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WiGig Rival WirelessHD Ups Stakes With Specification 1.1

Gordon Kelly


WiGig Rival WirelessHD Ups Stakes With Specification 1.1

While the momentum behind potential WiFi standard Wigig looks virtually unstoppable, it has a rival (of sorts) who is also making major moves...

WirelessHD has announced the availability of v1.1 (renamed from the more confusing WirelessHD 2.0 we saw at CES in January) and brings with it performance optimisation, support for common industry 3D formats and 4K resolutions (over 4096 pixels horizontally compared to 1920 in 1080p), reduced power requirements and HDCP 2.0 content protection.

As you might have guessed by this feature list WirelessHD isn’t exactly next generation WiFi akin to WiGig, but is instead more focused on home entertainment systems and replacing the need for HDMI cables. It is also more restrictive in range preferring line of sight connections, but is happy with NLOS (non line of sight) distances of up to 10m.

Despite this I say "rival of sorts" because like WiGig it uses the same 60GHz band and whereas WiGig can reach a theoretical maximum up to an incredible seven gigabits per second, WirelessHD can top out at up to 28 gigabits per second. Mind blowing.

So are we about to get caught up in a format war since - despite different emphasis - the two do seem to overlap? Hopefully no, because 60GHz innovator SiBEAM has also today announced the industry's first dual mode WirelessHD/WiGig chipset meaning both can happily co-exist and stick to their specialities. The chipset is availability immediately to manufacturers and SiBEAM will be hoping for widespread adoption in the latest home cinema products from its partners which include Panasonic, LG, Sony and Toshiba.

So will we...





May 11, 2010, 2:55 pm

Re: the comments on the 10TB hard drives...

You can never have enough Wireless bandwidth goodness either!

Charm El Snake

May 11, 2010, 3:59 pm

This is one more piece in the jigsaw puzzle that is my ultimate AV setup.

Most of the depth of a TV is taken up by the tuner and AV ports. We now have the capability to make ultra-thin TVs which are basically just monitors. All the AV sources (tuners, DVDs, USB ports, internet connections) could be from any manufacturer and could be routed through a WirelessHD AV box (maybe integrated into an AV amp) that could transmit to the TV.

Suddenly a 3mm deep OLED large screen seems possible.


May 11, 2010, 4:49 pm

@Charm - particularly if the manufacturers stopped insisting on putting built in speakers on all their models...!

(Who actually buys a £1k+ flat screen and doesn't use a separate sound system anyway?)


May 11, 2010, 9:18 pm

Yeah but Charm and Dan, you're not thinking about the other side of the market who just want a low-to-mid end 26-37" model, who want a decent all-round telly, with no intention of adding an audio setup, but where price-points get pretty high, while the overall quality of built-in-sound just degrades further each year. Time was you bought a TV and decent sound was part of the package. Now TVs are, as you say, just monitors, and so you're really paying more for only one half the experience.


May 12, 2010, 4:58 pm

@GoldenGuy - I'm agreeing with you. TV's sub£1k should be complete with 'decent' on board sound. However, higher spec TV's over £1k are most likely to appeal to those consumers with surround sound / seperate audio and so the cost/space/functionality is a waste and never used. For these needs a 'monitor' style market is far more matched to the needs, and yet none of the manufactures really do this.

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