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Sigma Designs

January 04, 2011 09:00 ET

Sigma Designs Brings "Hollywood Experience" to the Living Room at CES 2011

New Chipsets and Award-Winning Solutions Showcase New Possibilities for Digital Living Room

MILPITAS, CA--(Marketwire - January 4, 2011) - International CES -- Sigma Designs (NASDAQ: SIGM), a leading provider of system-on-chip (SoC) solutions for delivering entertainment and control throughout the home, today announced that it will showcase at the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show, new products and award-winning solutions that bring the first studio-quality entertainment experience to the living room. For the first time, Sigma will demonstrate its new powerhouse SMP8910 and thin-client optimized SMP8670 Secure Media Processors™ (see related announcement regarding Sigma's SMP8910). Also on display will be Sigma's recently announced G.hn chipset, the CG5110.

"At CES, Sigma is introducing a new class of technology that will redefine the visual experience in home entertainment for consumers," Thinh Tran, CEO of Sigma Designs. "Never before has it been so easy to deliver, display and control media-rich content on the TV. Sigma offers the widest selection of wired home networking solutions with our best-selling HomePNA, our award-winning HomePlug AV with ClearPath technology and our exciting new G.hn solution. With our media processors, we are now delivering the best front of screen experience in the industry. Finally, our highly popular Z-Wave home control and energy management technology leads the industry with over 450 interoperable products."

Sigma will demonstrate the following solutions in the company's private suite, located in the Las Vegas Hilton, room 2921:

Media Processing Solutions That Bring Hollywood to the Home

NEW MEDIA PROCESSORS: Sigma will showcase its new SMP8910, the state-of-the-art media processor, which is the first to incorporate Sigma's exclusive VXP® video processing technology to deliver features that until now have only been available in broadcast and professional markets. The SMP8910 opens the door for consumers to experience studio-quality video along with the most dedicated processing power -- more than 6,000 DMIPS.

Also on display will be Sigma's new SMP8670, which gives OEMs and ODMs the ultimate solution for connected media players. The SMP8670 delivers 40% performance improvement and 30% lower power consumption compared to its predecessor, while lowering overall BOM costs.

ANDROID PLATFORMS: Sigma will demonstrate its leading-edge solutions running on the Android operating system (based on Éclair and Froyo), including SkypeTV HD video conferencing and Connected Media Players supporting Adobe® AIR® for TV and Adobe Flash® Player. Also on display will be Sigma's Android Server Client solution, showing customers the lowest cost thin-client solution available offering secure delivery of premium content over the Android operating system and through Android-enabled gadgets.

BLU-RAY SOLUTIONS: Sigma's turnkey Blu-ray player solution will showcase the latest Over the Top (OTT) functionality at more than twice the speed of previous versions at a competitive price. Sigma's exclusive VXP technology will be on display via Krell's Blu-ray solution, bringing studio-grade visual technology to the living room with support for Netflix, SHOUTcast, YouTube, Flickr and more.

WIRELESS DISPLAY MEDIA PROCESSING SOLUTIONS: Sigma will display wireless solutions for showing -- in real-time -- all the content on consumers' notebooks directly to an HDTV by decoding video streams based on Intel Wireless Display Technology-enabled media players.

LATEST TV PLATFORM SOFTWARE: Sigma will show XBMC, Adobe AIR for TV, Adobe Flash Player running in an Espial browser and a hardware accelerated Open GL ES 3D UI Framework -- all running on affordable consumer-priced media processors designed to deliver the next generation front of screen experience and provide easier access to Internet-based video content and games.

SET TOP BOX SOLUTIONS: Also on display will be media processors running the latest Hybrid STB solutions and a complete Microsoft Mediaroom 2.0 solution with integrated home networking, low-cost PVR and thin clients.

Recognized Solutions in Home Entertainment Networks

G.HN SOLUTION: For the first time, Sigma will show its new CG5110 G.hn chipset -- delivering the highest performance of any wired home entertainment solution on the market today.

POWERLINE SOLUTION: HomePlug® AV with ClearPath™, Sigma's patented, award-winning, home entertainment networking technology enables unprecedented, carrier-class streaming of HD video, voice, and data -- such as triple play and IPTV -- over existing powerlines in the home.

HOME CONTROL AND ENERGY MANAGEMENT: Sigma partners 4Home and Mios will utilize Sigma's Z-Wave protocol to demonstrate the ability to run home control and energy management applications from the TV screen, delivering the most advanced user experience on the market today. The company will also demonstrate Z-Wave on TVs and other CE devices.

About Sigma Designs, Inc.
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, gateways, Blu-ray players, and media communication devices. Headquartered in Milpitas, Calif., Sigma Designs has direct sales representatives in the United States, Brazil, China, Europe (Denmark and France), Israel, Japan, Singapore, Taiwan and distributors in Korea, Russia and India. For more information, please visit Sigma Designs' web site at www.sigmadesigns.com.

Sigma Designs, VXP, Secure Media Processor, ClearPath, Z-Wave 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. Microsoft and Mediaroom are trademarks of the Microsoft group of companies. All other trademarks mentioned herein are believed to be trademarks of their respective owners.

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 and solutions. Actual results may vary materially due to a number of factors including, but not limited to, general economic conditions, the rate of growth of the IPTV, VXP, ClearPath, media processor, Blu-ray, Android, wireless display, STB, and hybrid cable/IP thin clients markets in general, the ramp in demand from Sigma's set-top box and telecommunication customers, Sigma's ability to deploy and achieve market acceptance for Sigma's products in these markets, the ability of its SoCs to compete with other technologies or products in these emerging markets as well as other risks that are detailed from time to time in Sigma's SEC reports, including our quarterly report on Form 10-Q as filed December 7, 2010. 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.