Sigma Designs and Ralink Announce 802.11n Wi-Fi Collaboration

Sigma Designs, a leading provider
of system-on-chip (SoC) solutions used to deliver entertainment and
control throughout the home, and Ralink Technology Corporation, a leading supplier of 802.11n chipsets for wireless
communications, today announced their cooperative relationship
resulting in the availability of 802.11n Wi-Fi-enabled reference
designs. These advanced and feature-rich reference designs enable rapid
deployment of wirelessly networked consumer electronic products
including Networked Media Players, Blu-ray players and more. Product
demonstrations are available at this week’s CES 2010 Show, Thursday,
January 7 through Saturday, January 9 at Sigma’s hospitality suite
located at the Las Vegas Hilton, Suite #2990.

“Sigma is leading the drive to connect consumer entertainment products.
In addition to our highly popular HomePNA and HomePlug solutions, we
continue to expand the range of consumer entertainment products that
need to access digital audio and video content within the home. These
reference designs will offer our OEM and ODM partners an opportunity to
accelerate their deployment of connected products using an 802.11n
wireless solution,” said Ken Lowe, VP Strategic Marketing at Sigma.

The Sigma Designs and Ralink collaboration highlights the technological
innovations both companies bring to the networked multimedia
marketplaces. Both companies focus on the development of robust,
feature-rich Integrated Circuits (ICs) and the reference designs were
created to leverage the advantages of Ralink’s high-performance 802.11n
Wi-Fi connectivity and Sigma’s leading system-on-chip (SoC) devices to
ultimately accelerate adoption of networked consumer electronics

Using Ralink’s 802.11n ICs, and Sigma’s SMP865x Media Processing SoCs,
the new Sigma reference designs are capable of multimedia
communications and deliver outstanding HD video performance, with
guaranteed Quality-of-Service (QoS) over the home wireless Local Area
Network (LAN). By leveraging the capabilities of the 802.11n standard,
the reference designs provide the highest available wireless
performance for sharing of personal music, photographs and other
digital content.

“By partnering with Sigma Designs, a clear leader in media processors
for consumer products, we continue to expand our home networking reach
and bring innovation to the consumer market,” said Dr. Horen Chen,
President of Ralink Technology Corporation. “With the ability of our
802.11n ICs to transmit high definition AV content around the home and
Sigma’s ability to process multi-standard multimedia content, our
solution offers an excellent solution to set-top box OEM’s who are
looking to add high performance wireless functionality.”

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, growing demand
from consumers, projected timing and availability of solutions, and the
expected use of Sigma’s products. Actual results could vary materially
from those projected in any forward-looking statements included herein
as a result of various factors, including, but not limited to,
worldwide economic conditions, the rate of growth of the market,
changes in the customer’s ability or desire to incorporate Sigma’s
chipsets and software into its product, consumer reaction to the new
products and services being offered, the ability of Sigma to deliver
sufficient quantity and quality of its chipsets, alternative offerings
by competitors, and the ability of the parties to work together
successfully to achieve the rollout of this new product. 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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