VERIZON AND SIGMA DESIGNS MAKE SMART HOME A REALITY

Anytime, Anywhere Access to Lights, Thermostats, Appliances and Monitoring Systems, via Z-Wave Control Technology, Now Available with Verizon Home Monitoring, Control

MILPITAS, CA. - OCTOBER, 11, 2011 - Sigma Designs, a worldwide leader in connected media platforms, and manufacturer of Z -Wave wireless technology, announced today that highly anticipated Verizon Home Monitoring and Control service is now available.


The new Verizon smart home service uses Sigma's award -winning Z -Wave technology within the home. The system will enable customers to lock doors remotely; see what's going on at home via networked cameras; and set, adjust and control lights, smart thermostats and appliances - - all by using a smartphone or a computer or through their FiOS TV. The solution is controlled by a gateway device that will eventually enable Internet -based connections from Android or iOS tablets. This service is available to all Verizon broadband customers.

"Verizon is breaking down the barriers between 'home' and 'away' and supporting a borderless lifestyle with the introduction of our Home Monitoring and Control services," said Eric Bruno, vice president of product development for Verizon. "With the help of Sigma's Z -Wave technology, our broadband customers now are able to control their home's energy usage and monitor their home environment regardless of whether they're at home, in the office or on the road."

For a monthly service charge, Verizon's broadband subscribers will be able to remotely monitor their homes via video, secure windows and doors, track energy usage, and remotely control lights, temperature, appliances and door locks. Consumers can chose from three different equipment packages that allow them to customize the service to their particular needs.

"If you're miles away from home when you realize that you've forgotten to lock the front door or turn off the lights, you now won't have to panic," stated Gabi Hilevitz, VP and general manager of the Home Connectivity Group at Sigma Designs. "With this new, fully integrated and customizable Z -Wave -enabled home monitoring and control service developed by Verizon, consumers have the access and capabilities they've always wanted."

Among the service features are:
• The ability to turn on and off lights, plus peer through networked cameras from remote locations;
• Energy -monitoring gadgets like smart thermostats, special adapters that control appliances, plus a sensor placed on the circuit box to measure whole -house electricity use;
• Additional devices like door locks to allow remote locking and unlocking of doors, advanced cameras that can pan and tilt or be installed outdoors, plus window and door sensors to pair with light modules that allow the light to turn on when you open the door.

Z -Wave® is the first technology to bring affordable, reliable and easy -to -use wireless control to every aspect of daily life, including home appliances, consumer electronics, healthcare, and energy use, to name just a few. Z -Wave is an award -winning, proven and interoperable wireless mesh networking technology that allows a wide array of devices in and around the home to communicate including lighting, appliances, HVAC, entertainment centers and security systems. Z -Wave brings many benefits to everyday life including remote home monitoring, home healthcare, safety and security, and energy conservation. Z -Wave certified products are currently available from leading consumer brands in more than 500 products worldwide.

Tags/Keywords: Sigma Designs, SIGM, Z -Wave, Verizon, Home -Control

About Verizon
Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE, NASDAQ:VZ), headquartered in New York, is a global leader in delivering broadband and other wireless and wire line communications services to consumer, business, government and wholesale customers. Verizon Wireless operates America's most reliable wireless network, with more than 106 million total connections nationwide. Verizon also provides converged communications, information and entertainment services over America's most advanced fiber -optic network, and delivers integrated business solutions to customers in more than 150 countries, including all of the Fortune 500. A Dow 30 company, Verizon employs a diverse workforce of nearly 196,000 and last year generated consolidated revenues of $106.6 billion. For more information, visit www.verizon.com

About Sigma Designs, Inc.
Sigma Designs, Inc. (NASDAQ: SIGM) is a world leader in connected media platforms. The company designs and builds the essential semiconductor technologies that serve as the foundation for the world's leading IPTV set -top boxes, connected media players, residential gateways, home control systems and more. For more information about Sigma Designs, please visit www.sigmadesigns.com.

Sigma Designs, Z -Wave, the Sigma Designs logo and the Z -Wave logo are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Sigma Designs, Inc. and its subsidiaries in the United States and other countries. All other trademarks mentioned herein are believed to be trademarks of their respective owners.

Safe Harbor Statement
This press release contains forward -looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, including statements about the anticipated features and benefits of Sigma's products and solutions. Actual results may vary materially due to a number of factors including, but not limited to, general economic conditions, including the rate of adoption of Z -Wave -based home -control devices or Sigma Designs processors in general. Sigma's ability to deploy and achieve market acceptance for Sigma's products in these markets, the ability of its technology to compete with other technologies or products in these emerging markets as well as other risks that are detailed from time to time in Sigma's SEC reports, including our quarterly report on Form 10 -Q as filed September 8, 2011. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward -looking statements, which speak only as of the date hereof. Sigma undertakes no obligation to publicly release or otherwise disclose the result of any revision to these forward -looking statements that may be made as a result of events or circumstances after the date hereof or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.

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