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Sigma Designs Broadens 3D Capabilities with Added Support for TDVision System’s Full HD Stereoscopic Video Decoding Technology
Award-Winning and Standardized 3D Format from TDVision Broadens Capabilities of Sigma Media Processors
MILPITAS, Calif.–Sigma Designs (NASDAQ:SIGM), a leading provider of System-on-Chip (SoC) solutions used to deliver entertainment and control throughout the home, and TDVision Systems, the leader in Full HD 3D to the home technologies, today announced that Sigma is the first chip company to publicly support TDVision System’s Full HD stereoscopic video decoding technology. Sigma’s next generation advanced media processors will support the award winning 2D+Delta stereoscopic decoding system by TDVision.
“The 3D market is growing and Sigma is best positioned to capitalize on this growth,” said David Lynch, vice president and general manager, Media Processor Division at Sigma. “By integrating TDVision’s technology into our media processors, we are enabling full HD 3D decoding over IPTV, satellite, cable and over-the-air devices.”
TDVision’s 2D+Delta system consists of different profiles to best fit the transmission pipeline available. These profiles include the basic Multiview Video Coding (MVC) standard, advanced profiles for high-bandwidth savings, and hybrid implementations for full MPEG-2 legacy support.
The 2D+Delta format is a key part of the MVC codec (ISO/IEC 14496-10:2008, Amendment 1), an extension to the ITU-T H.264 Advanced Video Coding (AVC) adopted by the Blu-ray Disc Association as the “Blu-ray 3DTM” specification.
“The industry is moving from half resolution Frame-Compatible interim formats, to our Service-Compatible and full HD 3D solutions. Implementing TDVision’s 2D+Delta system on the highly optimized Sigma media processors allows service and content providers to enable new 3D users with the best quality 3D HD video, optimizing the bandwidth used for transmission while retaining full compatibility with the current installed base of legacy 2D users in HD. We understand that quality and compatibility are key to succeed in the home, so we must not preclude the entire existing 2D installed base.” Said Manuel R. Gutierrez-Novelo, CEO & President of TDVision.
About Sigma Designs, Inc.
Sigma Designs is a leading fabless semiconductor provider of highly integrated system-on-chip (SoC) solutions that are used to deliver entertainment and control throughout the home. SoC solutions include media processing, wired and wireless networking, video image processing, and home control along with system software to form the critical components of consumer electronic products that include Internet protocol TV (IPTV) set-top boxes, Blu-ray players, high definition televisions (HDTV), and media communication devices. Headquartered in Milpitas, Calif., Sigma Designs has direct sales representatives in the United States, Brazil, China, Europe (Denmark), Israel, Japan, Taiwan and a third-party distributor in Korea. For more information, please visit Sigma Designs’ web site at www.sigmadesigns.com.
TDVision Systems, Inc. is the inventor of several stereoscopic related technologies now recognized as part of different standard stereoscopic platforms and Standardized by ISO. TDVision’s technology allows the acquisition, encoding, deployment, decoding and visualization of stereoscopic 3D HD video streams and computer-generated content within the 3D Ecosystem. TDVision’s solutions are based on firmware and software changes to enable true 3D HD on current infrastructures. These solutions are display agnostic, and allow 2D legacy compatibility with existing infrastructures while optimizing the bandwidth needed to deploy the stereoscopic video stream.