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Buffalo Ships Networked DVD Media Player With Sigma Chip

Sigma's EM8620L Media Processor enables WMV9 video support (October 04, 2004)

Sigma Designs, a leader in digital media processing for consumer appliances, today announced that Buffalo Inc., a leading supplier of networked consumer appliances and computer peripherals, began shipments of its networked DVD media player called the LinkTheater. Based on Sigma's EM8620L media processor, this new product features support for Windows Media Video 9 (WMV9) format as well as wireless networking. The LinkTheater is a convenient multi-function product, offering all the features of an enhanced DVD player, as well as the ability to network with two or more PC networks through Buffalo's LinkStation. The LinkTheater also includes a USB 2.0 port allowing consumers to simply connect their digital cameras, USB Flash Media, PortableHDD etc. to their TVs. Using its enhanced DVD player functions, it also offers DVD video, music CD, DVD+/-R/RW or CD-R/RW support. In addition the LinkTheater is compatible with WMV9 and HD, Xvid and DivX.

Premium features include:

-- Playback of WMV9 HD file formats

-- Wireless networking using 54-Mbps wireless-LAN Ethernet (PC-P3LWG/DVD Only)

-- USB2.0 connector that supports content playback from USB hard drives or memories

With PCs becoming the media center for home entertainment, consumers have more flexibility in storing and collecting a myriad of content. As a result, networked DVD player functionality allows consumers to remotely access all the digital music, photos and video stored on their PC, in addition to normal DVD playback. Sigma media processors are designed to address this need, decoding major digital media formats and facilitating control of an embedded network device. "This announcement from Buffalo reflects the first wave of WMV9 enabled DVD players as well as a continuation of the trend toward home entertainment networks and streaming audio/video," said Ken Lowe, vice president of strategic marketing, Sigma Designs. "Consumers will have a broad selection of choices as they seek to unify their entertainment libraries from all over the home into one convenient viewing location."

The LinkTheater (PC-P3LAN/DVD) is available now at retail stores throughout Japan and retails for around JPY27,400. The LinkTheater (PC-P3LWG/DVD) will be available at retail stores in Japan starting in November and will retail for around JPY31,700.

About the EM8620L Media Processor
The EM8620L media processor from Sigma Designs provides a complete single-chip solution for next generation IP video and connected media players, featuring high definition Windows Media Video 9 support. The EM8620L offers a wide range of media processing functions for video decoding, audio decoding, and graphics processing based on REALmagic HD technology, for the highest quality image possible on high definition displays. For single-chip systems, it features an on-chip RISC processor, PCI-bus, IDE controller and additional peripheral ports for supporting other subsystems.

About Buffalo Inc.
Buffalo, Inc. (part of the Melco Group holdings) provides an expanding range of technology solutions for high-speed broadband applications as well as computer peripherals, memory, and storage drives. The company is currently investing in the development of world-class solutions for networked consumer appliances, including networked DVD players, digital media adapters, and broadband IPTV solutions. Among these developments, the company has pioneered products for worldwide use with strengthened security functions that are vital for wireless LANs, along with high-speed products that will be mainstream in the near future. Buffalo, Inc. is headquartered in Nagoya, Japan and employs nearly 400 employees worldwide.

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About Sigma Designs, Inc.
Sigma Designs (Nasdaq:SIGM) specializes in silicon-based MPEG decoding for streaming video, progressive DVD playback, and advanced digital set-top boxes. The company's award-winning REALmagic(R) Video Streaming Technology is used in both commercial and consumer applications providing highly integrated solutions for high-quality decoding of MPEG-1, MPEG-2 and MPEG-4. Headquartered in Milpitas, Calif., the company also has sales offices in China, Europe, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea and Taiwan.

For more information, please visit the company's web site at


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