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Sigma Designs Launches Latest High-Performance Z-Wave Transceivers Into Volume Production

Newest Member of 500 Series Platform Powers Smart Devices, Z-Wave and IoT in a Multitude of Applications

MILPITAS, CA -- (Marketwired) -- 05/15/14 -- Sigma Designs® (NASDAQ: SIGM), a leading provider of System-on-Chip (SoC) solutions for home entertainment, control, connectivity and converging multimedia delivery, has launched its latest RF transceiver module, the ZM5101 into volume production. The ZM5101 is a cornerstone of Sigma Designs' 500 Series family of short range, narrow-band transceivers, which represent the latest evolution of the award-winning Z-Wave® communications standard.

The state-of-the-art ZM5101 SoC provides a fully compliant ITU-T G.9959 communications protocol stack, combined with 256kB of flash memory, 16kB SRAM and an 8 bit microcontroller. The ZM5101 has set a new industry benchmark for low-power operation, and is ideal for short range, narrow-band RF communications. The ZM5101 is the flagship product of Sigma Designs' 500 Series line up. It offers the smallest footprint in the industry with the maximum GPIO count, on-board AES 128-bit security engine, a learning IR engine with 128 key keyscan controller, and full speed USB support. The module is an ideal platform for smart devices, IoT applications, and IR/RF controls.

"Sigma Designs' 500 Series family of low-cost, high-performance RF communications platforms will set new industry standards in ease-of-use, level of integration, power economy and RF performance," said Raoul Wijgergangs, Vice President of Sigma Designs' Z-Wave Business Line. "The Z-Wave communications standard is already adopted by over 250 companies and found in over 1000 different interoperable wireless control products worldwide. We expect that the 500 Series family of Z-Wave SoC's, including the recently launched ZM5101, will be extremely well-received throughout the many markets that span Home Control and the Internet of Things."

"We are very excited to see this new RF transceiver platform come to market," said Mark Walters, Chairman of the Z-Wave Alliance. "The ZM5101 makes it very easy and cost effective to build Z-Wave products with rich features such as IR, keypads, lots of I/O, USB and the complete set of Z-Wave Plus protocol enhancements. The ZM5101 complements the other excellent platforms in the 500 Series family from Sigma Designs."

Now in volume production, the ZM5101 supports all regional frequencies and modes of operation for Z-Wave worldwide, and is pin-to-pin compatible with its predecessor, the ZM4101. The ZM5101 provides hardware-assisted frequency agility, which enables the module to switch away from a noisy communications channel without incurring overhead in either communication or software. The extremely low sleep current of the ZM501 effectively doubles battery life of smart devices relative to its already industry leading Z-Wave predecessors, opening new possibilities in IoT deployments.

For complete information on the ZM5101 and other Sigma Designs' industry-leading 500 Series RF transceiver platforms, please visit:
z-wave.sigmadesigns.com/products

About Sigma Designs, Inc.
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.

About Z-Wave Technology:
Z-Wave is an international wireless standard for intelligent, interoperable, low-power, RF mesh networking technology. This powerful smart chip and compact protocol enable two-way RF communications amongst Z-Wave enabled devices, thus allowing products and services from multiple manufacturers to work seamlessly. Z-Wave continues to be the technology of choice for industry leaders representing: Home Automation, Remote Home/Health Monitoring, Home Entertainment, Smart Home Control, Energy Management and Connected Home Services. Z-Wave enabled products represent the world's largest ecosystem of interoperable smart products -- www.z-wave.com.

About The Z-Wave Alliance:
Established in 2005, the Z-Wave Alliance is an open consortium of leading companies worldwide dedicated to delivering affordable, reliable easy-to-use, wireless home control products and services. With more than 1000 interoperable products certified and over 250 members, the Alliance represents the largest ecosystem of wireless control products in existence and the global, brand-recognized companies that bring these products and services to market. The Alliance supports its members with marketing, networking, technical forums, training, best practices, test and certification tools and a complete interoperability lab. For more information on or to join the Alliance, please email [email protected] or visit www.z-wavealliance.org.

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 of Sigma's ZM5101 RF transceiver module, 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 12, 2013. 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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