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The Full Web and AJAX on a Chip for TV: The Opera browser is now pre-ported to Sigma's SMP8630 chipsets

January 5, 2006

Oslo, Norway - January 05, 2006


Opera Software, a global leader in Web browsertechnologies, today announced its partnership with Sigma Designs (Nasdaq: SIGM),leader in digital media processing for consumer electronics. The Opera Web browserwill be available pre-ported to Sigma's SMP8630 family of chipsets, and available tomanufacturers in the Opera 8.5 SDK (Software Development Kit) for Devices (TM). Thispartnership accelerates time-to-market for OEMs that are including a Web browser ontheir Sigma-powered devices.


Sigma, a leading provider of powerful system-on-a-chip solutions, enables powerful,cost effective products for the advanced requirements of devices such as digital mediaadapters, IPTV set-top boxes and networked DVD players. OEMs including Sigma'sSMP8630 family of chipsets in their products will now be able to easily add the full-featured and small-sized Opera Internet browser for a fast Internet surfingexperience from their devices. Using open Web standards, Opera allows for easyportability and accelerates the pace for developing dynamic user interfaces andcutting-edge Web applications.


"The combination of Sigma and Opera enables the rapid creation of compelling newdevices that can take advantage of the power of the full Internet and Webapplications," says Scott Hedrick, Executive Vice President, Opera Software. "I amexcited to collaborate with Sigma to enable the best end user experiences for IPTVset-top boxes, DVRs, Blue-ray & HD DVD players and other digital consumer electronicsdevices."


"With an increasing number of our customer devices requiring full Web browsing andthe ability to run web-based user interfaces, Opera is natural partner for SigmaDesigns," says Ken Lowe, VP of strategic marketing, Sigma Designs. "At Sigma we arefocused on producing exciting products that enable the best user experience, andOpera is complementary in that it provides users a fast and full-featured Internetexperience."



The Opera 8.5 SDK will include support for Sigma in Q1 2006.


About Opera for Devices

Opera provides and optimized implementation of Internet technologies for digital TVand other consumer electronics devices, with innovative and powerful features thatseamlessly adapt the Internet experience to suit varying screen sizes and inputdevices. In addition to being a full Internet browser, Opera is an executionenvironment for Web applications and dynamic user interfaces based on interoperableopen Web technologies such as AJAX. Learn more about Opera for Devices.

About Sigma Designs, Inc.

Sigma Designs (Nasdaq: SIGM) specializes in silicon-based MPEG decoding for streamingvideo, progressive DVD playback, and advanced digital set-top boxes. The company'saward-winning REALmagicĀ© Video Streaming Technology is used in both commercial andconsumer applications providing highly integrated solutions for high-quality decodingof MPEG-1, MPEG-2 and MPEG-4. Headquartered in Milpitas, Calif., the company also hassales offices in China, Europe, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea and Taiwan. For moreinformation, please visit the company's web site at

REALmagic and Sigma Designs are registered trademarks of Sigma Designs. All otherproducts and companies referred to herein are trademarks or registered trademarks oftheir respective companies.

About Opera

Opera enables more than 350 million internet consumers worldwide to connect with the content and services that matter most to them. Opera also helps publishers monetize their content through advertising and advertisers reach the audiences that build value for their businesses, capitalizing on a global consumer audience reach that exceeds 1 billion.

Opera is a trademark of Opera Software AS.