Intel, LG Electronics, Panasonic, Philips Electronics, Samsung, Silicon Image, Sony and Toshiba have joined together to form the WirelessHD Consortium dedicated to providing a unified standard, based on the 60 GHz spectrum, for multi-gigabit wireless connectivity for consumer electronics, personal computing and mobile devices. The WirelessHD Consortium is a special interest group that came together to create the industry’s first technical specification for multi-gigabit-per-second wireless transmission of high quality, lossless high-definition (HD) video, multi-channel audio, and data for consumer electronics, PC and portable products. The WirelessHD specification has been available since January 2008 and includes the following attributes:
- Employs 60 GHz millimeter wave technology, which has the available bandwidth for the multi-gigabit data rates required to wirelessly stream lossless HD video, audio and data
- Built from the ground up to handle complex A/V multimedia content but can also transmit data
- Provides low power options for portable devices
- Enables low-cost products for consumers
- Provides a high-quality viewing experience
- And is supported by global CE and PC manufacturers to ensure interoperability among many devices
WirelessHD Promoter companies have historically been responsible for creating the world’s most successful CE and data networking standards. For end-users, elimination of cables for audio and video dramatically simplifies home theater system installation and eliminates the traditional need to locate source devices in the proximity of the display. Also, the technology will support the development of adapter solutions that will be capable of supporting legacy systems.
The WirelessHD specification has been architected and optimized for wireless display connectivity, achieving in its first generation implementation high-speed rates up to 10 Gbps at ten meters for the consumer electronics, personal computing and portable device products. Its core technology, based on the 60 GHz millimeter wave frequency band, promotes theoretical data rates as high as 28 Gbps, permitting it to scale to higher resolutions, color depth, and range.
Finally, with WirelessHD technology, consumers can easily create a wireless video area network (WVAN) by just ‘flipping a switch,’ and turning on their device. The intelligent device control system automatically discovers each device in the WirelessHD network and may be controlled by a standard remote control.