04 January 2008

Wireless HD Standard to be showcased at CES

In the run up to CES 2008 in Las Vegas, Intel, LG Electronics, Matsushita Electric, NEC, Samsung, Sibeam, Sony and Toshiba have announced the completion of a joint wireless specification for high-definition baseband video transmission, known as WirelessHD.

WirelessHD is a wireless high definition digital interface standard operating in the unlicensed and globally available 60GHz frequency band for consumer applications. It is expected to be used for televisions, HD disc players, set-top boxes and gaming consoles.

It is based on a 4Gbit/s wireless digital interface with secure content protection technology. The specification also includes provisions for universal remote control of all WirelessHD compliant devices.

With its specification for content protection, the Motion Picture Association of America will work with the group of companies to protect film copyrights during wireless in-room transmission.

“It is imperative to foster a secure environment that protects this high-value content from rampant theft and illegal redistribution. WirelessHD has worked closely with us in meeting these critical goals, and we are encouraged by WirelessHD’s commitment to foster content protection in the wireless, digital age,” said Jim Williams, senior v-p and chief technology officer for the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA).
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WirelessHD has commenced development of its compliance program and associated test specification plan. WirelessHD is also preparing a logo usage and license program that will permit consumers to properly recognize interoperable WirelessHD products. In conjunction with this program, WirelessHD has garnered support of major test equipment manufacturers.

According to John Marshall, Chairman of WirelessHD: “This important industry initiative will change the way manufacturers develop and market devices, as well as reshape how consumers interface with these products.”

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