Wireless DisplayPort FTW!
There are many people out there that want an easy way to shoot the video from their computer to their TV in the living room. There are a few ways to do that now but most methods involve cables or proprietary systems that don’t play well with other hardware. In an effort to make wireless connectivity in computers and home theater gear easy to implement and use the WiGig Alliance and VESA have teamed up to work on a new spec for Wireless DisplayPort.
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The two companies are working on a spec that will be adopted globally and operate on the 60Hz wireless frequency. The goal is for the spec to support multiple-gigabit wireless connectivity between devices and to create a new ecosystem of interoperable wireless display products.
"As a high-quality content creator in Hollywood, it is exciting to see the innovative solutions being offered by advanced wireless technology to fulfill the ever-increasing demand for anywhere, anytime content consumption," said Jeffrey Katzenberg, CEO of DreamWorks Animation.
If you stand back and think about this for a bit, an interoperable wireless standard is a no brainer for all of us. Think about what this would mean. We could have video cards, notebooks, and desktops that ship from the factory with wireless DisplayPort tech inside. That wireless tech would simply work with any wireless DisplayPort equipped monitors no matter the brand.
If the wireless display tech has the range we could even stream that Hulu content you want to watch from the office to the living room making the need for a computer in the living room moot. We could also use this tech to offer wireless connectivity between things like our TVs and Blu-ray players or set top boxes. This would allow us to wall mount a flat screen HDTV and simply beam the content we watch from the set top box to the TV without having to cut the wall or run wires. We could also use the tech to stream video from the cable box to a projector mounted on the ceiling.
WiGig also announced that it would have the specs for WiGig v1.0 A/V and the I/O protocol adaption layer (PAL) ready to publish in early 2011. The PAL is the part that supports wireless transmission for wireless DisplayPort and other interfaces and is an integral part of shedding the wires behind the desk and in the living room.