Next-Generation WirelessHD Standard Reaches 28 Gbps

The new standard supports 3DTV, HDCP 2.0, data applications and data rates higher than 10 Gbps

The WirelessHD Consortium finished defining the new WirelessHD standard that will enable unprecedented wireless data transfer for a variety of electronics, allowing for vivid and accurate content sharing and display. The specification is the standard wireless digital interface for HD consumer electronics and is supported by 50 global technology corporations. The updated technology is the only 60GHz specification included in the Institute of Electrical Engineering (IEEE) 802.15.3c global standard and provides wireless lossless A/V support.

“The dramatic increase in maximum speed achieved in the next generation of the WirelessHD specification will enable WirelessHD to stay far ahead of the bandwidth demands of future high definition source and display devices,” John Marshall, chairman of the WirelessHD Consortium, said. “As the de facto standard digital interface for the high definition and consumer electronics markets, WirelessHD is implementing the most innovative technologies today to fulfill the demands of tomorrow’s consumers.”

When based on the new standard, PCs, Blu-ray players and HDTVs, among others, will be capable of a fast and accurate data transfer, even in case of multi-gigabyte files. This will be achievable thanks to the high data rates of 10 to 28 Gbps, which will support next-generation, high-definition display demands (DeepColor, high frame rates and high-speed data applications). The 4K resolution support will allow devices to display content in HD four times better than 1080p. This means that the supported resolution may reach that used in digital theaters.

Another feature of the new specification is the data support. Both portable and fixed devices will be capable of a 1Gbps sync'n go file transfer, as well as of IP connectivity for Internet and networking. Among the compatible portable devices are even low-power products such as netbooks, smartphones and media players. In addition, both the current and future WirelessHD versions will support HDCP 2.0 content protection, besides DTCP, even while being the only specification to support both media streaming and copying operations.

Finally, the new standard will be capable of transmitting 3D content over WirelessHD by defining common 3D formats and resolutions for supported devices. The specification will be backwards-compatible with previous technology.

Besides this major enhancement to the WirelessHD 1.0 specification, the group has also announced its new, Panasonic-developed Authorized Self Test House (ASTH). This new ASTH will become the consortium's internal facility where the protocol compliance and interoperability of WirelessHD products will be tested during the early part of 2010.

More information on the standard and the WirelessHD group itself may be found on the official website.

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