Icron participates in HD-PLC Alliance showcase at 2008 CES

    This power line solution allows users to connect standard USB 2.0 devices
    using AC outlets throughout the home

    BURNABY, BC, Jan. 4 /CNW/ - Icron Technologies Corporation (TSX
Venture: IT), the developers of ExtremeUSB(R) announced they are participating
in the HD-PLC Alliance showcase at the 2008 Consumer Electronics Show (CES)
currently taking place in Las Vegas, from January 7 to the 10th, 2008. The
High Definition Power Line Communication (HD-PLC) organization is dedicated to
advancing the spread of HD- PLC and raising awareness of its benefits.
    Integrating Icron's patented ExtremeUSB technology and Panasonic's
leading edge HD-PLC power line communications devices, Icron will demonstrate
the transparent bridging of USB 2.0 over standard power lines enabling remote
connection of any USB 1.1 or 2.0 devices such as keyboards, printers, flash
drives, hard drives and web cameras over the AC outlets in your home or
    "We are excited to once again be able to showcase the flexibility of our
ExtremeUSB technology which takes USB beyond the desktop. With the help of
Panasonic's leading edge HD-PLC devices, we have been able to quickly
implement our platform to extend USB 2.0 over standard power lines," stated
Robert Eisses, President and CEO of Icron Technologies. "With power line
technology poised to be a major catalyst for converged home network solutions,
Icron will be actively working with Panasonic and its HD-PLC technology to
integrate USB 2.0 into that picture." The power line implementation
complements Icron's portfolio of solutions that extend USB over a variety of
media, including wired (CAT 5 and Fiber Optic) and wireless (802.11g radio and
    Icron will be demonstrating an integrated USB 2.0 over power line four
port hub and dongle set that enables standard plug and play connection of any
USB device. Transparently extending a USB 2.0 connection over standard power
lines, the system operates without the need for additional software drivers on
Windows, Linux, and MAC-OS systems. Panasonic's HD-PLC chipset provides the
physical layer connection, enabling reliable communication at data rates up to
190Mbps over standard power lines.
    Solutions are expected to be available to the market by the end of Q1
    "Icron's integration of this technology can provide customers with the
ultimate flexibility to locate any USB device anywhere in the home ordinary AC
outlets exist, with unsurpassed ease of setup," commented Robin Sweeten, Group
Manager, Strategic Marketing for the Panasonic Industrial Company. "We are
pleased that they have joined the growing number of companies supporting
HD-PLC as the technology of choice for the throughput speed and stability it

    For more information about the HD-PLC Alliance at CES 2008, please visit:
    Or booth No. South Hall 1 21550

    About Icron Technologies Corp www.icron.com

    Icron Technologies Corporation's patented ExtremeUSB(R) technology
extends the range of USB in wired environments and enables wireless USB over
any RF technology. ExtremeUSB is the only USB-IF compliant extension solution
and is deployed globally in a wide range of applications including: industrial
automation, medical device, aerospace, KVM and computer networking. ExtremeUSB
technology is available in a variety of formats including technology licenses,
OEM modules, developer kits, as well as branded and private-label products.
    Icron is a publicly traded corporation and trades under the symbol "IT"
on the TSX Venture Exchange. For more information on the company and its
products, please visit www.icron.com.

    About the HD-PLC Alliance

    The HD-PLC Alliance was established on September 25, 2007. The alliance
aims to promote widespread use of HD-PLC and interoperability among products
using the technology. Its activities include expanding development of new
products, education and increased awareness of the technology's benefits. The
Alliance is comprised of leading companies from various industries. For more
information, please visit: www.hd-plc.org.
    (*) HD-PLC is a registered trademark or trademark in Japan and in other
countries and the name for the high speed power line communications method
promoted by Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd.

    FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS: Except for statements of historical fact, all
statements in this news release -- including, without limitation, statements
regarding financial estimates and future plans and objectives of Icron -- are
forward-looking statements that involve various risks and uncertainties. There
can be no assurance that such statements will prove to be accurate; actual
results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in
such statements.
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For further information:

For further information: Icron Media Contact, Brigitta Shore, Phone:
(604) 729-9479, brigitta.shore@icron.com

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