Posted by Eric Huang on January 10, 2008
I watched the WirelessHD demonstration at the Panasonic Booth at CES 2008. The demo is compelling. It uses a SiBeam chipset. An HD stream is transmitted to an HD display over a distance of about 15 feet (it’s hard for me to tell in the video). In the demo that I saw, the Panasonic person stood between the display and the transmitter and the HD stream kept going. Only when standing up against the transmitter, the transmission stopped.
Apparently the Beam-Forming technology from SiBeam let’s you go around “some” obstacles. There wasn’t a way to see what the quality of the video was or detect audio/video synchronization issues. Even on the show floor, the demo is roped/railed off from close inspection (understandably).
The standard is at a release version 1.0 and has the backing of some consumer and technology leaders. Most importantly, the WirelessHD standard is working with the MPAA on content encryption this seems like a technology to watch. My only concern is that a single company has all the technology around this. We will see what happens with the organization and it’s Promoters.
WirelessHD specifications and info are available at www.WirelessHD.org.