WHDI Wireless Streaming Comes To Tablets, HDTVs And More In 2011

2011 is still poised to be a breakout year for tablets and small mobile PCs, particularly with AMD's Fusion platform being launched alongside Intel's Sandy Bridge CPUs. But there's still another category that might just explode this year: wireless HD streaming. For years, companies have been working to perfect transmission technologies that would allow 1080p content to be delivered from a source to a display without any wires, but the solutions thus far have been extremely expensive and usually proprietary. With so many conflicting protocols on the market, it's confusing for a consumer, and many products simply refuse to talk to one another wirelessly.

AMIMON has been in this business right from the start years ago, and their WHDI technology has done nothing but gain support.  This year, the support is coming in droves. Earlier in the year, AMIMON showcased a great many products from numerous vendors with WHDI technology built-in, and the kinds of products that were showcased has us very hopeful that one more wire will be officially cut in 2011. We looked at a pair of adapter kits from Asus and briteView, right here.  The company has also showcased wireless HDTVs, wireless tablets, wireless PC-to-TV transfers, 3D, and mobile-to-TV products. Haier, Hisense, TCL are among a number of CE manufacturers that demonstrated WHDI products at CES, and AMIMON's now touting over-the-air switching capabilities utilizing a WHDI transmitter hub with multiple source devices connected to seamlessly and lag free switch from source device to another from the HDTV.

We suspect that most of these demonstrated products will come to market in just a few months. The real question is will consumers leap at the chance to ditch their HDMI cable. Even Intel's Wireless Display has shown the ability to have lag and jitter in some situations, and until that's totally ironed out, we get the feeling that many people will simply continue to rely on cables. And furthermore, so long as you have to run a power cable to your TV, there will also be that one last cable to worry over. So when you have one, what's one more?

Massive Wave of WHDI Products Announced at CES

WHDI Will Showcase Wireless HDTV, Tablet, PC-to-TV, 3D, and Mobile-to-TV Products

CES, Las Vegas, NV – January 4, 2011 – WHDI LLC, the organization responsible for managing the WHDI™ (Wireless Home Digital Interface™) standard today announced that, together with leading WHDI technology supplier AMIMON, they will demonstrate numerous new WHDI products, technology innovations and future product designs at the International CES show, which runs January 6-9, 2011 in Las Vegas. At CES, a number of major CE manufacturers have announced WHDI products across key product categories: PC-to-TV, Wireless HDTV, tablet, mobile and more. The breadth of these products highlights WHDI's ability to provide a HD wireless solution for all PC and CE devices, applications and consumer uses cases. Consumers just need to look for the WHDI logo to ensure that all of their devices will be able to work together.

Wireless HDTV, Display & Projectors

Haier, Hisense, TCL are among a number of CE manufacturers that will be demonstrating WHDI enabled wireless HDTV products at CES. Also, Vivitek will display an HD projector with WHDI embedded. WHDI easily enables the increasing number of HD sources to connect to an HDTV – without sacrificing quality or the applications and content that you can bring to the TV. WHDI provides a robust wireless connection that can deliver 1080p HD and 3D video, in the same room, or around the house. Additionally, WHDI will demonstrate "over-the-air" switching capabilities utilizing a WHDI transmitter hub with multiple source devices connected to seamlessly and lag free switch from source device to another from the HDTV.


At CES, WHDI and AMIMON will be demonstrating PC-to-TV products from ASUS, Brite-view and LG Innotek. WHDI's success in the PC-to-TV category is highlighted by AMIMON's WHDI Stick which has been selected as a CES Innovations 2011 Design and Engineering Award honoree in the "Video Components" category. WHDI provides the ideal solution for wireless PC-to-TV connectivity - delivering superior 3D and HD image quality and low-latency so users can play PC games on an HDTV. With these product users can easily surf the internet and watch internet videos from the PC on the TV. Gamers around the world have rejoiced the arrival of WHDI PC-to-TV products recently launched from a number of manufacturers.

Tablet & Mobile

At CES, WHDI and AMIMON will exhibit tablet designs and products from Gemtek, FIC and Malata, and will demonstrate mobile capabilities with a smartphone sleeve product from 35.com. As tablets proliferate and the processing power of smartphones continues to increase, the desire to connect those devices to an HDTV grows exponentially. WHDI maximizes the value of content on mobile and tablet devices by enabling not just the delivery of stored video to the TV but also game play, internet surfing and interactive applications on the TV. Additionally, WHDI is the only technology that meets the small footprint and low-power consumption requirements for integration into portable devices.

WHDI Overview

The WHDI standard delivers wireless 1080p 60Hz video (in a 40MHz channel in the 5GHz unlicensed band) providing consumers with the most robust and highest quality HD wireless connection. WHDI includes support for all 3D formats required by the HDMI™ 1.4a specification. WHDI has a range of 100 feet (30 meters) through obstacles and walls enabling consumers the freedom and hassle free way to connect sources anywhere with-in a room or enable multi-room connections. Additionally, the WHDI technology implements HDCP revision 2.0 enabling wireless viewing on the TV of all PC content including Blu-Ray movies and DRM protected content. WHDI has multicast capabilities as well.