Sigma Designs Is the First Chip Vendor to Power PC-to-TV Wireless Display Devices

Sigma’s SMP8653 Opens Door for NETGEAR® Push2TV Adapter to Wirelessly Display PC Screens on High Definition TV

MILPITAS, Calif. — (BUSINESS WIRE) — September 23, 2010 — Sigma Designs (NASDAQ: SIGM), a leading provider of System-on-Chip (SoC) solutions used to deliver entertainment and control throughout the home, today announced that the SMP8653 secure media processor is the first and only media processor powering wireless PC-to-TV display devices. NETGEAR’s Push2TV™ adapter uses Sigma’s chipset to display content from Intel® Wireless Display enabled notebook PCs on the big screen HD-TV, wirelessly.

The market for wireless PC to TV display devices is growing fast. More than 40 laptops available today come with Intel Wireless Display technology and the number of supported laptops is expected to grow significantly next year. This broad market penetration creates a unique opportunity for companies to develop products with the ability to wirelessly stream PC content to the TV. Only Sigma’s media processors leverage this groundbreaking technology and address this new market.

The solution requires only two pieces – a Sigma-powered adapter, such as the NETGEAR Push2TV, and a new-generation notebook powered by the Intel Core™ Processor family with Intel Wireless Display. Intel Wireless Display captures fully rendered display frames and wirelessly sends the compressed video and audio wirelessly to the Sigma-powered adapter that is connected to the TV.

Using Sigma’s SMP8653 media decoder technology, NETGEAR’s Push2TV wirelessly communicates with a laptop with Intel Wireless Display to extend the end user’s PC browsing and viewing experience to the TV wirelessly. Once the NETGEAR Push2TV is connected to the TV, there is only a quick set-up process to create a wireless connection with the laptop. The adapter is designed to connect to a wide variety of TVs using either HDMI or A/V cables. Consumers benefit from this fully integrated PC-to-TV solution without having to plug any external components or dongles into their notebook computer or learn a new user interface. To learn more about NETGEAR Push2TV and see the compatible Intel based laptops, please visit http://www.netgear.com/ptv.

“Sigma delivers cutting-edge technology to our customers so they can deliver innovation to theirs. Using our chipset, NETGEAR is pioneering a new market opportunity where consumers can take their laptop and stream content, wirelessly, to their TV,” said David Lynch, vice president and general manager, media processor division at Sigma Designs. “Very soon, there will be literally millions of PCs containing Intel Core processors that will be able to connect to a TV using solutions like this. This represents an entirely new category of home entertainment network products powered by Sigma’s media processors.”

NETGEAR’s Push2TV adapter based on Sigma SoC leverages the Intel Wireless Display technology to let users easily:

  • Enjoy music, pictures and videos from their laptop, home network or the Internet in HD on their big screen TV wirelessly – no more crowding around a small laptop screen
  • Quickly and securely connect a laptop PC to a TV without cables
  • Surf the web from the couch and easily access many of today’s online movies and TV shows by having all the access of a web browser on your TV

“Sigma Designs has played an important role as a supplier of chipsets for the NETGEAR Push2TV adapter for Intel Wireless Display,” said Som Pal Choudhury, director, product marketing at NETGEAR. “Because of Sigma, there is a significant opportunity for companies like NETGEAR to leverage Intel Wireless Display to create innovative new products for this emerging market segment.”

Tags/Keywords: Sigma Designs, SIGM, Intel® Wireless Display, Intel, NETGEAR Push2TV

About Sigma Designs, Inc.

Sigma Designs is a leading fabless semiconductor provider of highly integrated system-on-chip (SoC) solutions that are used to deliver entertainment and control throughout the home. SoC solutions include media processing, wired and wireless networking, video image processing, and home control along with system software to form the critical components of consumer electronic products that include Internet protocol TV (IPTV) set top boxes, gateways, Blu-ray players, and media communication devices. Headquartered in Milpitas, Calif., Sigma Designs has direct sales representatives in the United States, Brazil, China, Europe (Denmark), Israel, Japan, Singapore, Taiwan and distributors in Korea, Russia and India. For more information, please visit Sigma Designs' web site at www.sigmadesigns.com.

Safe Harbor Statement

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 continuance of the current economic conditions specific to the semiconductor industry, the rate of growth of the wireless display market in general, the ramp in demand from Sigma’s set-top box and telecommunication customers, Sigma’s ability to deploy and achieve market acceptance for Sigma’s products in these markets, the ability of its SoCs to compete with other technologies or products in these emerging markets as well as other risks that are detailed from time to time in Sigma’s SEC reports, including our quarterly report on Form 10-Q as filed September 8, 2010. 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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