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CES 2010: Intel Announces WiDi HD Wireless Display Tech

Gordon Kelly


CES 2010: Intel Announces WiDi HD Wireless Display Tech

Intel may well have fired its biggest shot earlier in the week when it (somewhat prematurely) announced its new Core CPUs, but it still had one development to keep us interested at CES.

Dubbed 'WiDi' it is a new (and rather cool) way of connecting a laptop to an HDTV. In essence this works using the WiFi in the laptop to communicate to an adaptor box which is connected to the television. This then streams music, photos and video direct.

Unfortunately there is one rather sizeable fly in the ointment and that is to take advantage of WiDi (for some reason) you'll need a laptop running one of Intel's new Core i7, i5 or i3 processors. Specifically the i7-620M, i5-540M, i5-520M, i5-430M, i5-330M or i3-350M which use the Intel HM57, HM55, QM57, and QS57 chipsets. On top of this is the need for Intel HD graphics (goodbye dedicated graphics) and the Intel wireless Advanced-N 6200, Advanced N + WiMax 6250 or Ultimate N6300 wireless chips.

We're not finished yet either. On the software side Intel 'My WiFi Technology' and 'Intel Wireless Display' must be installed and enabled and at present only the Windows 7 64bit operating system is compatible. Yes, that's one heck of a check list.

Should you meet all of the above (which in fairness you should with most new Core i3, i5 or i7 laptops) then you'll be able to pick up the first WiDi adaptor boxes (made by the likes of Netgear) from 17 January for $100 (UK unknown as yet) and you'll be good to go. That is, unless I have missed any other requirements...

Update: 11.01.10 Some live show floor snaps for you guys:

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