"As an industry leader, SigmaTel is offering Wi-Fi connectivity as a strategic feature for multimedia players," said Phil Pompa, Interim Chief Executive Officer of SigmaTel. "We have worked with Conexant, a leading Wi-Fi semiconductor provider, to offer a complete Wi-Fi reference solution that includes our STMP3600 portable SoC product line. Our goal is to allow our customers to expand their multimedia capabilities for the consumer electronics market."
Wi-Fi technology enables multiple consumer applications including media sharing and downloading without connecting to a PC, Internet radio streaming, web browsing, text messaging and VoIP. SigmaTel's SDK (Software Development Kit) is bundled with Conexant's low-power, wireless networking technology to provide a complete Wi-Fi solution .
"Demand for Wi-Fi enabled products such as media players is on the rise, however consumers aren't willing to sacrifice performance or battery life," said Chee Kwan, senior vice president and general manager of Conexant's Wireless Networking business. "We specifically designed our chip for battery-sensitive hand-held products, and our collaboration with SigmaTel is taking this a step further. Our jointly developed reference design provides manufacturers with a low-power, feature-rich solution that allows them to shorten product design-cycles, and more quickly capitalize on this emerging market opportunity."
Excelpoint Systems (a subsidiary of Excelpoint Technology Ltd), a design house for SigmaTel, offers a complete, ready-to-market, reference design for portable Wi-Fi enabled multimedia solution.
"In collaboration with SigmaTel, Excelpoint provides a one-stop, ready-to-manufacture package that includes schematics, Gerber data, firmware with QA test report, wireless qualification testing support, and production test software," said Mr. Albert Phuay, chairman and group CEO of Excelpoint Technology Ltd. "We can offer leading OEM/ODMs the competitive advantage to produce an innovative wireless digital media product within two months."
Bluetooth technology adoption in the consumer electronics market continues to grow as more handsets, headsets, and other accessories incorporate wireless PAN capabilities. SigmaTel offers Bluetooth support within its SDK, enabling new features such as streaming stereo audio and file transfers for portable multimedia players.
"In cooperation with LiteOn, we're now introducing our STMP3600 reference platform with Bluetooth connectivity," said Mr. Pompa. Bluetooth technology enables connectivity to the growing market of wireless Bluetooth accessories and peripherals."
"The synergy of Lite-On and SigmaTel will move Bluetooth products to a new stage," said Jane Chiu, Product Marketing Manger at Lite-On. "Lite-On provides and 'one-stop shopping' service to add our customers value in today's competitive market."
SigmaTel delivers FM Tuner functionality with the STFM1000, a companion processor for SigmaTel's STMP3500 and STMP3600 families of SoC portable multimedia solutions. The STFM1000 provides an optimized radio architecture and support for U.S., Europe, Japan and Asia FM bands.
In an agreement with Frontier Silicon, SigmaTel offers a DAB (Digital Audio Broadcasting) fully featured MP3 player reference platform. The platform brings together Frontier Silicon's Naples FS 2011 miniature tri-band DAB/FM digital radio module and SigmaTel's STMP3500 series SoC to provide consumer electronics manufacturers with a customizable, ready to manufacture solution for combined DAB/FM/MP3 handheld players with voice recording capability.
For technology demonstrations, please visit CES SigmaTel booth #35763.
For more information on SigmaTel, please visit: www.sigmatel.com.
Conexant's innovative semiconductor solutions are driving broadband communications and digital home networks worldwide. The company has leveraged its expertise and leadership position in modem technologies to enable more Internet connections than all of its competitors combined, and continues to develop highly integrated silicon solutions for broadband data and media processing networks.
Key products include client-side xDSL and cable modem solutions, home network processors, broadcast video encoders and decoders, digital set-top box components and systems solutions, and dial-up modems. Conexant's suite of networking components includes a leadership portfolio of IEEE 802.11-compliant WLAN chipsets, software and reference designs, as well as solutions for applications based on HomePlug(R) and HomePNA(TM). The company also offers a complete line of asymmetric and symmetric DSL central office solutions, which are used by service providers worldwide to deliver broadband data, voice, and video over copper telephone lines.
Conexant is a fabless semiconductor company with an annual revenue run-rate in excess of $1 billion. The company has approximately 3,200 employees worldwide, and is headquartered in Newport Beach, Calif. To learn more, please visit www.conexant.com.
About Excelpoint Technology Ltd:
Excelpoint Technology Ltd ("Excelpoint" or "the Group") is one of the region's established electronics component distributors and emerging player in the design innovation and technology development industry. Its geographic reach spans the Asia Pacific through a network of more than 30 offices across the region.
Excelpoint provides a broad spectrum of services ranging from supply of electronics components and chipsets to providing solutions integration, design turnkey applications and manufacturing memory modules and communications products. The Group caters to the needs of the telecommunications, networking, consumer electronics, computer and computer peripherals industries.
Excelpoint Technology Ltd is a public listed company on the Singapore Exchange (SGX:Excelpoint).
For more information, please visit: www.excelpoint.com
About Lite-On Technology Corporation:
Lite-On Technology Corporation is the leading optoelectronics supplier located in Taipei, Taiwan. The company was founded in 1975 and set in precedent in Taiwan LED industry. Lite-On was the first technology company to be listed on Taiwan Stock Exchange. The cutting edge products include digital display, imaging, enclosures, power supply and LED. In addition to optoelectronic components, Lite-On has actively penetrating into the realms of computer, digital home products, consumer electronics, communication products, key components and sub-systems. The excellent power of R&D and industrial design provides customers with a wide variety of product services, making Lite-On the best ODM/OEM outsourcing choice for the world class companies. Lite-On will continue to focus on its core and position for its long-term growth driver - car electronic components.
For more information, please visit: www.liteon.com
SigmaTel, Inc. a fabless semiconductor company headquartered in Austin, Texas, designs, develops, and markets proprietary, analog intensive, mixed-signal ICs for a variety of digital multimedia products in the consumer electronics and computing markets, including portable compressed audio players, such as MP3 players, digital video cameras, multi-function peripheral products, digital televisions, and set-top boxes. SigmaTel provides complete, system-level solutions that include highly-integrated ICs, customizable firmware and software, software development tools, reference designs, and applications support. The Company's focus is on providing system-level solutions that enable customers to rapidly introduce and offer electronic products that are small, light-weight, power-efficient, reliable, and cost-effective. SigmaTel is ISO 9001:2000 certified and is committed to providing customers with high performance, quality products along with superior customer service.
This press release contains forward-looking statements based on current SigmaTel expectations. The words "expect," "will," "should," "would," "anticipate," "project," "outlook," "believe," "intend," and similar phrases as they relate to SigmaTel or future events are intended to identify such forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements reflect the current views and assumptions of SigmaTel, but are subject to various risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from expectations. A number of important factors could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements, and there will be events in the future that SigmaTel is not able to accurately predict or control. Specifically, even though SigmaTel's SDK and various wireless reference designs enable the manufacture of wireless products which incorporate SigmaTel's SoCs, there is no guarantee that companies will actually manufacture products based on these SDKs and/or designs. For a discussion of factors that could impact SigmaTel's financial results and cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements, please refer to recent SigmaTel filings with the SEC, particularly the form 10-K that was filed on February 24, 2006, and the form 10-Q filed on August 9, 2006.
SigmaTel is a registered trademark of SigmaTel, Inc. All other products and brand names as they appear in this release are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders. All specifications may be changed without notice.
Bob Gray, 512-381-3931