Wednesday, January 7th, 2015

Sigma Smart TV Chipsets Incorporate Support for Dolby(R) Vision to Deliver Significant Improvements in Quality of Experience

MILPITAS, CA -- (Marketwired) -- Sigma Designs® (NASDAQ: SIGM), a leading provider of intelligent system-on-chip (SoC) solutions for Smart TV, Internet of Things for Smart home and IP-based set-top-boxes (STBs), today announced a collaboration with Dolby Laboratories to bring enhanced 4K Ultra HD (UHD) and HD TV to consumers. Dolby Vision, now supported on the Sigma HiDTV® PRO-SX6 (STV7603) and SX7(STV7701) Smart TV chipsets, is a new imaging technology that helps content creators and television manufacturers deliver a dramatically different visual experience -- astonishing brightness, incomparable contrast, and captivating color -- that brings entertainment to life via over-the-top (OTT) online streaming, broadcast, and gaming applications.

"We are delighted to collaborate with Sigma Designs to bring support for Dolby Vision to their range of powerful and feature-rich chipsets," said Giles Baker, Senior Vice President, Broadcast, Dolby Laboratories. "By integrating support for Dolby Vision and the enhanced high dynamic range (HDR) visual experience our technology enables, Sigma's SoCs allow TV manufacturers, service providers, and content owners to deliver pristine content with astounding detail and realism. These improvements in quality are critical for new and emerging services in both HD and UHD."

An end-to-end solution, Dolby Vision works from content creation to distribution and playback, and it is already receiving support from critical points in the ecosystem including A-list Hollywood directors, executives at major studios, OTT service providers, TV manufacturers, and operators worldwide.

Sigma Designs' SX6 family of products was the industry's first fully-integrated Ultra HD ready smart TV SoC, and has been deployed by a number of leading TV manufacturers for their UHD sets, while the STV7701 is the newest generation of UHD HDR chipsets. The STV7603 requires an external FPGA and STV7701 provides a fully integrated solution

"Enabling the highest quality video for UHD and HD is a critical requirement, and by incorporating support for Dolby Vision alongside the other advanced processing capabilities of our SoCs, we are able to achieve dramatic improvements in color, contrast and brightness," said Mustafa Ozgen, vice president and general manager of the multi-media business unit at Sigma Designs. "We continue to enhance the capabilities of our chipsets, and teaming with Dolby, an industry leader in audio and video processing, provides outstanding benefits for our customers and consumers."

Sigma's single-chip TV solutions deliver high CPU and GPU performance, produce true 4K pictures and further improve the visual performance of the 4K pictures with its unique video post-processing engines for the best consumer experience. These powerful solutions also offer an integrated software stack, support for Android, Linux and TV middleware, and advanced processing and frame-rate conversion tools that provide uncompromising 4K picture quality.

Sigma Designs will showcase 4K video enhanced using Dolby Vision technology powered by Sigma SoCs at CES 2015, January 6-9 in Las Vegas, at the Westgate Hotel (formerly LVH), Santa Fe suite #2990. To schedule a demonstration, please send your request to [email protected].

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About Dolby Vision
Dolby Vision delivers a dramatically different visual experience -- astonishing brightness, incomparable contrast, and captivating color -- that brings entertainment to life via over-the-top (OTT) online streaming, broadcast, and gaming applications.

Even though most content is captured and rendered using technology that produces the colors and brightness of real life, much of that richness is lost by the time it gets to your living room. That's because current color-grading standards are based on the limitations of current television technologies and require that the content be altered to match their display performance-dramatically reducing the range of colors, brightness, and contrast.

Dolby Vision changes that, giving creative teams the freedom to use the full gamut of colors, peak highlights, brightness, and contrast, with the confidence that those will be reproduced faithfully on televisions that feature Dolby Vision technology.

About Sigma Designs
Sigma Designs, Inc. (NASDAQ: SIGM) is a world leader in enabling smart home convergence. The company designs and builds the essential semiconductor technologies that serve as the foundation for the world's leading IPTV set-top boxes, Smart TV, connected media players, Internet of Things (IoT) for smart home devices and residential gateways and whole home media connectivity. For more information about Sigma Designs, please visit www.sigmadesigns.com.

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.

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 STV7603 and STV7701 products with respect to the above mentioned collaboration. Actual results may vary materially due to a number of factors including, but not limited to, consumer acceptance of the features developed through this collaboration, Sigma's ability to deploy and achieve market acceptance for Sigma's products in its target markets, including the Smart TV market, 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 report on Form 10-Q. 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 publically 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.

Contact Information
Mary Miller
Sigma Designs
+1-408-957-9885
[email protected]

Keywords

Sigma Designs, smart home, semiconductor, IPTV, Smart TV, IoT, Internet of Things, Dolby Vision, online streaming, broadcast, gaming

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