Fujitsu and Sigma Designs Announce Wireless HDAV Technology Collaboration; Demonstrations at CES 2008



    
    Wireless HDAV First to Leverage H.264 and WiMedia Standards for Streaming
    High Definition Content without Cables
    

    MILPITAS, Calif. and SUNNYVALE, Calif., Jan. 2 /CNW/ -- Sigma Designs
(Nasdaq:   SIGM), a leading provider of highly integrated systems-on-a-chip
(SoC) solutions, and Fujitsu Microelectronics America, Inc. (FMA), an
innovative leader providing high-performance, reliable semiconductor products
and services, will collaborate to deliver Wireless HDAV(TM) technology
solutions for consumer electronics manufacturers serving the High-Definition
(HD), A/V, cable-replacement market. Both companies will demonstrate Wireless
HDAV reference designs at International CES in Las Vegas, January 7-9, at the
Fujitsu booth #13244 (Central Hall) and at Sigma's digital living room
demonstrations inside the LVCC Hilton Hotel Suite #2989.
    Sigma's Wireless HDAV streaming is a technology for transporting HD
multimedia using standard-based encoding technologies over Ultra-WideBand
(UWB) to replace high definition audio/video cables. Sigma's Wireless HDAV
reference designs using the Fujitsu H.264-compliant CODEC can enable
developers of home networking systems to eliminate cables between a television
and set-top box or High-Definition DVD player using wireless HDAV, the first
technology solution to support both the H.264 format and UWB based on the
WiMedia(R) standard. Wireless HDAV streams high-definition content from device
to device at distances up to 10 meters.
    The wireless solution combines the Fujitsu H.264-compliant MB86H51 CODEC
with Sigma Designs' SMP8634 Secure Media Processor decoder and UWB Windeo(R)
chipset, the only UWB chipset that uses Intelligent Array Radio (IAR)
technology. IAR ensures the highest reliability in wireless connections
between devices and also delivers through-wall and range extension
capabilities. Using the MB86H51 to compress raw video allows wireless HD video
streaming without compromising visual quality.
    "We are excited to work with Fujitsu and combine both companies'
semiconductor, HD and wireless strengths to take cable A/V replacement a big
step further for our mutual consumer electronics customers," said Hung Nguyen,
vice president and general manager of the Wireless Products Division at Sigma
Designs. "At CES, we look forward to showcasing Wireless HDAV among the
devices the technology can wirelessly connect from HDTVs, high definition DVD
players, IPTV set-top boxes and digital media adapters powered by Sigma media
processors, to mobile USB devices in the future."
    "Together, Fujitsu and Sigma Designs developed Wireless HDAV based on the
H.264 format to take advantage of its scalable and cost-efficient features,"
said Davy Yoshida, director of Business Development, Fujitsu Microelectronics
America, Inc. "Our CODEC chip works seamlessly to offer mutual consumer
electronics customers and system integrators the opportunity to develop
products and systems that will deliver wireless, cable-free HDTV
capabilities."
    
    More about Sigma's SMP8634 and Windeo Chipset
    
    Sigma's SMP8634 media processor, used by the world's leading
high-definition consumer electronics manufacturers, integrates a complete
complement of next-generation capabilities for a single-chip SoC solution with
powerful multimedia processing, a robust content security system, and a full
complement of peripherals. Its advanced decoder engines support video decoding
of H.264 (MPEG-4 part 10), Windows Media(R) Video 9, VC-1, MPEG-2 and MPEG-4
(part 2) with multiple streams, up to the equivalent of two high-definition
video streams. Sigma's Windeo(R) chipset and accompanying software are based
on the WiMedia Alliance's PHY, MAC and WiNET specifications respectively, the
defacto standards for Ultra-WideBand wireless communication.
    
    The Fujitsu H.264-Compliant MB86H51 CODEC
    
    The Fujitsu MB86H51 CODEC was introduced in May 2007. (See the press
release dated May 23, 2007,
http://www.fujitsu.com/us/news/pr/fma_20070523.html.) The device can compress
and decompress full high-definition video (1,920 dots x 1,080 lines) in real
time using the H.264 format. This is the industry's first single-chip device
for full HD H.264 high profile version 4.0 video processing that incorporates
embedded memory. The MB86H51 also compresses and decompresses audio in real
time by utilizing formats such as the MPEG-1 Audio Layer. The MB86H51
leverages embedded memory technologies from Fujitsu Limited to enable compact,
low power designs. The device contains two blocks of 256 Megabit memory
(FCRAM) embedded on-chip. The optimized design enables a smaller size of only
15mm squared and low power consumption of just 750 mW.
    
    About Sigma Designs, Inc.
    
    Sigma Designs is a leading fables 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 more information, please visit Sigma
Designs' web site at http://www.sigmadesigns.com.
    
    About Fujitsu Microelectronics America, Inc. (FMA)
    
    Fujitsu Microelectronics America, Inc. (FMA) leads the industry in
innovation. FMA provides high-quality, reliable semiconductor products and
services for the networking, communications, automotive, security and other
markets throughout North and South America. For product information, visit the
company web site at http://us.fujitsu.com/micro or address e-mail to
inquiry@fma.fujitsu.com
    
    Safe Harbor Statement
    
    This press release may contain forward-looking statements, including
statements about the projected timing of the launch of these products, our
leadership position and our product performance. Actual results could vary
from those projected in the forward looking statements as a result of various
factors, including, but not limited, the actual performance of and market
demand for these products along with other factors, outlined from time to time
in our SEC reports, including our registration statement on Form S-1 as filed
September 14, 2007.




For further information:

For further information: Emi Igarashi of Fujitsu Microelectronics
America,  Inc., +1-408-737-5647, eigarash@fma.fujitsu.com; or Allyson
Stinchfield of  Atomic PR, +1-415-402-0230, allyson@atomicpr.com, for Sigma
Designs; or Dick  Davies of Independent Public Relations Associates,
+1-415-652-7515,  ipra@mindspring.com, for Fujitsu Microelectronics America,
Inc. and Sigma  Designs Web Site: http://www.fma.fujitsu.com                 
http://www.sigmadesigns.com

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