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Wireless HD standard under development

LG, Panasonic, NEC, Samsung, SiBeam, Sony and Toshiba have banded together to begin developing a HD wireless standard in a bid to make high definition (HD) hardware a more appealing proposition for consumers

LG, Panasonic, NEC, Samsung, SiBeam, Sony and Toshiba have banded together to begin developing a HD wireless standard in a bid to make high definition (HD) hardware a more appealing proposition for consumers.

The seven firms aim to make use of the unlicensed 60GHz frequency band and plan to name the standard WiHD or Wireless HD. The companies reckon this wireless standard will make setting up high definition ready home theatre systems a much easier task, as cabling will no longer prove a limiting factor between source and destination devices (HD or Blu-ray players and HD TVs).

The first iteration of the standard will offer bandwidth of between 2Gbits/sec and 5Gbits/sec, though the core technology allows for a theoretical maximum of up to 20Gbits/sec.

This standard will be the first wireless design that offers sufficient bandwidth to combine uncompressed high-definition video, multi-channel audio (surround sound), intelligent format and control data in addition to Hollywood-approved digital content protection.

WiHD will also be designed with compatibility in mind, so that it will coexist with existing wireless standards whilst also being able to work with existing wire-based display standards (using an adapter).

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