5 posts from June 2011
June 23, 2011 7:06 PM in SigmaDesigns | 0 comments | 0 TrackBack
Here's your chance to win an iPad! G.hn technology provider, Sigma Designs wants to improve the way they provide its customers and prospects with information and is very interested in your guidance.
Sigma Designs has asked the Marketing Leadership Council (a third-party, independent researcher), to administer a brief survey. The survey will require roughly 15 minutes of your time. Your survey responses will be used for research purposes only.
Please use the link below to complete the survey:
As a thank you for your time, upon completion of the survey, your name will be entered into a drawing for an Apple iPad. The winner will be selected at the close of the polling period, July 7.
June 21, 2011 7:06 PM | 0 comments | 0 TrackBack
Sigma Designs, the world leader in connected media platforms, has just unveiled the industry's most advanced set-top box design, enabling an experience only found in devices that are combined with networking gateways.
There's more to this set-top box than meets the eye because they Sigma's new design enable OEMs to produce products to stream high-definition content from the Web, in 1080p, via networking through the AC power adapter, all in a device so small that it fits behind consumers' TVs.
"Service providers are looking for ways to cut costs while improving the consumer experience," said Thinh Tran, chairman and CEO at Sigma Designs. "With the Sigma ultra-thin, telcos and cable companies can enable users to self-install their set top box for dramatically reduced deployment costs. Just as importantly, this high performance solution delivers more reliable quality of service, a form factor consumers' love and the biggest ecosystem of interoperable home control products to control."
Sigma Designs ultra-thin reference platform is unlike existing set-top boxes.
- This revolutionary self-installable ultra-thin design doesn't require a power cord; it plugs directly into AC power outlets for easy installation by consumers and uses Sigma's award-winning HomePlug AV with ClearPath for the most reliable networking over the home's electrical wiring. With a state-of-the-art media processor, this new platform decodes multiple HD IPTV streams and connects to a HDTV through a simple HDMI connector.
- The new system also integrates Z-Wave RF technology for the most advanced remote control functionality. With Z-Wave, the ultra-thin can be placed out of sight, behind the TV or in a cabinet without affecting its functionality and can be used to control not only the TV, but also over 500 available Z-Wave devices including the lighting, door locks, thermostats and more. This is the first design of its kind to weave together the comprehensive functionalities and necessary processing power to address most every need for the consumer to control their connected home.
Sigma Designs will make the fully integrated ultra-thin set-top box reference design available to service providers and their set-top equipment suppliers. These customers will have the advantage of quick time-to-market through these turnkey solutions, whereby they will have a single agreement and point of contact for direct support.
The new ultra-thin reference platform is the first in a series of Sigma-enabled solutions developed to support the needs of the ever evolving, feature-rich set-top box market. Its core technologies include:
** SMP8670 media processor: The Little Engine That Rocks
The SMP8670 is a new media processor targeted at thin-clients, optimized to run over-the-top application environments such as Adobe AIR for TV, Adobe Flash Player and other graphically rich environments. This new solution is 40% faster than previous Sigma thin-client solutions and dramatically improves the responsiveness of these new, advanced user interfaces. The SMP8670 is also very power efficient -- consuming 30% less power than previous versions.
** CG2110 HomePlug AV technology with ClearPath
Sigma's HomePlug AV with ClearPath is a breakthrough home networking technology that enables unprecedented, carrier-class streaming of HD video, voice and data over existing powerlines in the home. Sigma's award-winning platform uses all three wires -- phase, neutral and ground to deliver improved performance and up to twice the throughput. It is the only MIMO (multiple in, multiple out) solution currently available over powerline. Conforming to the universal HomePlug AV standard, Sigma's HomePlug AV with ClearPath has the unique ability to deliver triple play, whole-home DVR, HDTV and 3DTV to every power outlet within the home -- even within multi-phased homes, across surge protectors and through EMI filters.
** Z-Wave technology
Z-Wave is the leading technology for home control and energy management. Today, over 500 completely interoperable products worldwide from over 170 manufacturers support Z-Wave -- far more than rival technologies. The leading makers of lighting, thermostats, shade controls, door locks and more have created the broadest ecosystem of solutions. That is why ADT, Schlage, Verizon, Vivint and more all deploy home services based on Z-Wave.
With Z-Wave you'll be able to control many of your electronic devices right from your TV screen.
