We've got three important tidbits to share this morning from the labs of AMIMON, so we can't afford to waste any time bantering about how far the wireless HD industry as a whole has to go before it becomes even marginally important to the average consumer. First off, LG Electronics has decided to tag along in the WHDI SIG, joining the likes of Motorola, Samsung, Sharp and Sony. Obviously, LG's hoping to push the wireless standard as a protocol that'll be accepted industry wide, and given the amount of splintering that exists currently, we can't say we're too against the collaboration. Moving on, we're told that the aforesaid WHDI standard will enable HDCP revision 2.0 as its content protection technology, and leading Chinese TV manufacturer Hisense has announced its intentions to integrate AMIMON's solution into its sets. All the details are just past the break.
LG Electronics joins WHDI SIG; Leslie Chard Named President of WHDI LLC.
Las Vegas, CES – January 6, 2009 – WHDI™ LLC is pleased to announce that LG Electronics, Ltd. will be joining the WHDI SIG. Current members of the WHDI SIG are AMIMON Inc., Hitachi, Ltd., LG Electronics, Motorola Inc., Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., Sharp Corporation and Sony Corporation.
The addition of LG Electronics to the special interest group builds on the momentum of the WHDI standard as the leader in multi-room wireless high-definition video, audio and device control connectivity.
As a promoter, LG will help shape and drive the WHDI standard, which will enable wireless streaming of HD video and audio between CE devices such as LCD and plasma HDTVs, multimedia projectors, A/V receivers, DVD and BD players, set-top boxes, game consoles, and PCs.
WHDI LLC is also pleased to announce that industry veteran Leslie Chard will serve as its President. Mr. Chard has lead similar initiatives, including HDMI and DVI. Mr. Chard previously served as president of HDMI Licensing, LLC where he was a key force in spearheading HDMI's industry acceptance and mass adoption. Mr. Chard is a prominent technology industry figure who brings 20 years of experience to the development and promotion of the WHDI standard.
"The WHDI standard continues to build momentum," said Leslie Chard, President of WHDI LLC. "With leading CE manufacturers on board, a proven technology and a strong demand from consumers for multi-room wireless HDTV connectivity, the WHDI standard has all the ingredients to become a successful industry standard."
About the WHDI Standard
The WHDI standard is a comprehensive new industry standard for multi-room audio, video and control connectivity utilizing Wireless Home Digital Interface (WHDI™) technology. The new interoperable standard aims to ensure that CE devices manufactured by different vendors will simply and directly connect to one another. The WHDI standard is targeted for release in early 2009.
About WHDI LLC
WHDI LLC is a wholly owned subsidiary of AMIMON Inc., and is the secretary charged with licensing and promoting the WHDI standard.
About the WHDI SIG
WHDI SIG comprises: AMIMON Inc., Hitachi, Ltd., LG Electronics, Motorola Inc., Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., Sharp Corporation and Sony Corporation. For more information visit: www.whdi.org.
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WHDI Standard Delivers Multi-room Wireless HDTV Connectivity with HDCP as Content Protection Technology
New specification of HDCP approved by major Content Providers with WHDI standard as a supported interface
Las Vegas, CES – January 06, 2009 – WHDI LLC today announced that the new Wireless Home Digital Interface™ (WHDI™) standard for multi-room wireless HDTV connectivity will enable High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection (HDCP) revision 2.0 as its content protection technology.
The combination of industry-leading WHDI technology and the ubiquitous HDCP will enable compatibility of new WHDI enabled TVs and sources with billions of HDMI/HDCP enabled devices in consumers' homes.
"HDCP over WHDI technology will allow WHDI enabled devices to deliver the full potential of wireless connectivity, from any device to any device, through multiple rooms in the home" said Leslie Chard, President of WHDI LLC. "By using state-of-the-art HDCP revision 2.0, the WHDI standard has positioned itself as the leading wireless standard for bringing secure high-definition connectivity to all devices in the home".
"HDCP revision 2.0 has implemented powerful security enhancements that make it the ideal choice for protecting high-value video content over modern interfaces well into the future" said Stephen Balogh, president of Digital Content Protection LLC, which licenses HDCP specifications. "The combination of HDCP and the WHDI standard gives both the industry and consumers user friendly wire-free connections throughout the home together with a state-of-the art security technology."
HDCP revision 2.0 includes a locality check protocol that enables the distribution of content throughout a local area. It protects content using a 1024 bit RSA key exchange algorithm and a 128 bit AES encryption technology
HDCP on WHDI was developed by DCP LLC with contribution by AMIMON, a founding member of the WHDI SIG. Specifications are available at: www.digital-cp.com
Hisense Selects AMIMON for its Wireless HDTV product line
Leading Chinese TV manufacturer to offer wireless HDTV products in China based on AMIMON's WHDI Technology
Las Vegas, CES – January 06, 2009 – AMIMON, the market leader in wireless HDTV semiconductor solutions and Hisense, China 's leading consumer electronics and appliance brand announced today that they have joined forces to offer Wireless HDTVs powered by AMIMON's WHDI technology in China. AMIMON's WHDI technology enables wireless delivery of uncompressed HDTV throughout the home with less than one millisecond latency and with wired-equivalent quality.
"We have evaluated several wireless technologies and have found AMIMON's technology to be the only one with the maturity and robustness required for consumer products" said Dr. Teiji Okamoto, vice general manager at Hisense. "The robustness and quality of AMIMON's solution make it the ideal choice for wireless HDTV connections within the room and throughout the home."
"With over 100,000 chipset sold in 2008 and Wireless HDTVs and video accessories based on AMIMON's technology already shipping in Europe, Japan and the United States by leading Consumer Electronics brands, AMIMON's technology has emerged as the technology of choice for wireless HDTV" said Shimon Greenberg, AMIMON's vice president of sales. "We are pleased to be working with Hisense to expand AMIMON's technology global footprint to China's fast growing market."
AMIMON's WHDI technology, which is based on a revolutionary video-modem approach operating in the 5GHz unlicensed band, has been selected as a CES Innovations 2009 Design and Engineering Award honoree in the "Enabling Technologies" product category.
AMIMON is a fabless semiconductor company pioneering wireless uncompressed high-definition video for universal connectivity among CE video devices. AMIMON is a founding member of the WHDI™ (Wireless Home Digital Interface) Special Interest Group formed by leading CE companies to define a new industry standard for multi-room wireless uncompressed HDTV connectivity.
AMIMON is headquartered in Herzlia, Israel, with offices in Santa Clara, Calif., USA; Tokyo, Japan; and Seoul, Korea. More information is available at www.amimon.com and www.whdi.org.
WHDI is a trademark of AMIMON, Ltd. All other trademarks or registered trademarks are those of their respective holders.