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CopperGate Joins HomeGrid Forum’s Board of Directors

TEL AVIV, ISRAEL and NEWARK, CA–(Marketwire – July 27, 2009) – CopperGate Communications, Inc., the Everywire Home
Networking Company™, today announced that the company has been elected
to the Board of Directors of HomeGrid Forum, the non-profit
trade group promoting the United Nations’ International Telecommunication
Union’s (ITU-T) standardization efforts.

Company executive Michael Weissman, Vice President, North American
Marketing, will represent CopperGate on the Board. CopperGate is one of the
leading proponents of and is active in the work group that helped
ratify the foundation standard in December 2008. CopperGate is considered
one of the leaders in

Executive Quotes:

“CopperGate is a leader in wired home networking chipsets and is expected
to be one of the first companies to deliver chipsets,” said Matthew
Theall, Chairman/President, HomeGrid Forum. “They will be an outstanding
evangelist for and we are very pleased to have them on our Board of

“CopperGate has been involved in the working group since its
inception. Their decision to join our Board of Directors is a resounding
vote of support for HomeGrid and for this key standard in wired home
networking,” said Matthew Theall, president of HomeGrid Forum.

“ is the industry’s best hope for a unified wireline standard,” said
Michael Weissman, Vice President Marketing, North America for CopperGate
and HomeGrid Forum board member. “It delivers the best performance over
each medium: powerlines, coaxial cable and phone lines, and can be
integrated into a low-cost chipset that is backed by a global standards
organization. We look forward to working with our Board partners to ensure
the industry finally delivers the unified, integrated global standard
solution that service providers and consumers are craving.”

“HomeGrid has played a pivotal role in creating industry adoption of this
exciting new standard. We are proud to join the organization and work
alongside these global leaders as a Board member to ensure the success of
this important technology,” said Michael Weissman, Vice President
Marketing, North America for CopperGate and HomeGrid Forum board member.

“ is well-positioned to emerge as the leading standard for powerline
and phoneline networking. Telcos tend to favor ITU specs, and has the
support of AT&T and BT,” said Joseph Byrne, Senior Analyst at the Linley

Highlights / Key Facts:

-- is the working name for the ITU-T recommendation G.9960. This new
    home networking standard is designed to enable the connected home. It is
    the only proposed home networking standard proposing a unified solution for
    delivering Internet Protocol (IP) traffic across AC powerlines, coax cables
    and phone lines. The new standard is the only one proposing performance
    improvements up to three times the existing standards available today.
-- will enable consumer electronic devices such as TVs, set-top
    boxes, video download equipment, media storage solutions and gaming devices
    to connect with personal computers and home networking equipment such as
    routers, wireless access points, Internet gateways, Optical Terminal
    Networks (ONTs) and iNIDs.
--  Together with the DLNA, will be able to finally enable consumer
    devices and computing devices to physically communicate together in a
    seamless fashion.
--  The purpose of HomeGrid Forum is to work within ITU to promote
    the next-generation of home networking using in-home wiring (coaxial cable,
    phone line and powerline); to create and maintain a compliance program that
    enables an ecosystem of interoperable products based on the ITU-T
    specification; and to encourage and promote the adoption and widespread
    utilization of the HomeGrid Brand.
--  The HomeGrid board now consists of: Chairman & President, Matthew
    Theall, Intel; Travis Misterek, Best Buy; Bob Bissell, BT; Imran Hajimusa;
    Infineon Technologies, Michael Stelts; Panasonic Corporation; Venkat
    Uppuluri, Sigma Designs and Michael Weissman, CopperGate Communications.
--  Michael Weissman, Vice President, North American Marketing,
    CopperGate, brings over 20 years of high technology management experience
    to the board. Previously, Michael was CEO of a venture-backed start-up;
    advised over 50 leading technology companies including Adobe, Amazon,
    Apple, Intel and Qualcomm; and managed a $680 million business unit for
    Canon. Michael is co-author of the Amazon business bestseller The Paradox
    of Excellence which appeared in Harvard Business Review and Fast Company
    magazine. He holds a B.S. in BA from Babson College and an MBA from UC

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About HomeGrid Forum

HomeGrid Forum is a global, non-profit trade group promoting the
International Telecommunication Union’s standardization efforts for
next-generation home networking. HomeGrid Forum promotes adoption of
through technical and marketing efforts, addresses certification and
interoperability of products, and cooperates with
complementary industry alliances. To learn more about becoming a HomeGrid
member, please visit

About CopperGate

CopperGate Communications is the only company whose standards-based
chipsets enable carrier-class distribution of broadband digital content
over all three types of existing wires in the home: coax, phone, and power.
The company sells its technology to OEMs who build solutions for multimedia
home networking and multi-dwelling unit (MDU) broadband access markets.
CopperGate’s chips are used in set-top boxes, residential gateways, optical
network terminators and Ethernet bridges. CopperGate is headquartered in
Tel Aviv, Israel with offices in the United States, Taiwan, Korea, China,
and Japan. Please visit:

CopperGate and CopperGate Communications, the Everywire Home Networking
Company and the CopperGate Emblems are trademarks or registered trademarks
of CopperGate in the U.S.A. and other countries. All other trademarks
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