Tech Trends ’09: HDTV Unplugged

WiHD | Wednesday, April 15th, 2009 | No Comments »

Sending 1080p signals wirelessly to your HDTV is about to become a reality

With the high-def disc war now firmly in its rearview mirror, the consumer electronics industry is girding for its next skirmish: the battle to see which of the various new wireless HDMI technologies will emerge as the de facto standard.

When HDMI broke out from the pack of new digital connections back in 2004, its ability to carry both digital audio and video signals on a single cable promised to rid homes of cable clutter caused by the various interconnects stretching between source components, receivers, and video displays. But with ultra-slim flat-panel TVs making an aesthetic statement as much as a technological one, apparently even a single cable is one too many. While companies have been playing with various wireless video technologies for half a decade, this past Consumer Electronics Show was jam-packed with announcements that products capable of wirelessly transmitting a high-def signal will be available starting this summer. Leading the charge are four technologies: Wireless Home Digital Interface (WHDI), WirelessHD (WiHD), Ultra-Wideband (UWB), and 802.11n.

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