Sigma Updates IPTV Chip

High-performance SMP8654 gains widespread OEM support by offering a 50% performance boost along with lower overall system costs

April 14, 2008

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LAS VEGAS -- Sigma Designs (Nasdaq:SIGM - News), a leader in digital media processing system-on-chip (SoC) solutions for consumer electronics, today announced that it has begun sampling its new SMP8654 media processor SoC, designed for the next generation of Internet Protocol Television (IPTV) set-top boxes. Product demonstrations are available at this week’s 2008 NAB Show, located in Las Vegas, April 14-17. The SMP8654 provides a 50% improvement in performance along with lower overall system costs to provide a substantially improved value proposition for the burgeoning IPTV market.

“Sigma is the clear leader in media processors for the IPTV market, shipping chipsets to nearly all the top set-top box manufacturers as well as 24 of the largest telco operators across the world,” said Ken Lowe, vice president of strategic marketing at Sigma Designs. “Our new SMP8654 represents one of the industry’s leading price/performance offerings, which is reflected in the rapid widespread adoption at many of the world’s leading set-top box manufacturers.”

In a separate release:

LAS VEGAS -- Sigma Designs (Nasdaq:SIGM - News), a leader in digital media processing system-on-a-chips (SoCs) for consumer electronics, and Microsoft Corp., today announced a collaboration to enable the Microsoft Mediaroom Internet Protocol Television (IPTV) and multimedia platform to operate on next-generation set-top boxes using the new Sigma SMP8654 SoC. The solution will provide a high-performance, cost-effective design that will give service providers the ability to offer innovative connected TV services, such as PC to TV photo and music sharing and also DVR Anywhere, which gives consumers the flexibility to watch their recorded programs on any TV in their home.

As a second generation SoC platform for Microsoft Mediaroom, Sigma’s SMP8654 builds on the successful legacy of its predecessor, the SMP8634, while improving overall performance by approximately 50%. The new collaboration reflects the strength of Microsoft and Sigma's continuing technology partnership and expands the range of partner solutions available within the Microsoft Mediaroom ecosystem.

“Sigma’s new system-on-a-chip technology gives our customers new ways to reduce costs and improve the performance of their IPTV service deployments," said Christine Heckart, general manager of marketing for Microsoft TV. “Sigma has been a key partner in the Microsoft Mediaroom ecosystem for more than two years. Our latest SoC collaboration with Sigma will give our customers the ability to offer their subscribers new ways to get the best in TV plus all their media, such as photos, music and favorite shows, in one place.”

Sigma Designs Inc. (Nasdaq: SIGM)

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