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WirelessHD 1.1 Specification Now Available

The WirelessHD Consortium announced immediate availability of the WirelessHD 1.1 specification, announced this January at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES).

According to the statement, this next generation WirelessHD specification enables HDTVs, Blu-ray Disc (BD) players, PCs and portable devices to transmit, share and display content in billions of colors with unprecedented vividness and accuracy as well as instantaneously transfer large multi-gigabyte media files among a variety of devices.

The WirelessHD specification is currently supported by over 45 companies. Products implementing WirelessHD 1.1 technology will be backward compatible to those products using WirelessHD 1.0 technology.

The WirelessHD 1.1 specification includes the following updates:

* Optimized architecture: Handles multi-gigabit data rates for A/V streaming and file transfer (Wireless Personal Area Networking or WPAN) at the lowest link power.

* High data rates: The next generation specification increases the data rate to 10 – 28 Gbps.

* 3D over WirelessHD: The new specification will define common 3D formats and resolutions for WirelessHD-enabled devices.

* 4K resolution support: Enables devices to support HD resolution four times beyond that of 1080p.

* WPAN Data support: Connected devices that include this feature supports sync’n go file transfers for portable and fixed devices. This new specification also provides for IP connectivity for Internet access and networking of WirelessHD devices.

* Portable device support: The scalability of WirelessHD technology has been extended to support lossless video streaming in low-power portable devices such as portable media players, netbooks and smartphones.

* HDCP 2.0 content protection over WirelessHD: In addition to DTCP, both the current and future versions of WirelessHD will include support for HDCP 2.0 content protection.

“We’re pleased to bring an outstanding second generation specification to market with significant feature enhancements and power efficiencies,” said John Marshall, Chairman of the WirelessHD Consortium. “Enhanced video support and added data support makes WirelessHD technology the best option for wireless video area networking (WVAN) and wireless personal area networking (WPAN) applications.”

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