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To: DELT1970 who wrote (827)12/3/2002 4:18:54 PM
From: DELT1970
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e-BOX Unveils End-to-End MPEG-4 Architecture for Cable Networks atBroadband Plus; MPEG-4 Delivers a New Standard for Advanced Digital VideoServices

ANAHEIM, Calif., Dec 3, 2002 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- The e-BOX Corporation, formed in March 2002 to develop the next generation system for advanced cable services based on MPEG-4, will unveil the core components of the system at The Western Show/Broadband Plus, today in Anaheim, California. e-BOX demonstrated the advantages of MPEG-4 for cable systems at the NCTA show in New Orleans in April 2002, and in cooperation with Comcast Cable Communications, Inc., is on schedule to start field trials of the new system early next year.

MPEG-4 is rapidly emerging as the worldwide standard for the delivery of interactive video services at significantly reduced bandwidths, making delivery of next generation services more cost-effective for operators. The e-BOX solution supports High Definition TV, Video-On Demand (VOD) with the look-and-feel of DVD and Personal Video Recording (PVR) all in one low cost set-top box. It also satisfies the requirements of studios to permit the distribution of newly released movie content over cable by using advanced Digital Rights Management (DRM) technologies provided by Nagravision and National Semiconductor.

The e-BOX architecture allows for 24 independent high quality programs, encoded in MPEG-4 format, to be streamed over a single 256 QAM carrier. e-BOX has demonstrated to cable service operators that the delivery of MPEG-4 based VOD services with enhanced DVD-like capabilities is the ideal solution to create new revenue opportunities. The superior compression of MPEG-4 versus MPEG-2 reduces costs by expanding the number of programs delivered and by making bandwidth available for high definition television (HDTV) programs. The demonstration combines iVAST's MPEG-4 Media Server with set-top boxes incorporating a Sigma Designs MPEG-4 decoder chip and a National Semiconductor Geode(TM) processor. The conditional access solution supporting the entire system is being provided by Nagravision, with SkyStream Networks providing the head-end equipment for the delivery of video content over the cable system for the demonstration. Imagine Broadband is providing the platform definition and integration support.

"Our member companies and partners make up a compelling team who are all committed to deliver a highly advanced, yet low cost solution to the digital video service industry," said Dr. Masao Sugimoto, president of e-BOX Corporation. "We believe that by taking advantage of the benefits of MPEG-4 technology, e-BOX will fundamentally change the market of the digital video broadcast industry as it's known today."

The founding companies of the e-BOX Corporation, which includes National Semiconductor Corporation (NYSE:NSM), Sigma Designs (NASDAQ:SIGM), and CMC Magnetics (2323.TW); and two privately held companies, iVAST, Inc. and Modern VideoFilm Inc. are developing the system solution, with support from Nagravision and Imagine Broadband, for service providers in North America and Japan. e-BOX will start field trials with Comcast early in 2003.

Members of the e-BOX consortium will provide additional information about these and other initiatives at The Western Show, December 3rd - 6th, 2002, in Anaheim, California.

About e-BOX:

The e-BOX Corporation was founded by several leading consumer electronics and technology companies in March 2002 to deliver a complete MPEG-4 solution for network operators to deploy enhanced video on demand and interactive TV services to subscribers. Targeted at North America and Japan, the solution includes head-end equipment, system software, content-protection systems and digital set-top boxes to provide scheduled and on-demand MPEG-4-encoded content and interactive services. The consortium is composed of several companies including: National Semiconductor Corporation (NYSE:NSM), Sigma Designs (NASDAQ:SIGM), and CMC Magnetics (2323.TW); and two privately held companies, iVAST, Inc. and Modern VideoFilm Inc. Together these companies are working with Comcast Cable Communications, Inc., an advisor on the technical requirements of the system. e-BOX is headquartered in Tokyo, Japan and has demonstration centers in California.

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To: DELT1970 who wrote (828)3/6/2003 11:55:31 PM
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Stock sale at $3.07 raises $4.3 million.
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To: DELT1970 who wrote (829)5/23/2003 5:00:52 PM
From: benmoti
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And at $9
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To: benmoti who wrote (830)5/23/2003 9:43:46 PM
From: DELT1970
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I was a seller today after an amazing five month ride. The Far East is still the big current opportunity for Sigma and it's SARS impacted. Q1 results and CC on Tuesday. Look for optimistic comments but revenues and near term forecasts that don't support this market cap. Company will present at Friedman Billings Ramsey Tech Conference next week following results.

