NVIDIA is a pretty huge company, and it's becoming more monumental by the day. Having its support can make or break a product, and so it's probably causing a lot of smiles in the wireless streaming arena now that NVIDIA is tossing its weight behind Miracast. If you haven't heard that term before, fret not. The Wi-Fi Alliance is expected to launch the Miracast wireless display certification program in the coming months, and Miracast has the kind of early steam that really see it grow as a true rival to AirPlay and WiDi. The idea is to enable mobile devices to stream video and audio to HDTVs without the need for cables, or even an existing wireless network -- in other words, great for hotel room streaming.
The standard itself will be an open one, so any mobile device or display manufacturer can implement the technology. That means any Miracast-certified device can instantly stream to any Miracast-enabled display. The good news is that NVIDIA is "embracing" Miracast. According to the company: "We’re working hard to enable features like sharing photos and streaming HD movies onto HDTVs. But, we won’t stop there.
At the heart of every Tegra chip is a high-performance CPU and GPU, which means you can use Tegra to play amazing games on the big screen. We’re not just talking about flinging Angry Birds but racing a super-charged jet ski in the game Riptide THD and playing heart-pounding first-person shooter games like Shadowgun THD. You can even take mobile gaming to the next level by pairing a Tegra device with a console controller for the ultimate wireless display experience.
We’re actively working with our OEM partners and Miracast receiver vendors to bring this technology to market. Once the Wi-Fi Alliance ratifies the Miracast spec, we’ll provide more updates."
Now that NVIDIA has done the deed, one has to wonder how far ARM and Qualcomm are from joining as well.