Profile: Sigma Designs Inc (SIGM.OQ)
26 May 2017
Sigma Designs, Inc., incorporated on January 7, 1982, is a provider of global integrated semiconductor solutions. The Company offers media platforms for use in the home entertainment and home control markets. The Company sells its products into markets, including smart television, media connectivity, set-top box and Internet of Things (IoT) devices. Set-top box products consist of connected media processors and players delivering Internet protocol (IP) streaming video, including hybrid versions of these products.
The Company's media processor product line consists of a range of functionally similar platforms that are based on integrated chips, embedded software and hardware reference designs. These integrated chips include the functions required to create a complete system solution with only the addition of memory. The integrated functions include application processing, including central processing unit (CPU), graphics processing (GPU), media processing (audio and video decoding/encoding), display processing, security management, memory control and peripheral interfaces. Its embedded software suite provides an operating environment and coordinates the real-time processing of digital video and audio content, is customizable by its customers and is interoperable with multiple standard operating systems. Its reference system designs provide a hardware implementation of the circuit board, access to its embedded software suite, and can include prototypes for customer evaluation and use.
The Company's chipsets are configured for a specific market, either smart television (Smart TV) or set-top box (STB), the latter of which includes related products, such as connected media players. Chips created for the Smart TV market obtain inputs from high definition multimedia interface (HDMI) and analog video, and provide outputs to flat panel interfaces. Chipsets created for the Set-top Box market obtain inputs from Ethernet and other broadcast interfaces, and provide output to HDMI and analog video.
Media Connectivity Controllers
The Company's media connectivity product line consists of wired home networking controller chipsets that are designed to provide connectivity solutions between various home entertainment products and incoming video streams. These products enable service providers, such as telecommunication carriers, cable operators and satellite providers, to deliver high definition television services (HDTV) and other media applications throughout the home. Its Media Connectivity solutions are based on the HomePNA (HPNA), HomePlug AV (HPAV) and G.hn standards. It designed the G.hn chipset to employ multiple input multiple output (MIMO) technology to deliver throughput with coverage in presence of high noise conditions.
Internet of Things (IoT) Devices
The Company's IoT devices product line consists of its wireless Z-Wave chips and modules. Its Z-Wave chips and modules are incorporated into devices that enable consumers to enjoy home control and automation functionality, such as home security, environmental and energy control and monitoring, within homes. Devices that include its wireless chips and modules operate on the Z-Wave mesh networking protocol. Its Z-Wave chips and the Z-Wave protocol they use to communicate commands have been built into an ecosystem of approximately 1,000 interoperable products, consisting primarily of appliances for use within the home. Its Z-Wave wireless chips utilize a low-bitrate, low-power, radio frequency (RF) communication technology that provides an interoperable platform for home automation security and monitoring solutions.
License Arrangements and Other Products
The Company is engaged in the license of its internally developed intellectual property. It also offers legacy products that are sold into prosumer and other industrial applications. It is also engaged in the sale of products, including software development kits, engineering support services for hardware and software, engineering development for customization of chipsets and other accessories.
The Company competes with Broadcom Corporation, Mediatek, MStar Semiconductor, RealTek, ST Microelectronics, Marvell Technology Group, Ltd., Qualcomm, Texas Instruments, Freescale and Silicon Lab.
Sigma Designs Inc
1778 McCarthy Blvd
MILPITAS CA 95035-7421
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