SOURCE: CopperGate Communications, Inc.

CopperGate Communications, Inc.

January 05, 2010 09:00 ET

Israeli Satellite Provider 'yes' Announces Commercial Pilot of New VoD Service Based on HomePNA

Leverages Existing Coax Infrastructure to Deliver New VoD Functionality

MILPITAS, CA--(Marketwire - January 5, 2010) - CopperGate, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sigma Designs (NASDAQ: SIGM), a leading provider of system-on-chip (SoC) solutions used to deliver entertainment and control throughout the home, announced that 'yes', the leading satellite provider in Israel, has completed a successful commercial pilot of VoD services based upon CopperGate's HomePNA technology.

'yes' has already deployed the VoD solution to hundreds of consumers and has been successfully running the service for several months. The 'yes' solution streams video content to the customer's home through a DSL broadband connection and distributes over existing coax cables to hybrid satellite/IP set-top boxes using low-cost HomePNA adaptors. Using HomePNA over existing cabling to distribute the content inside the home is key in making this new service cost effective for 'yes' and its customers.

Executive Quotes:

Gabi Hilevitz, CopperGate CEO

"'yes' is an innovative satellite provider and we are happy to add them as a major HomePNA customer. Together, we are making it possible for 'yes' to compete effectively against other service providers in their market.

"HomePNA is an excellent technology for satellite companies. It allows them to easily add IP-related services on top of the regular broadcast channels using existing infrastructure. The success at 'yes' shows it is possible and economic for satellite companies to effectively compete in the digital revolution.

"HomePNA continues to expand globally. Now, HomePNA is used as a home networking solution by over 30 service providers globally and adoption continues to grow rapidly."

Itzhak Elyakim, VP Engineering and CTO, 'yes'

"CopperGate's HomePNA technology was exactly what we needed to deliver reliable VoD services to our half a million satellite customers. It supports the bandwidth required and QoS. It is reliable, it's easy to install, and can even be fed power directly from the 'yes' set top box. By using HomePNA, we have ensured that the home network is never the bottleneck.

"We have been very happy with the performance of the HomePNA solution and have received excellent feedback from our users. The solution has been very stable and the installations have all gone very well.

"CopperGate has been excellent to work with. They have been very flexible and responsive to our needs."

Highlights / Key Facts

--  Service providers that have deployed HomePNA have received higher fixed
    line retention, higher ARPU, and greater customer satisfaction. To date,
    the addition of Sigma-enabled IPTV has generated more than $1 billion in
    new revenues for service providers.
    
--  When service providers want to get into IPTV and triple play, the
    technology they turn to most is HomePNA, the ITU-T based standard G.9954.
    Four out of the top five largest carriers in North America deploying IPTV
    have selected HomePNA and in a recent report, HomePNA 3.1 was ranked the
    most widely deployed IPTV solution amongst service providers worldwide.
    
--  CopperGate, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sigma Designs, 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, Japan, and Brazil. Please visit:
    http://www.copper-gate.com.
    

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About Sigma:

Sigma Designs is a leading fabless semiconductor provider of highly integrated system-on-chip (SoC) solutions that are used to deliver entertainment and control throughout the home. SoC solutions include media processing, wired and wireless networking, video image processing, and home control along with system software to form the critical components of consumer electronic products that include Internet protocol TV (IPTV) set-top boxes, Blu-ray players, high definition televisions (HDTV), and media communication devices. Headquartered in Milpitas, Calif., Sigma Designs has direct sales representatives in the United States, Brazil, China, Europe (Denmark), Israel, Japan, Taiwan and a third-party distributor in Korea. For more information, please visit Sigma Designs' web site at www.sigmadesigns.com.

SafeHarbor Statement

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, including statements about the anticipated features and benefits of Sigma's products, growing demand from consumers, projected timing and availability of solutions, and the expected use of Sigma's products. Actual results could vary materially from those projected in any forward-looking statements included herein as a result of various factors, including, but not limited to, worldwide economic conditions, the rate of growth of the market, changes in the customer's ability or desire to incorporate Sigma's chipsets and software into its product, consumer reaction to the new products and services being offered, the ability of Sigma to deliver sufficient quantity and quality of its chipsets, alternative offerings by competitors, and the ability of the parties to work together successfully to achieve the rollout of this new product. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date hereof. Sigma undertakes no obligation to publicly release or otherwise disclose the result of any revision to these forward-looking statements that may be made as a result of events or circumstances after the date hereof or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.

Trademarks: CopperGate is a Sigma Designs trademark in the U.S.A. and other countries. Sigma is a trademark or registered trademark of Sigma Designs in the U.S.A. and other countries. All other trademarks mentioned herein are believed to be trademarks of their respective owners.

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