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Sigma Designs Integrates Microsoft Smooth Streaming Client Technology

Microsoft and Sigma Deliver Seamless Live Streaming Video to Viewers

MILPITAS, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 12/28/12 -- Sigma Designs® (NASDAQ: SIGM), a leading provider of system-on-chip (SoC) solutions for next generation intelligent home entertainment, connectivity and control devices, today announced that Microsoft's Smooth Streaming client technology has been integrated into Sigma's state-of-the-art multimedia chipset solutions to deliver seamless High Definition 1080p media content. Sigma is making Microsoft's Smooth Streaming support available through their SDK 4.0 to run on their SMP8670, SMP8672 and SMP8674 chipsets. With Microsoft's Smooth Streaming technology, Sigma's highly integrated multimedia chipsets will seamlessly provide high-quality viewing experiences for streaming video content.

"Simply put, consumers are now viewing more on-line video than ever and they demand high-definition and seamless streaming. At Sigma, we are continuing to deliver a full range of multimedia and connected living solutions to enhance consumers' viewing experience," said Mustafa Ozgen, Sigma Design's vice president and general manager of the Home Multimedia business unit. "Our customers need adaptive rate streaming technology, such as Microsoft Smooth Streaming, to ensure that they provide reliable seamless high-definition quality video streams to their end users."

Microsoft's Smooth Streaming adaptive media is a technique that changes video resolution according to the user's bandwidth and fragments content information while upholding HD resolution. OTT providers can use IIS Media Services or Windows Azure Media Services to deliver their content to Sigma's clients, giving end users the capability to watch high quality live streaming video without unpleasant artifacts. Microsoft's Smooth Streaming is available for on-demand video content and live broadcasts.

Smooth Streaming is currently available on Sigma's SMP8670, SMP8672 and SMP8674 chipsets.

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 www.sigmadesigns.com. 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.

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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 Microsoft's Smooth Streaming Technology and 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 of Microsoft's Smooth Streaming technology in general and Sigma's 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 December 6, 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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