The second generation of the first 60 GHz wireless standard specification broadens support to include portable and personal computing devices.
The WirelessHD Consortium today announced an enhancement to the WirelessHD 1.0 specification. The next generation of the WirelessHD specification will enable HDTVs, Blu-ray disc players, PCs and portable devices to transmit, share and display content in billions of colors as well as instantaneously transfer large multi-gigabyte media files among a variety of devices. The WirelessHD standards group also announced its new authorized self test house (ASTH), extending the WirelessHD Compliance Test Program capabilities.
Panasonic has developed a WirelessHD Authorized Self Test House. They now have an internal facility where they will be able to test WirelessHD products for protocol compliance and interoperability in early 2010.
The WirelessHD specification is currently supported by almost 50 global technology industry leaders. Products with the updated technology, which is the only 60 GHz specification that is included in the Institute of Electrical Engineering (IEEE) 802.15.3c global standard, will be backward compatible to those products using WirelessHD 1.0 that have been shipping since early 2009.
New WirelessHD specification capabilities include:
- Highest data rates: The next generation spec increases the data rate to 10 ? 28 Gbps. This will support the demands of future high definition display devices, such as higher resolutions, Deep Color and high frame rates, as well as high speed data applications.
- 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 the resolution of 1080p. This feature allows the WirelessHD interface to transmit content at the same resolution as many digital theaters.
- Data support: Connected devices that include this feature supports sync?n go file transfers at 1Gbps 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 plus 1Gbps data connectivity 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. WirelessHD is the only standard to support both streaming and copying of multimedia content.