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Sigma Designs

May 24, 2011 09:00 ET

Sigma Designs Introduces New HD Video Encoder Technology

PL330 Encoder Platform Captures High-Definition Video Streams With Half the Power; Easing the Integration Into Mainstream Products

New Platform Will Be Demonstrated at Computex 2011 in Taipei, Taiwan, May 30 Through June 3rd, 2011

MILPITAS, CA--(Marketwire - May 24, 2011) - Sigma Designs (NASDAQ: SIGM), the world leader in connected media platforms, today introduced the PL330, a new HD video encoder processor aimed at capturing high-definition video for video calling on set top boxes, connected media players, VoIP devices, video phones, video conferencing, TVs, and video surveillance devices. The Sigma Designs PL330 delivers high-performance, high-definition video encoding (1080p) at only 380mW -- less than half the power of other solutions in the market.

Sigma also announced today that Quanta Computer Inc., a world-leading ODM (Original Design Manufacturer), has already integrated Sigma Designs' PL330 encoder technology into four video conferencing and encoding camera products.

"We are always looking for unique and innovative ways to drive video applications and devices that take video calling to the next level," stated Ted Chang, Chief Technical Officer at Quanta. "Sigma's encoder technology does just that. It is an industry-altering technology that eases the integration of high-definition video encoding into mainstream products. This technology paves the way for many great innovations."

Sigma's new processor features a highly integrated, single-chip design with a full high-definition encoder, which extends the performance of set-top boxes by enabling them to transcode and record H.264. By combining high-definition performance with a lower power footprint, Sigma's PL330 offers consumers two significant benefits: (1) the ability to run applications such as Skype video conferencing in HD, on affordably priced USB-powered HD cameras, and (2) the ability for consumers to take video recorded on their set-top boxes and stream directly to tablets and smart phones in their homes.

"The PL330 HD Encoder opens up the market for integrating HD video into a much broader set of consumer electronics than ever before," said David Lynch, vice president and general manager of the media processor group at Sigma Designs. "Not only does it allow us to offer compelling new solutions to our current set top box customer base, it enables us to take a leadership role in new markets such as home video calling devices."

Pricing and Availability
Sigma Designs provides a family of PL330 based reference platforms covering multiple consumer and professional uses including set-top-box with PVR capability, web cameras, high resolution encoder boards, security cameras, video phones, video conference systems and more. Evaluation kits are available and pricing information can be obtained from Sigma Designs.

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, connected media players, residential gateways, home control systems and more. For more information about Sigma Designs, please visit

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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, including the rate of adoption for video conferencing, Skype video devices, transcoding features on set top boxes, the ramp in demand from Sigma's set-top box, consumer device 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-K as filed March 28, 2011. 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.

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