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WirelessHD 1.0 Specification heralds new era

WirelessHD, which regroups some of the biggest names in Consumer Electronics, today announced it has completed the development of the first wireless specification for high-definition baseband video transmission and will present the format to Adopters in early 2008.

Additionally, since the October 2006 WirelessHD announcement, it has grown to include 40 Early Adopter and Promoter companies as well as technical support with regards to content protection for WirelessHD 1.0 from the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) and technical support for DTCP content protection from the Digital Transmission Licensing Administrator (DTLA).

WirelessHD or WiHD, is a wireless high definition digital interface standard operating in the unlicensed and globally available 60 GHz frequency band and represents the first consumer application of 60 GHz technology.

It is suitable for a wide range of devices including televisions, HD disc players, set-top boxes, camcorders, gaming consoles, adapter products, as well as other source devices.

Completion of the WirelessHD specification enables CE manufacturers to focus on their WirelessHD-based product development efforts.

WirelessHD’s 4 Gbps high-speed wireless digital interface and secure content protection technology ensures that future products developed based on the specification will provide consumers with a secure, quick and easy way to connect, play, transmit and port their HD content among a wide range of devices.

The specification also includes provisions for universal remote control of all WirelessHD compliant devices.

Recognizing WirelessHD’s prioritization of content protection, the Motion Picture Association of America will work with the special interest group to protect film copyrights during wireless in-room transmission.

WirelessHD has commenced development of its compliance program and associated test specification plan. WirelessHD is also preparing a logo usage and license program that will permit consumers to properly recognize interoperable WirelessHD products.

In conjunction with this program, WirelessHD has garnered support of major test equipment manufacturers.

Désiré Athow
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Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.