Comtrend Selects Sigma Designs Next Generation Chipset

PowerGrid 9051s with CG5200 Chipset Offers Carrier Grade Distribution of Triple Play and IPTV Over All Existing Wires

CES Las Vegas and Irvine, Calif. January 2013— Comtrend, a global supplier of advanced networking solutions, in partnership with Sigma Designs® (NASDAQ: SIGM), a leading provider of system-on-chip (SoC) solutions for home entertainment, connectivity and converging multimedia delivery, today announced the launch of Comtrend’s new PowerGrid 9051s. Powered by Sigma Design’s new CG5200 chipset, the PowerGrid 9051s enables a complete self-install home entertainment network for the distribution of Triple Play and IPTV over existing in-home power line, coax and phone line wires. Complying with the latest MIMO standard, the PowerGrid 9051s improves coverage and throughput over power line even through surge protected power strips and multiple phases.
Comtrend’s PowerGrid 9051s with CG5200 is a perfect solution for carrier grade self-installable in-home distribution of rich content over a power line grid. The PowerGrid 9051s comes pre-configured for plug-and-play home networking and it features high throughput, support for network and device level QoS, advanced encryption algorithms for safeguarding the network integrity, and remote management capabilities complying with TR069.
“Sigma Designs is a strategic partner for Comtrend and our Home Networking product portfolio,” says Frank Chuang, Comtrend’s Vice President of Marketing. “The CG5200 chipset is one of the most technically superior solutions on the market, giving our PowerGrid 9051s the necessary competitive advantage for the demands of video. This partnership will continue our mutual growth in the global market of Home Entertainment.”

The PowerGrid 9051s includes:

  • Whole home coverage utilizing all existing wires: coax, phone line and power line.
  • Optimization for IPTV and multicast systems for video and audio traffic
  • Support for TR069 remote management and monitoring
  • Guaranteed reliable performance and user experience
  • PHY rate up to 1 Gbps per medium
  • MIMO over power line – extending coverage, improving the network’s robustness
  • Smooth and seamless migration from HomePNA to over coax
  • Compliant with ITU-T standards (G.9960/1/2/3/4)
  • Low power consumption

“We are extremely delighted to have Comtrend select our second generation chipset for their newest and most advanced power line adaptor. The CG5200 was built with considerations around service providers’ and consumers’ challenges in mind,” said Gabi Hilevitz, Sigma Designs’ vice president and general manager Home Connectivity business unit. “Comtrend is an experienced networking equipment manufacturer, and their selection of our CG5200 family of chipset for their next generation products is an expression of confidence in Sigma Design’s technological leadership in this area. Our partnership and collaboration provides again a winning solution for service providers and customers alike.”

Sigma Designs will showcase Comtrend’s PowerGrid 9051s at the 2013 Consumer
Electronics Show, January 8 – 11, in Suite 2919 at the Las Vegas Hotel. Sigma Designs’ CG5200
Will also be showcased in the HomeGrid Forum’s Booth No 21906 (South Hall 1, Ground Level)

About Comtrend
Founded in 1990, Comtrend has become one of the leading global providers of advanced networking solutions. Totaling more than 20 million CPE and new software services, Comtrend is the technology partner of choice for carriers worldwide. Comtrend designs, manufactures, and markets a wide range of networking equipment consisting of bonded DSL, both ADSL2+ and VDSL2, as well as GPON, STBs, VOIP and home networking technologies. Bringing value to consumers through our service provider customers across the world, Comtrend is committed to industry standards, interoperability and market-leading performance. Comtrend’s vision is to bring people together with technology through a focus on innovation and superior service. The company has its North American headquarters in Irvine, California. For more information please visit

About Sigma Designs
Sigma Designs, Inc. (NASDAQ: SIGM) is a world leader in connected media platforms. The company designs and builds the essential semiconductor technologies that serve as the foundation for the world’s leading IPTV set-top boxes, DTV, connected media players, residential gateways, home control systems and more. For more information about Sigma Designs, please visit
Sigma Designs, Secure Media Processor, and the Sigma Designs logo are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Sigma Designs, Inc. and its subsidiaries in the United States and other countries. All other trademarks mentioned herein are believed to be trademarks of their respective owners.

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 and solutions. Actual results may vary materially due to a number of factors including, but not limited to, general economic conditions, including the rate of adoption for set top boxes in general and Sigma’s CG5200 media processors, Sigma’s ability to deploy and achieve market acceptance for Sigma’s products in its target markets, the ability of its SoCs to compete with other technologies or products in these markets as well as other risks that are detailed from time to time in Sigma’s SEC reports, including its quarterly report on Form 10-Q as filed June 7, 2012. 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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