SOURCE: Sigma Designs, Inc.

Sigma Designs, Inc.

Sigma Designs, Inc.

October 16, 2014 05:00 ET

devolo Taps Z-Wave for New Family of Retail Smart Home Products

Internet of Things Ecosystem Continues to Grow With New Do-It-Yourself Home Control Devices Based on Z-Wave

MILPITAS, CA--(Marketwired - Oct 16, 2014) - Sigma Designs® (NASDAQ: SIGM), a leading provider of intelligent system-on-chip (SoC) solutions for Smart TV, Smart home and IP-based set-top-boxes, announced today that THE leading European powerline communications provider devolo AG has launched the Z-Wave® technology for its entirely new devolo Home Control product line devolo. The devolo solution, powered by Sigma Designs' latest Z-Wave 500 series wireless communications technology, makes home automation simple with a modular system and plug-and-play components to maximize safety, security, comfort and convenience. Available beginning in November 2014 at retail stores, this new solution enables consumers to easily install and operate their own home control systems.

The new devolo Home Control solution includes an affordable starter set with a central home unit and components that can be combined to provide smart control over all connected devices, such as appliances, thermostats and power outlets. The system is easy to expand, and requires no complicated hardware installation or IT know-how. For installation and control, the unit can be accessed via Wi-Fi or remote Internet connection to a simple online user interface, or smartphone/tablet apps. In addition, the system can be operated entirely offline. A high-performance transmission and receiving module in the central unit ensures optimal range for connecting devices using the Z-Wave wireless smart home standard.

The devolo brand already has a substantial retail presence based on its very successful HPAV products. The devolo Z-Wave Home Control product line leverages its HPAV expertise and massive retail footprint.

"The Z-Wave standard for communication in the smart home provides us with the ability to easily connect a wide spectrum of devices as part of the devolo Home Control system, using the industry-standard wireless protocols," said Heiko Harbers, CEO of devolo. "Ease of installation, operation and expandability are key attributes across the full devolo product portfolio that brings outstanding value to consumers, and by offering this new Home Control system direct to end users via retail outlets, we are enabling them to very quickly build their own smart homes, increasing convenience, comfort, energy efficiency and security."

Z-Wave wireless technology is at the heart of the smart home and The Internet of Things, providing industry-leading reliability, ease of installation and interoperability. The Z-Wave Alliance ecosystem includes more than 1100 certified devices and 300 member companies catering to the smart home.

"The Internet of Things is growing rapidly; interoperability and ease of use are critical to provide a seamless experience for the consumer who wants to enjoy the benefits of a smart home," said Raoul Wijgergangs, vice-president home connectivity business line for Sigma Designs. "The combination of Z-Wave technology and market reach, with the unique capabilities of the devolo home control system, offers an exciting new solution for consumers who want a home control system that is easy to manage and expand. This product line from devolo also creates a fast time to market solution for service providers who may want to offer home control services to their subscribers."

Z-Wave wireless mesh networking technology (ITU standard G.9959 with protocol stack from Sigma Designs) allows a wide array of devices in and around the home to communicate, including lighting, appliances, HVAC, and security systems.

See devolo's new home control product line and Sigma Designs' Z-Wave offerings at Broadband World Forum at the RAI, Amsterdam, 21-23 October on the Z-Wave Alliance Pavilion Stand F34.

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About Z-Wave
Z-Wave technology is an open internationally recognized ITU standard (G.9959). It is the leading wireless home control technology in the market today, with over 1100 certified interoperable products worldwide. Represented by the Z-Wave Alliance, which is supported by more than 300 member companies around the world, the standard is a key enabler of smart living solutions for home safety and security, energy, hospitality, office and light commercial applications. For more information about Z-Wave visit: http://z-wave.sigmadesigns.com

Z-Wave® is a registered trademark of Sigma Designs and its subsidiaries in the United States and other countries.

About Sigma Designs
Sigma Designs, Inc. (NASDAQ: SIGM) is a world leader in connected media platforms. The company designs and builds the essential semiconductor technologies that serve as the foundation for the world's leading IPTV set-top boxes, DTV, connected media players, residential gateways, home control systems and more. For more information about Sigma Designs, please visit www.sigmadesigns.com.

Sigma Designs, Secure Media Processor, and the Sigma Designs logo are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Sigma Designs, Inc. and its subsidiaries in the United States and other countries. All other trademarks mentioned herein are believed to be trademarks of their respective owners.

About devolo AG
devolo AG is the leading European company on the market in Powerline communication solutions. The company's core product is dLAN®, a technology that allows flexible networks using existing wiring like electrical and coaxial lines. Powerline solutions are employed in private households as well as commercial environments and they lead the way in future-oriented energy data distribution and home automation. devolo invests its development resources into improving dLAN® technology through its own patented solutions. The globally operating company has been the world market leader in the Powerline segment since 2009. Numerous top-product test reviews and distinctions, not to mention over 20 million shipped adapters, substantiate devolo's success. Through sustainable market practices, devolo upholds its responsibility to customers, employees and the environment.

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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 and solutions. Actual results may vary materially due to a number of factors including, but not limited to, Sigma's ability to deploy and achieve market acceptance for Sigma's Z-Wave 500 wireless communication technology in its target markets, including Internet of Things market, the ability of the Z-Wave 500 wireless communication technology to compete with other technologies or products in the market as well as other risks that are detailed from time to time in Sigma's SEC reports, including its report on Form 10-Q.. 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 publically 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.

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