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To: DELT1970 who wrote (831)5/30/2003 6:57:00 PM
From: benmoti
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I am still holding to mine. What is the link to Friedman Billings Ramsey Tech Conference? Also today Coverage initiated on Sigma Designs, Inc. by Needham & Co.

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To: benmoti who wrote (832)11/26/2003 9:18:30 AM
From: DELT1970
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Re-entered SIGM at $5.85 in the early session on the revenue shortfall announcement. May be choppy through tax selling season, but this will be a good one to own going into the CES show in Las Vegas, Jan. 8-11, 2004.

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To: DELT1970 who wrote (833)11/26/2003 12:10:53 PM
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"Sigma Designs Inc. (NasdaqNM:SIGM - News) sank Wednesday after delays in a customer order caused the Milpitas, Calif., company to miss Wall Street expectations for the third quarter.

Sigma, which provides digital video encoding and decoding for the personal- computer DVD market, late Tuesday reported earnings of a penny a share, three cents shy of the mean estimate of only two analysts surveyed by Thomson First Call (News - Websites) . The company lost five cents a share in the year-earlier period.

In a research note Wednesday, Needham & Co. analyst Anton Wahlman said he believes a major customer in Europe postponed its order deliveries for an unknown reason. Sigma's third-quarter revenue of $7.5 million fell shy of Mr. Wahlman's estimate of $8.8 million in sales.

Mr. Wahlman, however, said he still has confidence in the business and believes the day's selloff will provide a buying opportunity for investors.

The analyst, who maintained a "hold" rating on the stock, said he is still concerned with the company's near-term revenue "lumpiness," coming from an expected seasonal weakness in Europe.

As a result, Mr. Wahlman is lowering his fourth-quarter earnings per-share estimate to three cents from six cents, and his full-year projection to eight cents from 14 cents. The analyst doesn't own shares in Sigma, but Needham has an investment-banking relationship.

Sigma believes the revenue and earnings shortfall due to the order delay is an "anomaly," said Chairman and Chief Executive Thinh Tran in a late Tuesday conference call transcript provided by CCBN StreetEvents.

The order, which Mr. Tran characterized as significant, was recorded in the fourth quarter.

At about 10:45 a.m. EST, Sigma was down $1.26, or 17%, at $6.07, on volume of 2.2 million shares. Average daily volume is 498,500 shares.

Many consumer-electronics and digital-subscriber-line and cable set-top box makers are expected to adopt MPEG-4 encoding for high-definition television, and Needham's Mr. Wahlman said Sigma could obtain a strong market share in the segment.

In the long run, Sigma is poised to be the leader in the MPEG-4 business, which Mr. Wahlman said could be a billion dollar market in 2005.

The analyst said he would be interested in revisiting his "hold" rating if the market capitalization fell to about $100 million. Based on its recent trading price of $6.07, the stock has a market cap of $123.4 million.

Among its encoding chips for digital video disc players, Sigma saw competition in its low-end DVD market, Mr. Tran said in the call. He acknowledged there were some small price concessions made, but noted the company tends to focus more on the high-end market.

During the same conference call, Chief Financial Officer Kit Tsui said he believes demand for advanced and portable DVD players will increase next year, and noted Sigma has a strong position providing chip sets for the players."

-By Roger Cheng, Dow Jones Newswires; 201-938-5393; roger.cheng@dowjones.com

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To: DELT1970 who wrote (834)1/3/2004 9:49:41 AM
From: D. K. G.
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Sigma Designs (SIGM-NNM)
by Capstone (6.18, Dec. 23)
Strong Buy. Strong long-term growth strategy. The company is a market leader in sectors of the burgeoning digital-media market. Sigma holds a 75% market share in the IP Video market, which is expected to reach 14 million units in 2006. Its line of semiconductors have won many key accounts recently, including being chosen by Microsoft, for sole use in MSTV, and Sony, to provide decoding for three of Sony's new Plasma Wega line of HDTVs...Sigma doesn't compete on price; it differentiates its DVD products through features that appeal to enthusiasts. The enthusiast market is expected to be around 10% of the total DVD market of approximately 120 million units per year in 2006. Sigma will be first to market with the coming introduction of its new chip, which will be able to decode the Windows Media standard.

