SOURCE: Sigma Designs

Sigma Designs

September 06, 2011 09:00 ET

Sigma Designs Introduces the CG2210 -- the Industry's Most Advanced HomePlug AV Chipset

Advanced Architecture Offers Service Providers and Equipment Manufacturers More Cost-Effective, Reliable, and Fast Platform for the Distribution of HD Video Entertainment

MILPITAS, CA--(Marketwire - Sep 6, 2011) - Sigma Designs® (NASDAQ: SIGM), a worldwide leader in connected media platforms, today unveiled the Sigma Designs CG2210, a new HomePlug AV chipset that delivers HD quality video across electrical wiring inside the home. This home video networking solution works over 70% more outlets and runs 31% faster over surge protectors versus competitors -- all while adhering to the stringent new EuP 2013 energy conservation guidelines. The new chipset works faster than other HomePlug AV solutions and WiFi when handling small packets -- giving it the lowest latency. This is perfect for improving the performance of Internet gaming. The CG2210 HomePlug AV platform also makes it easy and affordable to support TR-069 by eliminating the need for an expensive external CPU.

The CG2210 platform has been architected to deliver real-world performance leadership. The CG2210 platform includes Sigma's patented and award-winning ClearPath technology ensuring the new CG2210 is the most stable and reliable HomePlug AV solution on the market. Sigma Designs reduced the chipset's footprint and power consumption while increasing performance 15% over the previous generation. In addition, this new product is fully interoperable with the IEEE's newly approved 1901 Draft Standard and future products designed to the standard.

"Sigma is pushing powerline reliability and performance to a new level," stated Gabi Hilevitz, vice president and general manager, Home Connectivity Group at Sigma Designs, Inc. "Now, with the CG2210, service providers can more reliably deliver HD quality IPTV traffic to virtually any outlet in the home. Plus, the CG2210's extra performance in difficult infrastructure environments will help retailers benefit from lower return rates."

This market for HomePlug AV continues to expand. Currently, the technology allows consumers to access, store, and share a wide variety of content around the home without having to install new wiring. While current usage is primarily focused on broadband data, HD programs, video-on-demand (VOD), multi-room HD DVR recordings, voice over IP (VoIP), and streaming of HD video, music, and photos, the gaming market is quickly and quietly emerging as a prime case study for the use of HomePlug AV technology.

With the Sigma Designs CG2210, gamers and others interested in expanding their Internet footprint in the home can connect through any electrical outlet in the house. All that's needed are two powerline adapters - one connected to the router/gateway and plugged into the AC outlet and a second connected to the game station, also plugged into an outlet. Results show the CG2210 to be up to 40% faster than Wi-Fi, while improving the stability and experience -- two critical concerns for serious gamers.

Pricing and Availability
Sigma Designs CG2201 HomePlug AV chipset is now in volume production. Service Providers, OEMs, and ODMs worldwide can begin designing with the solution this week. For more information, please visit the company Sigma Designs website at www.sigmadesigns.com.

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 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.

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 set-top boxes in general, and the ability of Sigma's HomePlug AV with ClearPath solution. Sigma's ability to deploy and achieve market acceptance for Sigma's products in these markets, the ability of its processors 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 its annual report on Form 10-Q as filed on June 9, 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 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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