Gigle Networks Names Andreas Melder Vice President of Business Development

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REDWOOD CITY, Calif., BARCELONA, Spain and EDINBURGH, Scotland, Nov. 18 /PRNewswire-Asia/ -- Gigle Networks ( ) , the leading developer of intelligent multi-PHY switching devices for both wired and wireless entertainment-grade home networking, today announced that it has named Andreas (Andy) Melder as vice president of business development.

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Melder reports directly to Juan Carlos Riviero, Gigle Networks chief executive officer and president. He will be responsible for driving strategic growth initiatives as the company strengthens its leadership position in home entertainment networking while expanding its focus to include complete system solutions for a variety of "invisible" plug-and-play networks within the home, across all existing wired media plus wireless connections.

"Andy brings important experience to Gigle Networks during an exciting time for us, as we innovate breakthrough solutions for managing all elements of residential information flow -- from home entertainment networking and content/media distribution, to home automation, smart-grid management and the delivery of value-added services," Riviero said. "Andy will be a tremendous asset to our world-class team as we help deploy a new category of high-performance consumer home networks while accelerating corporate growth and investor value creation."

Melder has more than 25 years of experience working with semiconductor leaders in fast-growing consumer broadband communications markets. He helped three companies achieve successful financial exits over the past 10 years, either as a founder or member of the executive leadership team. Prior to joining Gigle, Melder held senior sales, marketing and strategic business development positions at Intellon, leading up to the company's 2007 IPO and its recent acquisition by Atheros Communications. Prior to that, Melder co-founded Microtune, Inc., where he was vice president of sales and marketing and later, vice president of business development. He came to Microtune from Tripath Technologies, where he was vice president of sales, marketing and corporate business development and a member of the leadership team that executed the company's successful public offering. Melder holds a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from Carnegie-Mellon University, and a Master of Science degree in electrical engineering from Southern Methodist University.

"Gigle Networks is at the forefront of industry efforts to develop intelligently managed networks for a variety of compelling new home services and applications, and I'm delighted to be joining such an energized, disciplined, innovative and visionary team," said Melder. "I have watched and admired this company since its inception, and can say with conviction that Gigle Networks will transform the consumer connectivity landscape in important and far-reaching ways."

Gigle Networks' technology seamlessly extends wired and wireless Ethernet connections to form up to 1Gbps entertainment-grade networks everywhere in the home, using existing powerline, phoneline and/or coaxial cable wiring, as well as wireless connections. An on-chip switching agent optimizes coverage and bandwidth by coordinating all Gigle Networks-enabled devices in support of Quality of Service (QoS) requirements. This self-forming mesh network can operate over WiFi, wired Ethernet, powerline, phoneline, and coaxial cable, and also provides advanced network features such as fault tolerance. All network traffic is intelligently managed and completely transparent to the user. Each node is simply plugged into the power outlet and then the network self-configures, without the need for new wires, configuration software, networking knowledge or user manuals. The network also creates its own secure passwords and enables traffic encryption with pushbutton simplicity. Gigle Networks combines the performance, robustness and reliability that service providers require, along with the ease-of-use that consumers demand.

About Gigle Networks: Plug into the Fun

Gigle Networks provides system-on-chip integrated circuits and complete system solutions for multimedia home networking that can extend wired and wireless Ethernet everywhere in the home - without the need for new wires. Targeted for applications such as Internet Protocol television (IPTV), broadband TV (BBTV), video on demand (VoD), and voice over IP (VoIP), Gigle Networks' products offer superior performance, coverage and QoS as compared to alternative communication technologies, and are designed to be easily integrated into consumer electronics and IT products. Gigle Networks is a strong supporter of open standards, a board member of the HomePlug Powerline Alliance, and an active participant in IEEE P1901 and ITU-T wireline standardization initiatives. Gigle Networks has offices in Redwood City, Calif., Barcelona, Spain, and Edinburgh, UK.

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