“Sigma has been a pioneer in media processor system-on-chip solutions for Blu-ray players,” said Ken Lowe, vice president of strategic marketing at Sigma Designs. “We see a great deal of opportunity in offering an optimized solution with industry leading performance, a cost-efficient architecture, and the most proven Blu-ray software suite available.”
Sigma’s SMP8642 media processor integrates a wide complement of advanced capabilities for a system-on-chip (SoC) solution with powerful multimedia processing, robust content security system, multiple on-chip CPUs, and a range of on-chip system peripherals. Its combination of on-chip processors yield an impressive increase in overall performance. The SMP8642 silicon is also complemented by one of the most robust software suites available, featuring Sigma’s field-proven multimedia library, secure operating system, OS support environment, and Blu-ray software suite with Profile 2.0 (BD-live). As a result, the SMP8642 provides an ideal solution for the 2009 generation of mainstream Blu-ray players while remaining software compatible with the SMP8644 to enable OEMs to easily design a family of different price/performance offerings.
From a media processing standpoint, the SMP8642 offers a full complement of advanced decoder engines with high definition video decoding, including H.264 (MPEG-4 part 10), Windows Media® Video 9, VC-1, MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 (part 2), and the new AVS standard. High-performance graphics acceleration, multi-standard audio decoding with 3 on-chip DSP engines which can decode all audio standards including DTS-HD MA 7.1, advanced display 12-bit xvYCC processing capabilities, and HDMI 1.3 12-bit deep color output with CEC round out its multimedia core. Powerful content security is ensured through a dedicated secure processor, on-chip flash memory, and a range of digital rights management (DRM) engines for high-speed payload decryption. The SMP8642 also features a full complement of system peripherals, including a dual Ethernet controller, dual USB 2.0 controller, NAND flash controller, IR controller, a dual SATA controller, and SD Card interface.
Taking performance to the next level is accomplished by combining significant increases in CPU speed, memory bandwidth, and architectural efficiencies. The SMP8642 is a multi-core media processor that features a 667 MHz main CPU along with a 333 MHz second CPU for a total processing power of 1840 DMIPs and a Caffeine Mark of 5649. This enables crisp user interaction and a wider range of application-based features which enhance the “future-proofing” of this platform.
The second MIPS processor, called the IPU, manages real-time interrupt operations and is available to offload burdensome system tasks such as networking, and graphics to further optimize main CPU utilization. A third MIPS processor, called the XPU, manages all system security functions including decryption and key generation. The SMP8642 also features two 32-bit DDR-2 memory controllers which supports double-data-rate memories up to 667 Mbps as well as an improved arbitration engine to maximize the efficiency of accesses. To meet the new low-power requirements for consumer products, the SMP8642 features several standby modes, including full sleep and wake-on-LAN.
The SMP8642 media processor will be sold through Sigma’s direct sales force and international distributors. Samples of the SMP8642 are available now with production available in February.
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 regarding the future potential of the SMP8642 media processor. 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 Blu-ray market in general, the ramp in demand from our set-top box and telecommunication customers, our ability to deploy and achieve market acceptance for Sigma products in these markets, the ability of our 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 our SEC reports, including our quarterly report on Form 10-Q as filed December 11, 2008. 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.
About Sigma Designs, Inc.
Sigma Designs is a leading fabless provider of highly integrated
system-on-chip, or SoC, solutions that are used to deliver multimedia
entertainment throughout the home. Sigma’s SoC solutions combine its
semiconductors and software and are a critical component of multiple
high-growth, consumer applications that process digital video and audio
content, including internet protocol TV, or IPTV, high definition DVD
players, high definition TVs, or HDTVs, and portable media players.
Headquartered in Milpitas, Calif., Sigma Designs also has sales
representatives in the United States, Belgium, China, Japan and Taiwan
and sells its products through a third-party distributor in Korea. For
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