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To: DELT1970 who wrote (818)8/28/2002 12:39:53 AM
From: DELT1970
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Here is the first of several DVD players Sigma's chip will be in this Christmas. The names will get bigger as will SIGM
biz.yahoo.com

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To: DELT1970 who wrote (819)8/28/2002 12:23:11 PM
From: DiViT
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"The names will get bigger as will SIGM"

There has to be a market for an "advanced DVD player".
So far all attempts at marketing an "advanced DVD player" have failed.

They also need to resolve this accusation of code theft...
newsforge.com

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To: DiViT who wrote (820)8/28/2002 2:56:24 PM
From: DELT1970
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The company publicly credited XVID on the CC for the lines of open source code used by the Sigma programmer (unbeknownst to Sigma management). Perhaps further crediting will be necessary in trade circles, but what tangible liability based on case law or previous resolutions could possibly remain?

Has anybody previously had a MPEG4 based player with the suite of features offered by Sigma in the $199-299 price point?

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To: DELT1970 who wrote (821)9/5/2002 9:26:26 AM
From: DELT1970
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Interesting newsletter with overview of MPEG-4.
highstreetresearch.com

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To: DELT1970 who wrote (822)9/23/2002 9:04:53 PM
From: DELT1970
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SOFTBANK And Samsung Select Sigma Designs' MPEG Decoder Chips For World's Largest Broadband TV Over DSL Deployment
Monday September 23, 10:33 am ET

MILPITAS, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sept. 23, 2002--Sigma Designs (Nasdaq:SIGM - News), a leader in IP video streaming solutions, today announced that it has been selected by Samsung and SOFTBANK Broadmedia Corporation, the broadband content and application unit of SOFTBANK, as the supplier of MPEG decoder chips for a new broadband TV service deployment in Japan.

SOFTBANK Broadmedia Corporation's subsidiary Club iT, a content aggregation and marketing company, will launch and market an interactive TV service, known as `BB Cable TV' through its wholly-owned subsidiary, BB Cable Corporation. BB Cable Corporation recently completed its registration as a cable television broadcaster for broadband TV services over DSL. This registration was the first of its kind in Japan.

Using the latest in broadband technology, the SOFTBANK service enables the delivery of multi-channel television (including true video on demand and a personal program guide) via standard television sets. The service will be available to all SOFTBANK Yahoo! BB ADSL customers within the areas detailed below with sufficient link speed between the customer premise equipment (CPE) and the DSLAM. The consumer rollout will commence in the autumn of 2002.

The Yahoo! BB service is the fastest growing broadband network in Japan and the BB Cable TV deployment is expected to be the largest of its kind in the world, with a target to deploy the solution to the 885,000 Yahoo! BB subscribers nationwide (as of August 2002). The rollout will start in Tokyo and will extend to Saitama-city, Chiba-city and Yokohama from December 2002. The service will be further extended to Sapporo, Nagoya, Kyoto, Osaka, Kobe and Fukuoka from March 2003.

Taro Hashimoto, CEO of SOFTBANK Broadmedia Corporation, Club iT Corporation and BB Cable Corporation, said, "I believe that this initiative will redefine the relationship customers have with all types of media. This is the natural extension of the broadband Internet experience in a converging telecommunications world. I am sure that BB Cable TV will become the benchmark for other broadband TV services both in Japan and abroad. We evaluated many solutions on the market and strongly believe in the key technology partners we selected for a long-term solution."

Samsung has been selected to supply the low-cost set-top boxes tailored to SOFTBANK's requirements. The set-top boxes are based on Sigma's EM8400 MPEG decoder chip and streaming video driver software. Additionally, ThirdSpace Ltd is supplying the middleware and client software, with conditional access technology provided by NDS.

"Ensuring high-quality video output was one of our primary goals for the SOFTBANK set-top box," stated Dr. Hee-Won Park, senior manager of Set-top Box Development for Samsung. "Sigma's EM8400 silicon solution delivers this level of quality along with proven driver support for streaming video on demand."

Sigma's EM8400 MPEG decoder chip, based on the company's award-winning REALmagic® Video Streaming Technology, is a highly-integrated solution for the decoding of MPEG-1 and MPEG-2 streams. Accompanied by a portfolio of system level software for streaming video, video-on-demand, and DVD playback, the EM8400 has become the most popular MPEG decoder chip for IP video set-top boxes, with over 50 design wins in telco and commercial applications.

"Deploying a Broadband TV service based on a DSL network of this magnitude is a milestone for our industry," said Ken Lowe, Sigma Designs' vice president of business development. "We are very excited to be working with a top-quality manufacturer, such as Samsung, to deliver set-top boxes for SOFTBANK's groundbreaking project."

