds the dominant market share of the rapidly growing HomePlug market. Intellon is a founding sponsor and member of the board of directors of the HomePlug Powerline Alliance. The company was founded in
1989 and is headquartered in Ocala, Florida, with offices in San Jose and Toronto.