NVIDIA's official support was the first clear hint that Miracast was an important new technology, and the Wi-Fi Alliance has just removed any shred of doubt as to whether or not this was the case.
Miracast is based on Wi-Fi direct and allows any certified device (tablet, media player, PC, etc.) to stream video to any Miracast-enabled display.
NVIDIA announced its approval of the standard
back in July. Thus, the tablets based on its Tegra 3 chips, and successors, will have all they need to wirelessly play films and homemade videos on Wi-Fi displays.
The Wi-Fi Alliance has now stated that Broadcom, Marvell and Texas Instruments have added their names to the compliance list as well.
All Intel WiDi devices will be capable of Miracast too, and even Qualcomm will have a hand
in the standard's promotion (it will offer some of the first certified devices even).
"Miracast builds on Wi-Fi Direct with a compelling application," said Brian O'Rourke from IHS iSuppli Research.
"This is a big step forward in a market migration from single-vendor display solutions, into an offering from a wide array of vendors. With more than 1.5 billion Miracast devices expected to ship in 2016, the program is poised to have broad adoption."
A special page on the Wi-Fi Alliance website lists the products and technologies that will be or are certified for Miracast, but we will provide a list of the most relevant ones here.
-Broadcom Dualband 11n WiFi
-Marvell Avastar USB-8782 802.11n 1x1 Dual-band Reference Design
-MediaTek a/b/g/n Dualband Mobile Phone Client, MT662X_v1 and DTV Sink, MV0690
-Ralink 802.11n Wireless Adapter, RT3592
-Realtek Dual-band 2x2 RTL8192DE HM92D01 PCIe Half Mini Card and RTD1185 RealShare Smart Display Adapter
The first consumer products certified since testing began are Samsung Galaxy S III smartphone and Samsung Echo-P Series TV.