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To: DELT1970 who wrote (823)9/30/2002 10:10:22 AM
From: DELT1970
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Toshiba puts Sigma's MPEG-4 into its home entertainment gateway:
Toshiba Showcases Complete TX49 RISC Processor-Based Reference Platform For Entertainment Home Gateways
Modular and Configurable PCI-Based Solution Gives Early Adopters a Head Start On Entertainment Gateway Designs and Development for the Home of the Future
Monday September 30, 9:30 am ET

SAN JOSE, Calif., Sept. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc. (TAEC) today disclosed details of a complete integrated TX49 Reduced Instruction Set Computer (RISC) processor-based reference platform for entertainment home gateway applications. Five leading companies joined with TAEC and cooperated in the development of the reference platform: Lineo, Systemonic, Sigma Designs, Vweb and Wipro Limited. The first demonstration of the reference platform will take place at CEATEC in Japan on October 1, 2002.
"Toshiba Corporation (Toshiba) expects the entertainment gateway to be the center of the home of the future. Toshiba's configurable leading-edge reference platform gives developers flexibility and a time-to-market advantage in creating solutions for the emerging entertainment gateway market. A time-to-market advantage is key for those companies who are driving and defining the standards of the future," said Farhad Mafie, vice president of the ASSP Business Unit at TAEC. "Toshiba's highly integrated, high-performance 64-bit TX49 MIPS-based RISC processor is at the heart of this reference platform. The solution includes complete hardware and system-level software, which are integrated and optimized for the best overall system performance. Together with the best-of-breed functionality and support from leading hardware and software players, our entertainment platform provides the most complete, flexible and high-performance solution," he added.

Toshiba's modular and configurable entertainment gateway reference platform incorporates the features and functions needed to build an entertainment gateway or add connectivity to products including televisions, personal computers, digital video recorders, personal video recorders, game consoles, etc. Various configurations are supported and new functions for emerging vertical markets can be added. Integrating both hardware and software on a Linux operating system platform, the entertainment home gateway reference solution includes:

-- Toshiba's TX49 64-bit RISC processor, which includes an integrated
memory controller, a Peripheral Component Interconnect (PCI)
controller, Universal Asynchronous Receiver/Transmitters, timers, a
serial peripheral interface, an Audio Codec '97 interface and a triple
Data Encryption Standard engine.

-- Toshiba's recently announced TC86C001FG companion chip, which supports
the PCI interface, the Inter-IC bus, Universal Serial Bus (USB) hosts,
USB devices, Integrated Drive Electronics Ultra-DMA mode 4 interface,
general parallel input/output (I/O) and serial I/O.

-- Sigma Designs' DVD/MPEG-4 decoder with full-screen MPEG-4 playback.

-- Systemonic's programmable Tondelayo silicon solution for 802.11a+b
W-LAN communication with "detect and connect" capability.

-- Vweb's MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 codec, MPEG-2 and -4 transcoding on the fly,
D1 size (720 x 486 pixels) MPEG-4 and a video streaming engine.

-- Lineo and Wipro's communications, virtual private network engine and
voice over IP on embedded Linux.

"Existing solutions from competitors fall far short of the flexible, diverse capability that is provided with Toshiba's entertainment gateway platform. Competing single-chip or chipset solutions narrowly target specific end-products and miss important functionality needed in an entertainment center such as 802.11 wireless solutions and support for MPEG streaming video," said Tetsuro Wada, platform development director of the ASSP Business Unit at TAEC. "Our customers can get up to a year's head start on writing software code and access to a complete bill of materials for speedy development. As well, their designs can evolve as their product needs and industry standards change." He added that the platform could be used for other emerging market applications such as an MPEG-4 camera and surveillance system.

Market Background

While the definition of an entertainment home gateway is still emerging, conceptually, it will serve as the pivotal point between public and home networks. It will connect the public packet network to the residential network. Incoming broadband data may be delivered via cable or DSL modem but in all cases will pass through the entertainment home gateway. Most likely implemented as a single box, the entertainment gateway will route the data, audio and video via a wired or wireless connection to a client product, such as a telephone, PC, TV, VCR or game console. The gateway server is also responsible for secure routing and switching, including content protection.

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To: DELT1970 who wrote (824)11/21/2002 11:39:35 AM
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Nice move for SIGM off the $2.25 level. Two MPEG-4 DVD players will hit the market in time for Christmas. They are selling well in Europe.

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To: DELT1970 who wrote (825)11/27/2002 1:01:45 PM
From: DELT1970
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In the battle with the PC over controlling the digital hub of the home, Sigma's at the heart of the first entry product for the job. This is the vision Zoran has and which they articulated in a debate at COMDEX with Apple and Microsoft.

kissnordic.dk

Sigma's Q report and CC yesterday should be reviewed and MPEG-4 researched.

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To: DELT1970 who wrote (826)11/28/2002 10:33:26 AM
From: DELT1970
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The licensing problem over the use of MPED-4 has been solved--for $$$, of course.
personal.news.yahoo.com

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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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