Sigma Designs, the specialist in connected media platforms, has unveiled its most advanced platform reference design, enabling an experience only found in devices that are combined with networking gateways. Sigma Designs will add more fuel to the growing market of set-top-boxes by enabling these products to stream HD content from the Web, in 1080p, via networking through the AC power adapter, all in a device that fits in the palm of your hand.
“Service providers are looking for ways to cut costs while improving the consumer experience,” said Thinh Tran, chairman and CEO at Sigma Designs. “With the Sigma Ultra-Thin, telcos and cable companies, as well as any IP-based TV and Video companies, can enable users to self-install their set-top-box for dramatically reduced deployment costs. Just as importantly, this high performance solution delivers more reliable quality of service, a form factor consumers love and the biggest ecosystem of interoperable home control products to control.”
The self-installable, ultra-thin design plugs directly into AC power outlets for easy installation and uses Sigma’s a HomePlug AV with ClearPath for reliable networking over the home’s electrical wiring. With a state-of-the-art media processor, this new platform decodes multiple HD IPTV streams and connects to a HDTV through a simple HDMI connector. The new system also integrates Z-Wave RF technology for the most advanced remote control functionality. With Z-Wave, the Ultra-Thin can be placed out of sight, behind the TV or in a cabinet without affecting its functionality and can be used to control not only the TV, but also over 500 available Z-Wave devices including lighting, door locks, thermostats and more.