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World's First Nero Digital Enabled CE Devices To Be Showcased At Computex 2004

Nero Digital(TM) set to bridge the convergence between PC and Consumer Electronics with dedicated hardware support

COMPUTEX, TAIPEI, TAIWAN (June 3rd, 2004) -- Ahead Software, leaders in digital media technology and developers of the award winning Nero applications, and Ateme, today announced that Sigma Designs (Nasdaq: SIGM), a leader in digital media processing for consumer appliances, will include Nero Digital(TM) support in the Sigma EM85xx platform for next-generation DVD players and consumer electronics products.

Sigma Designs, specializing in MPEG decoding for streaming video, progressive DVD playback and advanced digital set-top boxes, will develop certified Nero Digital(TM) reference platforms based on the EM85xx family of DVD chipset solutions. Sigma Designs is a leading supplier of DVD decoding solutions and has developed a line of reliable, high quality, IC solutions that allow manufacturers to satisfy consumer demand for cutting-edge multimedia technology.

Nero Digital(TM) is the result of extensive co-development by Ahead Software, makers of Nero(TM) and one of the world leaders in video and signal processing, Ateme of France. Nero Digital(TM) is the first complete MPEG-4 solution offering the high quality MPEG-4 video coupled with the highest quality MPEG-4 audio. It provides the ability to have chapter, subtitle and 5.1 surround sound support. It's easy to see why Nero Digital(TM) is being called the world's most complete MPEG-4 video/audio compression solution.

"The substantial capabilities of Nero Digital(TM), a respected technology in the PC market, are now becoming available for use in digital consumer products, said Ken Lowe, VP of strategic marketing, Sigma Designs. "Our customers trust us to deliver solutions that support superior video and audio playback, and adding Nero Digital(TM) is another example of us fulfilling our commitments."

Nero Digital(TM) certified consumer electronics devices including portable video players, DVD players and set-top boxes, will hit the market later this year.

"Sigma Designs is uniquely positioned to provide versatile, high performance chip solutions that meet the global needs for an optimal consumer experience, said John Tafoya, VP of business development of Ahead Software, Other MPEG-4 solutions have promised a home theatre experience but lacked the MPEG-4 audio component. "We are excited to be working with Sigma Designs to bring the Nero Digital(TM) experience to Consumer Electronic manufacturers and, to consumers".

"Nero Digital(TM) brings users unmatched speed and ease of use for multimedia DVD creation on a PC. Sigma Designs chipsets enable the next generation of DVD players to read those DVDs, providing the expected playback solution for the living-room", said Marc Guillaumet, marketing director of Ateme. "Multimedia DVD creation for family entertainment is now available to everyone."

Ahead Software and Ateme provide a Nero Digital(TM) certification program. This software development kit helps third parties make their existing solutions fully compatible with Nero Digital(TM) technology. This Program was created to enable the development of Nero Digital(TM)-enabled consumer electronics products in order to meet the demand for high-quality MPEG-4 movie creation and playback. For more information on Nero Digital(TM), visit

About Ahead

Ahead Software provides the most reliable CD/DVD software applications available to serve digital media markets worldwide. Since its inception in 1995, Ahead's leading application, Nero, has built a loyal customer base of more than 140 million users world-wide.

Ahead's award-winning flagship product Nero 6 provides an all-in-one comprehensive CD/DVD burning suite. Ahead's product line also includes Nero Digital(TM) - audio/video technology, SIPPS™ - VoIP, and across - professional computer aided translation software. Ahead distributes its products globally through world's leading drive manufacturers and PC makers, as well as leading worldwide retailers, online partners, and also directly to consumers at Ahead Software AG is headquartered in Karlsbad, Germany, with its subsidiaries Ahead Software Inc. located in Glendale, California USA and Ahead Software K.K. located in Yokohama, Japan.

About Sigma Designs

Sigma Designs (Nasdaq: SIGM) specializes in silicon-based MPEG decoding for streaming video, progressive DVD playback, and advanced digital set-top boxes. Sigma's award-winning REALmagic(R) Video Technology is used in both commercial and consumer applications providing highly integrated solutions for high-quality decoding of MPEG-1, MPEG-2 and MPEG-4. Headquartered in Milpitas, Calif., Sigma also has sales offices in China, Europe, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea and Taiwan. For more information, please visit our web site at

About Ateme

Ateme is headquartered in France ( It is a world leading providers of hardware and software solutions for video and signal processing in embedded market. Ateme delivers custom services on top of its boards and algorithms. Since 2002, Ateme centers its strategy on applicative reference designs which targets the specific markets of video-security, broadcast and consumer electronics. The result to OEM is a faster product design, a shorter time to market and total costs reduction. Ateme operates worldwide thanks to its distribution network.

To license Nero Digital(TM) for embedded solutions, Consumer Electronics manufacturers should visit