The WiGig Alliance and the Video Electronics Standards Association (VESA) today announced that they have an agreement in place to define the next generation of multi-gigabit wireless DisplayPort capability.
The Wireless Gigabit Alliance (WiGig Alliance) is the organization advancing the worldwide adoption and use of 60 GHz wireless technology. VESA and the WiGig Alliance will share technology expertise and specifications to develop multi-gigabit wireless DisplayPort capabilities. A certification program for wireless DisplayPort products will be developed in parallel.
The ability to connect PCs and handhelds to monitors, projectors and HDTVs wirelessly is highly desired among consumers and IT users. The WiGig-VESA collaboration will deliver a wireless display capability with image quality and I/O experience equal to that of wired interfaces. This agreement will spur the development of a new ecosystem consisting of interoperable wireless display products, providing an effective wireless alternative to cables, docking stations and adapters.
"WiGig technology is a perfect match for DisplayPort since it provides the multi-gigabit bandwidth, packet architecture and bi-directional I/O capabilities needed to support the DisplayPort v1.2 feature set and beyond," said Bruce Montag, VESA chairman. "Wireless DisplayPort will enable new connectivity options in a wide range of devices, from lower-power handhelds to tablets, notebooks, monitors, projectors and HDTVs. We are thrilled to begin defining the specification and certification program for wireless DisplayPort products."
"With many proprietary wireless A/V technologies on the market, our vision is to standardize a wireless display interface, and we are excited to partner with VESA to extend multi-gigabit wireless functionality to DisplayPort technology," said Dr. Ali Sadri, WiGig Alliance president and chairman. "Combining our wireless technology and VESA?s display expertise enables a high quality user experience with a certification program, enabling interoperability across CE, PC, tablets and handheld devices."
WiGig Alliance today announced the feature completion of the WiGig version 1.0 A/V and I/O protocol adaptation layer (PAL) specifications. The organization is planning to publish its specifications in early 2011. The application specifications have been developed to support specific system interfaces, including extensions for PC peripherals and display interfaces for HDTVs, monitors and projectors.
The WiGig A/V PAL (WiGig Display Extension) supports wireless transmission of audio/visual data. This implementation enables wireless DisplayPort and other display interfaces that include the High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection (HDCP) 2.0 feature. This PAL offers key A/V applications, such as the transmission of compressed or uncompressed video from a computer or digital camera to an HDTV, monitor or projector.
The WiGig I/O PALs (WiGig Bus Extension and WiGig Serial Extension) define high-performance wireless implementations of widely used computer interfaces over 60 GHz. These PALs enable multi-gigabit wireless connectivity between any two devices, such as connection to storage and other high-speed peripherals.
The WiGig Alliance continues to expand its roster of technology companies with new members. AMD has elevated its WiGig membership level from Contributor to Board of Directors, and CSR and Nitero have joined WiGig as Contributors.