No one ever said you couldn't play both sides of the fence when it comes to wireless technologies, and it seems that LG is doing precisely that at CES. LG has previously shipped HDTVs with WirelessHD technology built in, but today the company is announcing a new partnership with AMIMON. The reason for the ruckus? The outfit is fixing to ship a wireless HDTV product line with second-generation WHDI technology built in, enabling 1080p content to be sent from a source to the HDTV sans wires over a 5GHz unlicensed band. Mum's the word on what sets will have WHDI baked in, but we'll be sure to dig up anything we can once the show floor opens up here in Vegas. In related news, 15 other companies have decided to drink the WHDI Kool-Aid, and you can read more on that whole shindig after the break.
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LG Electronics Selects AMIMON for its Wireless HDTV Product line
LG Wireless Ready TV Product Line and Wireless HDTV Accessories are based on AMIMON's Wireless 1080p Solution
Las Vegas, NV January 6, 2010 – AMIMON, the market leader in wireless HDTV semiconductor solutions announced today that the new wireless-ready high-definition televisions and wireless HDTV accessories launched by LG Electronics are based on AMIMON's wireless 1080p solution.
LG's wireless HDTV product line are powered by AMIMON's second generation chipset, AMN2120/2220, enabling robust, high-quality wireless 1080p 60Hz in the 5GHz unlicensed band, both in the room and in between rooms through walls.
AMIMON and LG are among the promoters of the Wireless Home Digital Interface™ (WHDI™) industry consortium. WHDI, which is based on AMIMON's revolutionary video-modem technology, has been selected as a CES Innovations 2010 Design and Engineering Award honoree in the "Enabling Technologies" product category.
"AMIMON's wireless 1080p chipset continues to gain momentum in the market" said Dr. Yoav Nissan-Cohen, AMIMON's Chairman and CEO. "The high-quality wireless HDTV product line by LG will enable mass market adoption of WHDI technology."
Demonstrations of products using AMIMON's technology can be viewed at various locations in the Las Vegas Convention Center as well as at AMIMON's suite, No. 23121 at the Las Vegas Hilton (to coordinate a demonstration, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org).
WHDI Adds Major Companies as Contributors and Adopters
Haier, Maxim, Mitsubishi Electric and Toshiba among fifteen companies joining WHDI
CES, Las Vegas, NV – January 6, 2010 – WHDI LLC, the organization responsible for managing and licensing the WHDI™ (Wireless Home Digital Interface™) standard, today announced that WHDI has gained significant industry acceptance adding leading consumer electronics companies as WHDI contributors and adopters. The following companies have joined as WHDI Contributors: Haier, Maxim, Mitsubishi Electric and Toshiba. Additionally, the following companies have joined as WHDI Adopters: AmTRAN, Domo Technologies, Elmo, Gemtek, Gospell Smarthome Electronics, Hosiden, Murata, QMI, Seamon Science International, TDK, and Zinwell. These companies are in addition to the original WHDI Promoters: Amimon, Hitachi, LG Electronics, Motorola, Samsung, Sharp and Sony.
The WHDI standard delivers the wireless, multi-room distribution of high-quality HD video (full 1080p/60Hz HD with Deep Color at a distance of 100 feet and through walls), enabling consumers to build a wireless HD network connecting HD sources (STBs, Blu-ray players, PCs, mobile devices, game players, etc.) to TVs around the home. The WHDI standard ensures that by purchasing products with the WHDI logo consumers can easily connect devices from different manufacturers into one network to access all of their a/v content and games.
"After recently announcing the WHDI technical specification we are excited by the rapid industry acceptance of the WHDI standard," said Leslie Chard, president of WHDI LLC. "WHDI fills the clear need for a high quality and robust solution for the distribution of HD video in the home. No other standard can match WHDI's range, robustness and performance."
"The release of the WHDI specification, and addition of key CE companies are key steps toward enabling a WHDI ecosystem," said Noam Geri, Vice President of Marketing for Amimon, Ltd. "We anticipate that WHDI based products will begin hitting the market in Q3 2010."
The WHDI LLC will be exhibiting at the 2010 International CES show, which runs January 7-10 in Las Vegas. Demonstrations of the WHDI standard will be on display in WHDI LLC's suite, No. 23121, at the Las Vegas Hilton. (To coordinate a demonstration, e-mail email@example.com.)
The WHDI standard has been selected as a CES Innovations 2010 Design and Engineering Award honoree in the "Enabling Technologies" category.