Z-Wave Alliance Congratulates Sigma Designs on Introduction of Z-Wave Next Gen Platform

Z-Wave Alliance Congratulates Sigma Designs on Introduction of Z-Wave Next Gen 
New Chipset Series Offers Greater Power, Memory and Efficiency,
Creates Dramatic New Possibilities for Z-Wave Ecosystem 
MILPITAS, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 03/27/13 --  The Z-Wave Alliance, a
consortium of global companies that oversees the world's largest
interoperable ecosystem for wireless home control products and
services, is pleased to congratulate member company Sigma Designs on
the introduction of the company's next-generation Z-Wave platform.
The new product portfolio from Sigma Designs enables Z-Wave
manufacturers and Smart Home service providers to bring new products
to market substantially faster and at lower cost, with customizable
reference designs and new hardware featuring higher performance and
more memory. 
"We applaud Sigma Designs for this outstanding technical
achievement," said Mark Walters, Chairman of the Z-Wave Alliance.
"The new Series 500 chip platform offers substantial advantages that
are completely in step with today's expanding Smart Home needs and
tomorrow's. The new Series will lead to stronger products and new
applications, and will make it easier for companies to put their
products and services into Z-Wave ecosystem." 
The next-generation Z-Wave product portfolio from Sigma Designs
provides important new advantages for OEMs, developers, service
providers and end users. Most notably, the new Series 500 SoC and
module products represent a significant technical leap forward. The
series features data rates up to 100kbs, frequency agility, four
times more flash memory than the existing platform, and extended RF
range performance. At the same time, the design consumes even less
power than the previous generation chips, providing for industry
leading battery life in products that make use of these features. The
Series does all this while maintaining full backward interoperability
with current generation designs. Says Walters, "These are the
advanced features the Z-Wave community has been waiting for and will
immediately lead to new and exciting products." 
In addition to the performance gains afforded by the new Series 500
SoC and module hardware, the Sigma Designs Next-Gen platform also
includes both a new Z/IP feature and the ZIPR 
Gateway. The former is
a software engine that transforms IP protocol commands into Z-Wave
commands and vice versa. The latter is a reference design for a very
inexpensive gateway that can present any Z-Wave device as an IP
device, with an IP address and all IP services. These breakthrough
features will further solidify Z-Wave's position as a key enabling
technology behind the Internet of Things (IoT). 
For more information on Sigma Designs' Z-Wave Next Gen Platform,
please visit www.sigmadesigns.com/zwavenextgen. 
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 700 interoperable products
certified and over 200 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 info@z-wavealliance.org or visit
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 -
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
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.  
More Information:
Z-Wave Alliance
1778 McCarthy Blvd.
Milpitas, CA 95035
Mary Miller
Marketing Director
PR Agency:
Sprengel & Partner GmbH
Nisterstrasse 3
56472 Nisterau
Fabian Sprengel
Tel.: +49 (26 61) 912 600
Fax: +49 (26 61) 912 6013
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