SOURCE: Sigma Designs

January 12, 2012 09:00 ET

Sigma Designs' Z-Wave Technology Recognized by International Telecommunication Union (ITU)

Recently Consented ITU-T G.9959 Standard Defines Backward Compatibility With More Than 575 Z-Wave Products

LAS VEGAS, NV--(Marketwire - Jan 12, 2012) - CES 2012 -- Sigma Designs, a leader in connected media platforms and home networking technologies, confirmed that the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has developed a new sub 1GHz narrow band wireless standard. The ITU-T G.9959 standard is largely based on the Z-Wave technology and defines backwards compatibility to the Z-Wave standard.

"This new ITU standard is a step forward for Sigma and our Z-Wave technology," stated Gabi Hilevitz, vice president and general manager home connectivity group at Sigma Designs. "Incorporation of the Z-Wave MAC and PHY layers into G.9959 assures the continued growth and interoperability of the Z-Wave standard and will further accelerate its use world-wide. Recognition by an International Standards Organization such as the ITU is an important milestone in any technologies lifecycle."

Sigma Designs' Z-Wave is the only technology to bring affordable, reliable and easy-to-use wireless control to every aspect of daily life including remote home monitoring and management, security, home control, entertainment control, healthcare and smart energy management. Z-Wave is an award-winning, proven and interoperable wireless mesh networking technology that allows a wide array of devices in and around the home to communicate including lighting, appliances, HVAC, consumer electronics devices, AV equipment and security systems.

About Z-Wave

Z-Wave Technology, the standard in home area networking, is found in an ecosystem of over 575 interoperable products used in 22 countries world-wide. The standard, represented by the Z-Wave Alliance and supported by more than 160 companies around the world, is a key ingredient for smart home, smart energy and smart living solutions.

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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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