Asus Integrates SiBEAM WirelessHD Into G73JW And G53 Notebooks

We recently wrapped up a review of one of Asus' hottest new mobile gaming monsters, the G73Jh. Change a single letter in that model name, and you're looking at a machine that is equipped with native WirelessHD integration, which will certainly rival Intel's own WiDi implementations in the months to come. SiBEAM and Asus jointly announced that the two would be integrating WirelessHD into a pair of Asus' notebooks, with the G73JW and G53 being the first.

WirelessHD is a growing protocol that enables high-definition signals to be sent over the air, without wires, from a device to a display. A common use is to send Blu-ray signals directly to an HDTV without an HDMI cable, but having the technology integrated into a laptop makes even more sense. Users who stumble upon a nice YouTube HD clip while surfing on the couch can then display it on the living room television for all to see with just a button press. And since SiBEAM's technology is integrated into these laptops, no USB dongle is necessary.

These two machines are the world's first to feature the technology, and SiBEAM claims that they can transmit high-quality, uncompressed 1080p/60 video in "latency free" fashion. The signals are transmitted in the infrequently used 60GHz band, so interference is a non-issue. Both machines will be available this Fall to the public, but pricing has not yet been announced.

ASUS is incorporating SiBEAM’s WirelessHD technology in its new notebook PCs including the G73JW and the G53. Ideal for gaming, these models will provide consumers with a latency-free gaming experience with perfect video quality, as SiBEAM’s WirelessHD technology is the only wireless display solution on the market that provides a lossless and uncompressed video connection. The addition of the technology will enable consumers to use the notebook with the HD television while at home or play games on the notebook while on the road. By operating in the 60GHz frequency band, the new products will not experience any interference with WiFi, cordless phones, or other wireless technologies, but rather permit simultaneous usage of these other wireless devices for Internet access and home networking.

“ASUS is proud to be the first company to introduce a notebook PC enabled with WirelessHD. ASUS has a long-standing history of listening to customers and then identifying technology to meet those needs,” said Mr. P.C. Wang, Corporate Vice President & General Manager Notebook Business Unit from ASUS. “Having considered the needs of our customers, it’s clear that there is a compelling proposition for connecting a notebook PC to a high definition display for gaming and entertainment. Given that consumers are increasingly using ASUS PCs for entertainment applications, connectivity to a wireless display becomes valuable. Having evaluated the range of wireless display options available, the WirelessHD solution and wireless chips from SiBEAM were most appealing to ASUS. Given that the leading provider of WirelessHD technology is SiBEAM, we were delighted to partner with them in bringing the first notebook PC to market with their support.”

“SiBEAM is delighted to collaborate with ASUS in the introduction of their WirelessHD notebook PCs. ASUS is a leading manufacturer of notebook PCs and this launch reinforces that leadership position,” said John LeMoncheck, president and CEO of SiBEAM, Inc. “As the WirelessHD entertainment experience expands from adapters to televisions to BD players to set-top boxes and now to portable devices including the notebook PC, the value of WirelessHD networks for consumers grows. This launch by ASUS not only represents the first notebook PC, but also the first portable devices to include WirelessHD, emphasizing the viability of 60GHz for portable entertainment platforms. There is clear value to the consumer in being able to connect their entertainment devices wirelessly to displays so that they can enjoy the content from their PC on the television wirelessly. SiBEAM is happy to support ASUS in such market expanding activities.”