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SigmaTel Powers New SwissMemory s.beat MP3 Player

Merge the Swiss Army Knife With a Best-in-Class Digital Audio Player (February 06, 2006)

SigmaTel Inc. (NASDAQ:SGTL), a leader in mixed-signal multimedia semiconductors, today announced that its portable audio System-on-Chip (SoC) solution powers the SWISSMEMORY(TM) s.beat digital audio player from Swissbit and Victorinox, the makers of the world-renowned Swiss Army Knife. The SWISSMEMORY s.beat series of flash-based digital audio players are available in 1GB and 2GB models. Powered by the SigmaTel STMP3550, the s.beat is an all-in-one digital audio player and USB storage device incorporated into a full-metal Swiss Army Knife.

SigmaTel's portable multimedia SoC solutions provide the necessary technology, including software, hardware and third-party application support for companies like Swissbit and Victorinox to develop creative multimedia products that help them extend their brands into new markets. Through patented semiconductor solutions and software, SigmaTel's high level of integration and support allow customers to develop devices offering longest battery life, smallest form factors and lowest system design costs in the market.

The SWISSMEMORY s.beat can store data and music files and plays back MP3, WMA, WAV and OGG Vorbis digital audio files. Providing up to eight hours of playback with a rechargeable lithium polymer battery, the s.beat also has a built-in FM radio with 15 preset channels, the ability to record FM radio onto the device and a voice recorder. The s.beat also provides drag-and-drop functionality, meaning users can plug the device into any USB port and transfer files without the need for special software or a specific device driver.

The s.beat comes with a highly sensitive remote control that includes two earphone connections for parallel listening, high-quality earphones, adjustable rubber arm strap and has a high-contrast backlight LCD. The s.beat is available with the Swiss Army knife tools, including scissors, nail file/screwdriver and blade/knife or an airline-friendly flight version that does not have the tools.

SigmaTel's family of portable multimedia SoC solutions provide high-quality audio playback for portable devices such as MP3 players, portable media players, language learners, and jukeboxes. The company's solutions offer market-leading benefits, including as much as a 30% lower bill of material costs, Hi-Speed USB 2.0, up to 70 hours of battery life on a single AA battery and incredibly small form factor designs. With flexible software support and upgrade options, SigmaTel solutions offer support for MP3, WMA, ACC, WAV and OGG Vorbis audio format algorithms as well as support for Microsoft PlaysForSure version 1.2 based upon Microsoft Digital Rights Management (DRM) 10. Additionally, SigmaTel SoCs support the widest range of NAND Flash solutions on the market, including large block SLC and large block MLC Flash.

The Swiss Army Knife metal body comes with a lifetime warranty. More information about the new SWISSMEMORY s.beat digital audio player can be found at

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