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From: Bob A Louie8/27/2005 12:37:04 PM
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SIGM set-top IPTV player

Tristan Gerra, the Baird analyst that, like Roth, has a $15 price target on the stock, is out with a new report. The following is from Gerra’s report.

SBC Communications announced yesterday it has chosen Scientific-Atlanta and Motorola to deliver next-generation video-on-demand and IP TV services as part of SBC's Project Lightspeed. The set-top boxes will operate Microsoft's TV IP TV Edition software. SBC is planning on an initial rollout late 2005 or early 2006 using Motorola set-top boxes, with a more broadbased rollout beginning mid-2006 featuring DVR and HD capabilities using both Scientific Atlanta and Motorola's set-top boxes.

Sigma's Win At SFA And MOT Set-Top Boxes.
We continue to believe that Sigma Designs' advanced H.264/VC-1 SMP8634 decoder is designed in both SFA and Motorola set-top boxes, and we believe these wins could be announced soon. We expect a meaningful revenue ramp for Sigma Designs in the first half of calendar 2006, specifically in association with the introduction of Project Lightspeed's high-definition capabilities.

The SMP8634, The Only Decoder Optimized To Run With Microsoft's IPTV Software.
Importantly, we believe that Sigma's SMP8634 is the only decoder optimized to run with Microsoft's IPTV software. The Microsoft interface supports VC-1 decoding, which is part of Sigma Design's chip and should be a technology central to the deployment of video-on-demand services. The SMP8634 supports other features of Microsoft's IPTV software including multiple streaming including two at high-definition, and multiple DRM engines. The fact that the Motorola and Scientific-Atlanta set-top boxes will operate Microsoft's TV IPTV Edition software is a positive for Sigma beyond the first rollout wave in our view, given the strong relationship between the two companies. This has been and remains a major hurdle for Sigma Designs' competitors, in our view.

Second-Half Drivers Include DMAs, IPTVs, And DTVs.
In the second half of this year, catalysts for Sigma include digital media adapters, IP TV trial deployments in Europe and in Asia, and ramp into digital TVs. We also expect tier-one OEMs to showcase high-definition DVD players at next CES featuring Sigma's advanced decoders.

SBC's announcement, combined with Sigma's announcement yesterday that its SMP8634 advanced decoder is currently sampling and is slated for volume production in November of this year, should provide investors with a more concrete timetable for Sigma's participation in the deployment of IPTV services worldwide and in SBC's Project Lightspeed. We are reiterating our $15 price target and our Outperform rating on SIGM shares.

IP TV More Than Just TV Over The Internet: The Era Of Interactive TV.

IP TV offers limitless channels with no bandwidth limitations, interactive applications, and personalized guides/options. Unlike cable and satellite, an IP set-top box plugs into a home digital network, enabling the management of video content on the PC, TV, and across multi-room personal video recorders (PVRs.) With IP TV, interactive guides and navigation can be personalized to different users, similar to profiles on Windows XP, with search functions enabling customers to locate the content they want to watch. IPTV services will also offer integrated services including gaming, caller ID on set-top boxes, on-screen notification, TV-based email, address books, billing, video surveillance, customer services, as well as features enabling consumers to integrate their own video and audio content.

We believe the IP TV infrastructure is now largely in place. Costs of streaming, storing, and accessing content have come down. A 2004 Parks Associates study showed that 65% of respondents would switch to IPTV if it saved them money, with the option of purchasing TV channels "a la carte" a second reason for switching. Globally, there were 1.9 million IPTV viewers in 2004, growing to 25 million viewers by 2008, per industry estimates.

Sigma Designs, Pioneer And Leader Into The IPTV Market.
Sigma Designs currently has a leading market share position (above 50%) in the rapidly-growing IP set-top box market worldwide. We believe the company, as a pioneer and leader in IP TV services, is very well positioned to benefit from the pending deployment of HD IPTV services. While competition from Broadcom and STMicroelectronics should materialize starting in the second-half of 2006, in our view, we believe that the market size opportunity of IP TV, combined with Sigma's world-class video engineering team and first-entrant status on the market, should enable the company to sustain strong growth beyond 2006 as it retains a significant market share of the market.

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From: SBHX6/28/2006 11:02:55 AM
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Is this board still up? Anyone ot there?

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