||Sigma MPEG Decoders Proliferate in IP Video Appliances
MILPITAS, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 8, 2001--Sigma Designs,
Inc. (Nasdaq:SIGM - news) announces that their EM8400 MPEG-2 decoder
continues to blaze the IP Video trail with a dominant number of design
wins in set-top appliances and other streaming video applications.
With more and more investments in the growth of broadband as well
as heightened interest in the entertainment/corporate sectors, IP
streaming video looks to be a wave of the future. As evidence of this
growing trend, Sigma Designs' EM8400 decoder chip is already in use,
or is planned to be in use, for products made by the following
companies; Celerity Systems, Colorgraphic Communications, MbyN, Nevco
Technology Inc., Visual Circuits and VT Technologies.
IP streaming video technology is enabling widespread delivery of
interactive infotainment. It provides both multicast and on-demand
services with an unlimited number of channels/selections in addition
to a full range of interaction and integration with Internet services.
The advantage to all of this capability is that it is available
through the same networks that provide Internet connection --
providing cost-effective bandwidth sharing.
"The new customers incorporating our EM8400 demonstrate the
strength of this growing trend as the entertainment industry
implements the most advanced technology,'' said Ken Lowe, vice
president of Business Development for Sigma Designs. "Sigma's
technology enables and empowers companies to provide the purest form
of IP video streaming to customers everywhere as features with full
interactivity continue to multiply with amazing momentum.''
Celerity Systems, a provider of advanced digital set-top boxes and
video servers for interactive television, intends to work with Sigma
in capturing business opportunities in the video on demand (VOD) and
high-speed Internet markets. One of the key features of their new
T-6000 digital set-top box is that it gets much of its functionality
from software, so that it not only remains current, it grows to
incorporate new applications, including download over broadband
networks. Celerity chose the Sigma Designs' EM8401 decoder for their
T-6000(TM) based on the flexibility it provides. Additional
information is available at www.celerity.com/.
Colorgraphic Communications, a developer of multiple display
graphics cards, has partnered with Sigma Designs to create a
hardware-based MPEG decoder option for its successful Predator
ProMedia video adapter. This adapter will allow users to view DVD or
MPEG-based video on the Windows desktop in a fully scalable window
that can span multiple displays. Colorgraphic chose Sigma Designs'
EM8400 decoder to extend the range of potential input sources for the
ProMedia to 10. Additional information is available at
MbyN, a multimedia device R&D company focused on the digital
multimedia industry, uses Sigma Designs' EM8400 in their advanced STB
turnkey design solutions and the mediaX reference platform. MbyN's
set-top box solutions allow for quick development and their enhanced
TV solution features reception of digital DVB-S/T/C, ATSC-HD/SD and
conventional analog TV (NTSC/PAL). MbyN chose Sigma's EM8400 because
of its high quality video output and its ease of integration into
their platform. Additional information is available at www.mbyn.com/.
Nevco Technology Inc., a Silicon Valley-based company, provides a
complete suite of streaming video products that include a video
server, a video client, and content management software that allow
consumers to access the Internet through broadband connections, and
allow high-quality (MPEG-1/2/4) video contents to be delivered to
consumers in real-time with true interactivity. Nevco Technology
integrates Sigma Design's EM8400 in its video client to allow decode
of the MPEG- 1/2 video streams. Further information about the company
can be found at: www.nevcotech.com/.
Visual Circuits, a developer of multichannel digital media
solutions for digital signage, training and entertainment
applications, has integrated Sigma Designs' EM8400 decoder into
several new products. The "Harmony'' is a 2- or 4-channel MPEG-2
decoder PCI card suitable for large scale MPEG-2 video server
development. "Monet'' is an embedded-PC, universal digital media
decoder designed to support a wide variety of corporate networked
media applications. Sigma's EM8400 was chosen because of its
flexibility and ease of integration. Additional information is
available at www.visualcircuits.com/.
VT Media Technologies (VTMT), a supplier of set-top computers and
related convergent media equipment, designed their VT-900 Set Top Box
using Sigma Design's EM8400, National Semiconductor Geode processor
and the Macphyter Ethernet adapter. The VT-900 enables Ethernet 10/100
data streams to be converted to composite analog RF data streams or
digital S-Video data streams compatible with all standard TV sets.
More than 250 channels of various forms of TV-format data have been
successfully tested with the VT-900. VTMT chose the Sigma EM8400 based
on its high quality standards and ease of integration with the Geode
processor. Additional information is available at www.vtmt.com/.
The EM8400 is a single-chip MPEG audio/video decoder that supports
DVD-Video, SVCD, VCD 1.x, VCD 2.0, CD-DA and CD-ROM media formats,
with MPEG-1 and MPEG-2 [email protected] video decoding. The product has been
shipping in volume for over a year, has achieved more than 40
individual design wins and is based on Sigma Designs' award-winning
REALmagic® video streaming technology.
About Sigma Designs, Inc.
Sigma Designs specializes in silicon-based MPEG decoding for
streaming video, progressive DVD playback, and advanced digital
Set-Top Boxes. The company's award-winning REALmagic® Video
Streaming Technology is used in both commercial and consumer
applications providing highly integrated solutions for high-quality
decoding of MPEG-1, MPEG-2, and MPEG-4. Headquartered in Milpitas,
Calif., the company also has sales offices in China, Europe, Hong
Kong, Japan, Korea and Taiwan. For more information, please visit the
company's web site at www.sigmadesigns.com/.
Safe Harbor Statement
This press release contains forward-looking statements that
involve significant risks and uncertainties regarding the set-top box
market, as well as the features and potential growth prospects of
certain MPEG products offered by the Company in these markets. Actual
results may vary materially due to a number of factors including, but
not limited to, the growth of the set-top box market in general and
growth of Sigma products specifically in these markets, the ability of
the Company's REALmagic MPEG silicon to compete with other
technologies in these emerging markets, the risk that such products
will not gain widespread acceptance or will be rendered obsolete by
product offerings of competitors or by alternative technologies and
other risks including delays in the manufacturer's deployment of
set-top boxes. Other risk factors are detailed from time to time in
the Company's SEC reports, including the report on Form 10-K for the
year ended January 31, 2001 and on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended
July 31, 2001.
Note to Editors: REALmagic® is a registered trademark of Sigma
Sigma Designs, Inc., Milpitas
Ken Lowe, 408/957-9850
Edelman PR Worldwide
Stephanie Huang, 650/968-4033
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