Sigma Designs licenses ARM Mali-400 MP graphics IP

Thursday, January 9th, 2014 
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Sigma Designs Enhances User Experience in the Digital Home

MILPITAS, CA — Sigma Designs® (NASDAQ: SIGM), a world leader in connected media platforms and the builder of essential consumer semiconductor technologies, recently announced that they have licensed the popular ARM® Mali™-400 MP for their leading range of multimedia SoCs.

The ARM Mali-400 MP is a complete 2D and 3D graphics acceleration platform which provides performance scalable up to 1080p resolution and unrivalled power and bandwidth efficiency. With this license, Sigma Designs will enhance the user experience of the digital home by enabling products with advanced and interactive user interfaces and casual gaming functionality.

The reach of the digital home continues to grow with a wide portfolio of connected Digital TVs, DMAs and hybrid Set Top Boxes now available. Consumers are now able to have a richer viewing experience with interactive broadcasts, ‘over the top’ content and rich HTML5 applications. By licensing the ARM Mali-400 MP, Sigma Designs are able to offer the performance level demanded by customers for the advanced GUIs on these devices, as well as the reduced silicon area that is required in cost-sensitive markets. In addition, by pairing the ARM Mali-400 MP with the ARM Cortex®-A9 CPU, Sigma Designs’ SoCs will have access to the vibrant Android™ Ecosystem that is optimizing applications for ARM’s CPU and GPU technologies.

“The inclusion of ARM technologies in our products will give Sigma Designs an exciting opportunity for enabling new functionality,” says Mustafa Ozgen, vice-president and general manager of Sigma Designs’ Home Multimedia business unit. “Sigma Designs’ SoCs will offer superior computing and graphics performance in addition to their already acclaimed superior multimedia performance and the ability to scale from entry-level set-top boxes to high-end digital TVs.”

“By licensing the ARM Mali-400 MP, Sigma Designs can help consumers and their families discover stunning visual displays and fresh digital experiences at home, from highly-accessible gaming to easy-to-use yet advanced and intuitive new interfaces,” said Trina Watt, Vice President, Solutions Marketing, ARM. “ARM is delighted to help Sigma Designs bring the magic of ARM Mali graphics and ARM Cortex processor technologies to many more of the world’s households.”