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Sigma Designs, Inc.
46501 Landing Parkway
Fremont, CA 94538
Tel: (510) 770-0100
Fax: (510) 770-2640
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Sigma Designs, Inc. (Nasdaq:SIGM) has emerged as a technological leader in the advanced interactive multimedia market place, providing both chip sets and board level products for OEMs and system integrators. Sigma Designs was founded in 1982 and has its headquarters in Fremont, California.

Sigma Designs introduced the REALmagic card in 1993, the world's first affordable MPEG (Moving Picture Experts Group) playback card for the PC. It provided the capability of playing back full-screen, full-motion digital video and CD-quality stereo audio from a standard CD-ROM drive. With its hardware MPEG acceleration, it achieved a smooth 30 fps (frames per second) playback rate at full-screen resolutions, surpassing all software video playback solutions at that time, such as AVI, QuickTime, Indeo and software MPEG.

Being a pioneer in the emerging MPEG market place meant that Sigma Designs had to develop new and innovative technologies. As MPEG gained acceptance, Sigma Designs began offering its technologies in the form of chip sets. These chip sets allow manufacturers to build complete MPEG playback solutions that are 100% compatible with Open MPEG (OM-1) and the REALmagic API, giving them immediate access to hundreds of software titles Sigma Designs had nurtured.

Now Sigma Designs brings over five years of MPEG innovation and expertise to you with the introduction of the REALmagicDVD Hollywood DVD/MPEG-2 playback card. Today, Sigma Designs continues to offer a family of REALmagic MPEG playback cards to value added resellers (VARs) and corporate customers for the purpose of computer based training (CBT) and network video-on-demand applications. We have also introduced the new REALmagicDVD Hollywood MPEG-2 playback card for our OEM customers.

Expertise in the new Zoomed Video (ZV) technology has also enabled Sigma Designs to begin offering MPEG playback and video conferencing products for notebook computers. A revolutionary digital camera and PC-Card combination allows the traveling executive to communicate visually over modem or network.

Sigma Designs is unique in the sense that it is operating with all the agility and pace of a start-up company, but has the foundation and world wide reputation of a mature company. Sigma Designs products are well-known and well-respected throughout the world in terms of quality, service, and innovation.

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Target Markets
Sigma Designs chip sets are targeted toward board manufacturers and large volume OEM customers building interactive multimedia products for both business and consumer markets. The REALmagic board level product line is targeted at OEM customers and system integrators to address the exploding computer-based training, kiosks, and corporate Video-On-Demand markets.

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Services & Distribution
In addition to our Fremont headquarters, where all research and development takes place, Sigma Designs has full-service branch offices located in Hong Kong and Taiwan. These offices service their local regions in both Sales, Marketing, and Technical Support. Sigma Designs also boasts a worldwide network of well-trained manufacturing representatives to service all major manufacturing centers. Board level products are distributed through major distributors in the United States, Europe, and Asia as well as through original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), system integrators, and value-added resellers (VARs).

Sigma Designs Hong Kong
Tel: 852-2401-7388
Fax: 852-2610-2177

Sigma Designs Taiwan
Tel: 886-2-698-2066
Fax: 886-2-698-2099

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The Sigma Designs management team is made up of industry veterans with proven track records. You can meet each of them by going to the
Biographies section.

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Product Lines
Sigma Designs offers chip sets for high performance 2D and 3D graphics acceleration for PC manufacturers and add-on card makers, as well as complete MPEG-1 and MPEG-2 playback solutions for both desktop and notebook computers. Our REALmagic line of MPEG playback cards leads the industry in compatibility and performance, and continues to be a driving force behind the MPEG market place. As a pioneer in this growing market, Sigma Designs has also nurtured an extensive network of over 1,200 MPEG title developers by providing support and guidance in their development efforts. We have also assisted the production of many popular MPEG software titles and have exclusive rights to some of the most interesting MPEG titles available on the market today.

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REALmagic Chip Sets
The current line includes the following chip sets: the REALmagic PRO, the REALmagic PC-MPEG Set, the REALmagic Explorer, and the REALmagic 64/GX.

The REALmagic PRO chip set features the breakthrough REAL Overlay(tm) technology provided by the EM9000 chip, which virtually eliminates all compatibility problems with graphics controllers since it does not require the use of the VGA feature connector. REALmagic PRO is capable of supporting video playback at up to 1600 x 1200 resolution in 24-bit (16.8 million) colors. It supports vertical refresh rates of up to 85 Hz. It also features both horizontal and vertical interpolation to provide exceptionally clean and smooth display quality, even when the MPEG video is scaled to full-screen.

The REALmagic PC-MPEG Set incorporates all the features of the REALmagic PRO chip set, plus Sigma's own integrated MPEG video and audio decoder (the EM8000). This high level of integration allows OEM manufacturers to build an MPEG playback add-on card at a very low cost.

The REALmagic Explorer chip set is a leading edge product that takes advantage of the new Zoomed Video (ZV) Port technology for notebook computers. This technology gives notebook computers the ability to display full-screen, full-motion video by allowing direct access to the video memory of the graphics controller via the PCMCIA slot. With the REALmagic Explorer chip set, a full-featured MPEG playback solution can fit on a standard Type II PCMCIA PC Card, giving notebook computers an unprecedented video playback capability.

The REALmagic 64/GX is a low cost, yet high performance 2D graphics accelerator chip. The REALmagic 64/GX not only provides higher performance at a lower cost, it also incorporates advanced video filtering features to provide excellent display quality for motion video playback. Horizontal and vertical interpolation smoothes out rough edges to provide a clean and sharp video image during video playback, no matter which playback method is used. It is designed to be pin-compatible with the popular S3(r) Trio64V+(tm) chip. This allows the REALmagic 64/GX to serve as a drop-in replacement for manufacturers looking to upgrade their existing designs.

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REALmagic Board Products
Introduced in the fall of 1993, REALmagic add-on cards were the first low cost MPEG multimedia playback controllers for the PC. Today, Sigma Designs offers two MPEG playback cards targeted toward two major market segments: the home market and the corporate market. We also revolutionized the MPEG encoder market by offering the first full-function MPEG encoder for under $5,000. The REALmagic Maxima is a low cost MPEG playback card designed for today's multimedia capable home PCs. Its REAL Overlay(tm) technology makes it compatible with virtually all VGA graphics cards available on the market, and its easy installation makes it an attractive MPEG playback solution for novice users. The REALmagic Ultra has all the features of REALmagic Maxima, plus Windows PCM sound (WAV files) playback capability and TV signal output. These capabilities makes the REALmagic Ultra the ideal choice for corporate computer-based training applications, kiosks, and multimedia presentations. The REALmagic Producer is a full-function MPEG encoder. It was the first hardware MPEG encoder priced below $5,000.

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MPEG Software Titles
Sigma Designs offers an extensive library of MPEG software titles. We also own the rights to some of the most interesting and exciting interactive MPEG software titles available, including Silent Steel, a cinematic interactive movie adventure, and Opera Imaginaire, a collection of the world's favorite operas accompanied by some of the most incredible animation sequences ever created. You can browse our entire catalog of MPEG software titles on this web site.

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Biographies of the Sigma Management Team

  • Thinh Tran - Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

  • Dan Chen - Senior Vice President of Technology

  • Silvio Perich - Senior Vice President, Sales

  • Prem Talreja - Vice President, Marketing

  • Jacques Martinella - Vice President, Engineering

  • James Pio - Director of Operations

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