Prime Electronics Selects Sigma Designs' Chipset for Its Next Generation Set Top Box

MILPITAS, CA -- (Marketwired) -- Jun 02, 2014 -- Sigma Designs® (NASDAQ: SIGM), a leading provider of intelligent system-on-chip (SoC) solutions for Smart TV, Smart home and IP-based set-top-boxes, announced today that Prime Electronics and Satellites ("Prime"), a leading manufacturer of state of the art set top boxes has selected Sigma Designs' CG5200 family of chipsets for their newest set top box design. With the increased demands for bandwidth, QoS, remote management and coverage, Prime wants to take advantage of the robustness of the technology to deliver the most reliable and stable Multi-screen, Home Networking services possible by embedding Sigma's CG5200 directly into their set top box.

Prime is using Sigma's MIMO (multiple input, multiple output) powerline chipset which enables whole-home coverage over all power lines, phone lines, and coaxial wires. Sigma Design's solution significantly reduces installation costs as there is no need for professional installers. The set top box can be shipped directly to the customer because it is designed to be fully-functional once it is plugged into a power socket. The power cord serves as both the power feed as well as the communication port. Any power socket that is equipped with Sigma's CG5200 series is a part of the mesh network and can handle media-streaming.

"We are pleased to work with Sigma Designs because they not only have a great reputation in powerline in both legacy and technology, they have deep experience with ISPs and Telcos and in the IP STB business," stated Prime's General Manager, Daniel Hsieh. "We think both companies could leverage each other's experience in both STB and home networking devices to satisfy those customers' needs."

"Sigma is excited to deliver the technology through a new home device. Embedding the technology into the Prime set top box is the next logical step in creating the most seamless media experience for the consumer," said Nadav Katsir, vice-president of Sigma Designs' Home Connectivity business unit.

The CG5200 chipset family includes:

  • Whole home coverage utilizing all existing wires
  • Optimization for IPTV and Multicast systems for video and audio traffic
  • Embedded IP Stack for TR069 remote management and diagnostics capabilities
  • PHY rate up to 1 Gbps per medium (coaxial, phone, power)
  • MIMO/SISO over power line - extending coverage, rates, and best immunity to interferences
  • Smooth and seamless migration from Home PNA to over coax
  • Customer self-install
  • Support of ITU-T standards (G.9960/1/2/3/4)
  • Support of HomePNA™ 3.1(ITU-T G.9954 standard)

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About Sigma Designs

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

Sigma Designs, Secure Media Processor, and the Sigma Designs logo are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Sigma Designs, Inc. and its subsidiaries in the United States and other countries. All other trademarks mentioned herein are believed to be trademarks of their respective owners.

About Prime Electronics

Prime Electronics and Satellites Inc. (Taipei: 6152) is an OEM/ODM manufacturer specializing in developing core digital, RF technology, and manufacturing (MFG) advanced state-of-the-art electronic products to meet STB, LNB/Switch, LTE, and Home Networking market demands. Working with many Tier 1 brands, Prime deploys products worldwide. The engineering teams in Prime are highly-experienced with different H/W platform, S/W; M/W integrations and most of the important Conditional Access System (CAS) and 3rd party partners.

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 the rate of adoption for set top boxes 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. 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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