SOURCE: Sigma Designs

Sigma Designs

January 14, 2014 10:00 ET

Telenet Chooses Comtrend's Powerline Ethernet Adapters PG 9042s With Sigma Designs' HomePlug AV With ClearPath™ for Interactive Digital TV Services

MILPITAS, CA--(Marketwired - Jan 14, 2014) - Sigma Designs® (NASDAQ: SIGM), a leading provider of System-on-Chip (SoC) solutions for home entertainment, control, connectivity and converging multimedia, and Comtrend Corporation, advanced networking solutions supplier, announced that Telenet, one of the most important providers of cable broadband in Belgium, will deploy Comtrend's Powerline Ethernet Adapters, PG 9042s based on Sigma Designs' HomePlug AV® with ClearPath™ technology.

Telenet will upgrade its previous powerline communications by using Comtrend's PG 9042s which incorporates Sigma Designs' HomePlug AV® with ClearPath™ SoC for use in their interactive digital TV services. After an evaluation process, testing multiple chip vendors' solutions with various products and technologies and extensive testing in both the Telenet labs and in the field, the long list of competitors was narrowed down to only suppliers providing Sigma Designs-based products. Finally, the Comtrend adapter was selected due to its unique offering -- the combination of unprecedented coverage and stability, ability to manage the devices remotely via TR 069 protocol and Comtrend production and support services.

The remote management on-chip (TR-069), offered in the Comtrend PG 9042s using Sigma's CG2210 chipset was a key factor in this decision. The TR-069 gives the operator the ability to troubleshoot and upgrade firmware remotely in the future. Implementation will result in an improved customer experience, and an overall reduction of service calls, returns and maintenance costs. These remote management capabilities are becoming a mandatory requirement by all major service providers, so Telenet will be ready for the future.

Comtrend's PG 9042s uses Sigma's CG2210 chipset with ClearPath™ which utilizes not only the Phase and Neutral wires, but also the Ground wire, creating multiple transmission & reception channels for overcoming line impairments such as noise, undesired filtering effects of surge protectors and high attenuation when working over multi-phase power networks. The results are overall throughput improvement, higher robustness and better coverage, all essential in providing superior carrier grade services to multiple TVs.

"Sigma Designs is a strategic partner for Comtrend and our Home Networking product portfolio," says Frank Chuang, Comtrend's Vice-President of Marketing. "The CG2210 chipset with ClearPath is the most technically superior solution on the market, giving our PG 9042s Ethernet Adapter a clear advantage for our customers in terms of signal quality. 

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About Comtrend

With more than 10 million products installed, COMTREND CORPORATION is a leading global supplier of advanced networking solutions. COMTREND is an ISO-9001/14001 certified company that designs, manufactures, and markets a wide range of networking equipment integrating ADSL, ADSL2+, Bonded ADSL2+, VDSL2, VOIP, IP STB Multimedia, Residential Wi-Fi, Auto Configuration Systems, Digital Signage Applications and High-Speed PLC technology. COMTREND is committed to a vision of bringing people together through technology and continues to realize this vision through a focus on innovation and superior service.

About Sigma Designs

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

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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, general economic conditions, including the rate of adoption of Sigma's chipset solutions, Sigma's ability to deploy and achieve market acceptance for Sigma's products in its target markets, 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 quarterly report on Form 10-Q as filed December 12, 2013. 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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