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EchoStar selects Intellon's HomePlug Powerline technology; Intellon introduces hybrid networking solution and enables powerline adapters for IPTV

June 8, 2005

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CHICAGO -- Intellon Corporation announced that EchoStar Communications Corporation (NASDAQ:DISH) has selected HomePlugR Powerline technology to enhance its DISH Network satellite TV service audio and data communication for its receivers. The HomePlug 1.0 technology will be added to EchoStar's DISH NetworkTM satellite television receivers to integrate multiple receivers with a single connection and distribute satellite radio through the whole house.

Traditionally, customers were asked to plug each receiver into a separate telephone jack. But with DISH Network's new HomePlug-embedded receivers, consumers will need only one telephone connection regardless of the number of boxes in their home. Subscribers can also enjoy CD-quality music throughout their homes by connecting their HomePlug-enabled audio receiver to any power outlet.

"We are excited to enhance the customer-friendly nature and superior technology of our products through HomePlug's robust receiver component," said Mark Jackson, president of EchoStar Technologies Corporation. "DISH Network's goal is to create an optimum entertainment experience, and we expect Intellon's HomePlug technology to play a significant role."

"As consumers demand a more streamlined distribution of whole-house digital audio and video entertainment, DISH Network is taking the initiative to meet this demand through Intellon's HomePlug technology," said Charlie Harris, CEO of Intellon Corporation. "We are pleased that DISH Network selected our integrated circuits to support these innovative new applications."

In a separate release:

CHICAGO -- Intellon Corporation, the world leader in powerline communications, today announced the world's first hybrid coax-powerline networking solution for the distribution of IPTV and other networked video content throughout the home. The new solution uses a unique Intellon coupler design that allows a single industry standard HomePlug processor to achieve hybrid connectivity between both powerline and coax home networks. Intellon will conduct a live demo of this new solution at this year's SUPERCOMM, which will take place in its booth, #68040.

"A hybrid networking solution provides the best of both worlds for in-home, triple-play networking needs," said Cameron McCaskill, vice president of business development, Intellon Corporation. "Several major operators have asked us for a solution that allows a single Intellon HomePlug IC to be used for communications over powerlines or coax wiring or over a hybrid network that combines both media. As we built our technology to provide rock-solid performance in the harsh powerline environment, extending our signal to the shielded coax medium was actually quite simple. The magic of our solution is the robustness of our HomePlug technology over powerline and coax and the way we couple to the coax and hybrid networks to provide optimal performance with a single baseband IC."

Intellon's HomePlug 1.0 ICs enable powerline communications at rates up to 14 megabits per second (Mbps) with encryption security, for Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP), data networking and broadband extension. Intellon recently introduced a new 85Mbps powerline networking chipset, the INT5500CS, which is fully compliant with the HomePlug 1.0 specification. This HomePlug 1.0 with Turbo chipset offers the higher bandwidth performance necessary to drive next-generation home entertainment applications such as standard definition in-home video provisioning, IPTV and whole-house audio distribution. Intellon's highly anticipated, next generation chipset, the INT6000, will use the 200Mbps PHY rate HomePlug AV standard to transmit multiple standard-definition (SD) and high definition (HD) video streams, as well as enabling data and audio applications, over home powerlines.

CHICAGO -- Intellon Corporation, the world leader in powerline communications, today announced multiple customer enablement programs supporting IPTV applications. Intellon's ICs enable adapters, gateways and set-top boxes to allow telecom operators to reliably distribute IP video content throughout the home at a reduced cost. Intellon will demonstrate these products and applications in the company's booth #68040 at this year's SUPERCOMM.

Today, major telco operators are deploying Intellon's third generation HomePlug 1.0 chipsets for self-installation of DSL broadband networking, networked entertainment, and WiFi range extension throughout the home. HomePlug adapters instantly extend DSL connections to locations without telephone jacks and provide a robust backbone for multimedia networking. Intellon's INT5500 HomePlug 1.0 with Turbo IC, now in volume production, extends the capability of HomePlug 1.0 to handle the additional bandwidth requirements of ADSL2/2+ and IPTV applications.

"This is an exciting time for the home networking market as the digital home becomes a reality and home powerline communications technology extends its capability to enable next generation applications such as IPTV," said Cameron McCaskill, vice president of business development. "We are proud to be the first to offer telecom operators in the global market a robust, reliable and ubiquitous network backbone solution for triple play applications. Our first customers are coming to market with our HomePlug 1.0 with Turbo adapters, and we are now enabling embedded designs for ADSL2/2+ gateways and IP set-top boxes."

At SUPERCOMM, Intellon will demonstrate the distribution of IP video from a set-top box to various locations networking a Thomson IP1000 IP set-top box platform using Intellon's HomePlug 1.0 with Turbo technology as a backbone. In addition, Intellon will be showcasing Aztech's HomePlug-enabled ADSL2/2+ gateway, DSL605EH, and Ethernet adapter, HL105E, at SUPERCOMM. By embedding Intellon's HomePlug 1.0 with Turbo ICs into these products, Aztech is enabling telco operators to take advantage of the expanded ADSL2+ broadband pipe into the consumer's home to provide whole-house distribution of video and audio.

"Consumers are demanding more bandwidth in the home in order to create a true multimedia network," said Mr. Michael Mun, President and CEO of Aztech Systems Ltd. "Intellon's HomePlug 1.0 with Turbo ICs provide us the capability to enable operators to offer their subscribers triple-play services including IPTV, Voice over IP (VoIP), and broadband sharing. HomePlug ICs make it easy for subscribers to self install the network, thereby reducing installation costs for operators."

The new embedded designs for IPTV join the previously announced HomePlug 1.0 with Turbo adapters from several customers including devolo AG, Asoka USA and Aztech. These products are already in IPTV lab and field trials today in the United States, Europe and Asia.

Intellon Corp.

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