SOURCE: CopperGate


March 23, 2010 08:00 ET

Sigma Announces CopperGate CG3310M

The First EoC on a Chip Enables Ultra-Low Cost EoC Deployments

MILPITAS, CA--(Marketwire - March 23, 2010) -  Sigma Designs, Inc. (NASDAQ: SIGM), a leading provider of system-on-chip (SoC) solutions used to deliver entertainment and control throughout the home announced the CopperGate CG3310M, the first complete Ethernet over Coax (EoC) solution on a single chip. Based upon an integrated mixed signal design, the CG3310M reduces the footprint on the PCB and minimizes the number of external components needed to deliver affordable broadband access over existing coax infrastructure. The new chip makes integration into end user devices such as set top boxes and networked consumer appliances much cheaper -- opening up a new opportunity for OEMs to deliver even lower priced, integrated solutions for multiple service offerings over EoC.

The CG3310M uses a new flexible band selection process for improved performance, increased robustness and better coexistence with legacy services such as CATV and DOCSIS. Based on Sigma's Fast EoC™ technology, the new chip can be part of a very high performance solution that delivers solid 160 Mbit/s of total system throughput to 126 simultaneous users. The new chip is also very energy efficient, requiring only 1.25 watts of power.

Based upon the HomePNA/ITU G.9954 standard, the CopperGate CG3310M is designed to meet the highly price sensitive markets of China, India, Brazil and in other emerging markets. The CG3310M will help operators deliver high performance HomePNA EoC based broadband services at a much lower deployed cost per subscriber than with any other competing technology.

Executive Quotes:

GABI HILEVITZ, Vice President and General Manager, Home Connectivity Business Unit, Sigma Designs

"The CG3310M changes the game in EoC solutions. It delivers breakthrough price performance for EoC. Plus, as a leading media processor company, Sigma can enable set top box and networked media device OEMs to deliver a new level of affordability and performance for operators."

Tang, Xiao-Qiu, CEO, Ultra-vista Technologies, Inc.

"The CG3310M is a technical achievement. It delivers greater communications efficiency and robustness in an environmentally friendly and compact format. Our MSOs will appreciate the exceptional performance and value they will receive as a result of this new offering."

Jose Joseph, VP Business Development, Tata Sky

"The new CG3310M will save Tata millions as we can more rapidly and more affordably roll out HomePNA-enabled bundled satellite and broadband services all across India. It is no wonder HomePNA is the standard for EoC solutions."

Highlights/Key Facts:

  • Sigma's CopperGate is a leading EoC chipset provider with over 30 MDU-based deployments in the field today.

  • The CopperGate CG3210M was the first chipset to enable Fast EoC™ technology and is shipping today with Fast EoC™ functionality. The new CopperGate CG3310M also supports Fast EoC™ and is fully compatible with the CG3210M and with previous HomePNA based EoC solutions.

  • The CG3310M is available today for new EoC designs.


The HomePNA™ Alliance
CopperGate CG3310M
CG3310MLEC MDU Evaluation Board

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 distributors in Singapore, Korea, Russia and India. For more information, please visit Sigma Designs' web site at

Safe Harbor 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.

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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