Samsung's New Home Theater-in-a-Box (HTiB) Powered by Sigma Designs

Friday, December 14th, 2007
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New Samsung HT-BD2 First Home Theater to Combine Blu-ray and Sound System

MILPITAS, Calif. — Sigma Designs (Nasdaq:SIGM), a leading provider of highly integrated system-on-a-chip (SoC) solutions, today announced that its highly integrated SMP8634 media processor was selected by Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. to power its new HT-BD2 home theater-in-a-box (HTiB), the first home theater product to combine a Blu-ray player and sound system into one product offering.

“Our innovative home theater-in-a-box is the first to combine a Blu-ray player and sound system in one and consumers can now enjoy the full HD 1080p cinematic video quality of a Samsung Blu-ray disc player with an immersive audio experience that takes watching movies to a whole new level,” said Mr. M. S. Bang, Vice President, Digital AV Division, Samsung Electronics. “We selected to use Sigma’s SMP8634 chip as it enables everything our home theater enthusiast customers demand, specifically the highest quality in picture and sound.”

Samsung’s HT-BD2 HTiB delivers full HD 1080p cinematic video quality with an immersive audio experience. It includes a HT-BD2 7.1 channel HD receiver speaker system that supports Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master bitstream audio format for richer, deep and powerful sound. Its Blu-ray player, powered by a Sigma SoC, offers full compatibility with 24 movie frames per second playback reproducing movies in their native format. As a majority of movies are filmed at 24 frames per second, the HT-BD2 is able to playback movies in their native format, reducing unwanted artifacts. The HT-BD2 is also compatible with many of today’s HDTVs.

“Sigma is excited to participate in this innovative HTiB product category with Samsung,” said Ken Lowe, vice president of strategic marketing at Sigma Designs. “The SMP8634 is the basis for a large number of leading edge consumer products and its features and performance were a natural fit for the HTiB.”