SOURCE: Sigma Designs

July 31, 2012 08:30 ET

Sigma Designs Announces Partnership With AOC to Incorporate Connected TV Chipset Into New Line of LED DTVs

Sigma's Pro-SXL SoC to Power AOC's 185i 185z and 154 Series of DTVs

SAO PAULO, BRAZIL--(Marketwire - Jul 31, 2012) - Sigma Designs (NASDAQ: SIGM), a leading provider of System-on-Chip (SoC) solutions for home entertainment connectivity and control, today announced that Digital Television (DTV) manufacturer, AOC, will debut a new line of DTVs for the LATAM market based on the Sigma Designs HiDTV Pro-SXL SoCs at the ABTA 2012 conference, taking place in Sao Paulo, Brazil July 31 - August 2, 2012. The Pro-SXL family DTV SoCs became an integral part of Sigma's portfolio through the recent acquisition of certain assets from Trident, and augments Sigma's existing line of media processing, home connectivity and home control products.

"AOC's new line of connected DTVs provide consumers with a high-quality multimedia viewing experience, and fingertip access to the latest Over-the-Top (OTT), interactive and cloud-based services including Ginga, Yahoo, and YouTube Leanback, among others," said Andre Romanon, Senior Product Manager at AOC. "We selected Sigma's Pro-SXL solution for this line because of its industry-leading picture-quality processing technology and built-in support for popular OTT services."

Three new lines of DTVs from AOC include the AOC 158i, 158z, 5520, 1320 and 154 series. The 158i series, available in 32"/42"/46" sizes, features a 120Hz LED panel, and supports OTT services such as Ginga, Yahoo, DLNA, YouTube Leanback. The 158z series has 46" size LED panel with 3D PR capability. The 5520 series, available in 32"/42" sizes, features a 60Hz LED panel, and supports OTT services such as Ginga, Yahoo, DLNA, and YouTube Leanback. The 1320, 156 & 154 series, targeted at budget-conscious consumers who don't wish to compromise picture quality, is available in a 26" 60Hz LED panel (154), 32" 60Hz LED panel (156) and 32/42" 60Hz CCFL panel (1320). All of the new AOC LED DTVs feature a super-slim form factor, and offer a cinema-quality viewing and sound experience.

"AOC's new line of DTVs are a strong representation of the cutting-edge innovations OEMs are capable of when they have access to Sigma's SXL Hardware and Software Platform," said Mustafa Ozgen, Sigma Designs' vice president and general manager, DTV Business Unit. "We are pleased that AOC is taking full advantage of Sigma's Pro-SXL line of SoCs for their new DTVs."

Sigma offers two lines of DTV SoCs for the LATAM market, Pro-SXL and AXL. Pro-SXL is a perfect solution for high end Connected TVs, AXL serves the value line non-Connected TVs. Both devices are pin-out compatible to each other.

About Sigma Designs, Inc.

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.

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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 products in its target markets, including the digital TV market, the ability of its SoCs to compete with other technologies or products in these markets as well as other risks that are detailed from time to time in Sigma's SEC reports, including its report on Form 10-Q as filed June 7, 2012. 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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