For more information on the new ultra-thin reference platform, please visit: http://www.responsetrack.net/lnk/sigmadesigns/1e64i/?17QES007EE4
June 11, 2011 12:06 PM in TV Guide | 0 comments | 0 TrackBack
I recently attended the MashableConnect conference in Orlando and had a chance to hear TV Guide's Christy Tanner, VP and GM of TVGuide.com and TV Guide Mobile speak about great content makes for great connections. And great connections require quality infrastructure in the home with options easily expand and attach new devices as the wired home network grows.
1. Show concepts will become more social
2. Social behavior will be more professional
3. Social entertainment will make Hollywood more digital
June 06, 2011 4:06 PM in AT&T | 0 comments | 0 TrackBack
As a U-verse customer, I'm thrilled to see that HomeGrid Forum has announced that AT&T joined the organization as a Promoter Member and was appointed to the HomeGrid Forum board of directors. Tom Starr, lead member of the Technical Staff at AT&T and a telecom industry expert, will serve as the AT&T representative on the board.
“AT&T U-verse® is a strong product offering, and with an always-evolving market, G.hn offers the potential to support and help continue expanding their services,” Theall said. “We are happy to have AT&T as a voice within our organization and look forward to their valuable contributions.”
AT&T is the latest in a line of high-profile, industry-leading organizations to collaborate on G.hn, a fully approved and complete wired home networking standard developed by the ITU-T. HomeGrid Forum brings together leading global service providers, consumer electronics manufacturers, OEM/ODMs, chipset vendors, and others interested in wired home networking who want to offer the best solution for their customers. Other board members include Marvell, Best Buy, BT, Intel, Lantiq, Sigma Designs, and Telefonica.
As a lead member of the technical staff at AT&T Labs, Starr is responsible for the development and standardization of new local access technologies for AT&T's network. Named one of the 2010 Global Telecoms Business Power 100 most powerful people, he is a well-known telecom figure who holds several dozen industry patents, is the chair of ITU-T working groups, and is chairman of the Broadband Forum.
In addition to Starr, Vernon Reed will serve as an alternate board member. Reed works as a Lead Member of Technical Staff of AT&T Labs in Austin, Texas, serving since 2004 as a Technical Lead in developing and testing AT&T’s all-IP U-verse TV service. He is a recognized authority in end-to-end content delivery using broadband access systems, computing technologies, and home network technologies applicable to the IPTV space.
June 03, 2011 12:06 PM | 0 comments | 0 TrackBack
Congratulations to Sigma Designs (NASDAQ: SIGM), that just announced that its G.hn home networking technology has been awarded Connected Home Global Summit's prestigious award for Best Enabling Product/Technology for the Connected Home.
Sigma Designs G.hn technology was selected by a panel of experts from close to a hundred technologies covering every home networking category. The Summit award recognizes and rewards products and services for their excellence, innovation and delivery on the promise of the "Connected Home."
"It's an honor to receive this prestigious award from the Connected Home Global Summit," said Gabi Hilevitz, vice president and general manager, home connectivity at Sigma Designs. "This represents recognition by the market of the important role G.hn is taking in aligning the home networking industry behind an internationally accepted unified standard. This is also recognition of Sigma Designs' long term contribution to the G.hn standardization efforts and to the leadership position we established by being first to introduce a G.hn chip in the market."
The Sigma Designs CG5110 with ClearPath Extreme(TM) (Sigma's MIMO feature over Powerline) is the only home networking solution that enables a completely self-install home entertainment network for distribution of Triple Play and IPTV over all existing wires in the home: power lines, coax and phone lines.
This high-performance solution outdelivers every wired or wireless solution running in consumer households to date. With a single chip, it runs at least 700 Mbps -- over four times faster throughput than MoCA today and 75% faster than MoCA 2. It is faster and more reliable than any wireless solution, too -- all without requiring complicated security set-ups.
Over powerlines, it delivers triple the performance of rival standards. With this level of performance, Sigma will enable service providers to easily and affordably deliver any service they are looking to implement in the coming decade, including high-definition multimedia entertainment, triple-play services, IPTV, telepresence, telemedicine, home monitoring and 3DTV.
The Connected Home Global Summit has grown to become one of the premier events where the industry's most innovative operators, broadcasters, content owners and distributors, device manufacturers, software and component manufacturers come together, to identify the technology choices and business models that will monetize the connected home.