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Sigma Designs Unveils Second Generation Breakthrough Chipset for Premium Networked Performance Over Any Home Wires

LAS VEGAS, NV and MILPITAS, CA–(Marketwire – Jan 7, 2013) – CES — Sigma Designs® (NASDAQ: SIGM), a leading provider of system-on-chip (SoC) solutions for home entertainment, connectivity and converging multimedia delivery, today announced its new breakthrough CG5200 family of chipsets. The CG5200 family which includes the CG5210, CG5220 and CG5230 provides optimized functionality, performance and cost structure for a variety of market needs and enables superior networked entertainment performance and throughput for seamless, high-quality distribution of Triple Play and IPTV over all three household wires: power line, coax and phone line. technology offers a single standard for connecting networked devices over any existing wired infrastructure (power-line, coax and phone-line). Sigma Designs’ CG5200 family ensures unprecedented levels of consistency and reliability, making it the ideal solution for embedding into consumer electronics devices, gateways and set-top boxes for whole-home networking of multiple HD and 3DTV video streams. The chipsets are optimized for multimedia distribution and IPTV applications to deliver multiple streams of HDTV video content, 3DTV video traffic, audio content, VoIP, data, gaming and other applications that are highly QoS-sensitive. This 2nd generation family of chipsets draws on the broad experience and learning accumulated from multiple lab and field trials executed with operators and OEMs. 

“Complying with the latest MIMO standard, the CG5200 family of chipsets is a major step forward for consumers, manufacturers and service providers,” said Gabi Hilevitz, Sigma Designs’ vice president and general manager Home Connectivity business unit. “End users will now be able to enjoy a superior experience regardless of which connection method they choose to employ. The CG5200 series is also a major win for manufacturers, who can now offer single product with unmatched performance over any wired system at an optimized cost meeting specific application and market requirements. By using, service providers can enjoy substantial economies in the costs of support and installation services through this technology’s intrinsic remote management capabilities.”

Devices that use the CG5200 will deliver to end-users the highest Quality of Experience (QoE) due to the chipset’s network level and device level QoS. Salient features and benefits include:

  • More throughput than any legacy technology; supports up to 1 Gbps physical layer (PHY) bit rate for multimedia and data distribution over a single medium, and up to 3 Gbps by simultaneously using all three wires inside the home;
  • Unparalleled performance and reliability over power line; An optimized MIMO (multiple inputs, multiple outputs) feature uses all three wires in the power outlet — phase, neutral, and ground — to enable the highest level of guaranteed delivery of IPTV traffic;
  • Smooth migration from HPNA 3.1 to over coax and phone line; With the new CG5200 family, there’s no need for double inventory, the same product can auto configure (or remotely be managed) to work as or HPNA 3.1.

The CG5200 is sampling today to selected OEM and ODM customers, and will be in volume production in Q2 of 2013. Sigma Designs will demonstrate the CG5200 at the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show, January 8 – 11, at the Las Vegas Hotel Suite #2921. Sigma Designs’ CG5200 will also be showcased in the HomeGrid Forum’s Booth, # 21906 (South Hall 1, Ground Level).

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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 technologies in general and Sigma’s CG5200 media processors, 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 6, 2012. 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.