Monday, February 20, 2006
Radioshpire Networks is another semiconductor company eager to share the fame with startup Amimon and veteran IBM. This year at CES they have presented the first wireless chip that's capable of transmitting HDTV up to 1080p without compressing the source signal.In conrtast, both Amimon and IBM do not handle 1080p. IBM's prototype is the only one with compression.
The new chipset solution consists of a SiGe RF transceiver chip, ADC/DAC, and a CMOS baseband device. It operates in the 3.1-4.8GHz range to avoid interference with 802.11b/g/n and 802.11a devices that operate in the 2.4 GHz and 5.1-5.85 GHz bands, respectively. The 720p/1080i configuration is sampling now with 1080p to follow in 2H06.Everything seems to be just perfect except that the range of transmission is limited to 15 feet for now. Until then Amimon is the closest in delivering a wireless HDTV. And come to think, 1080p is great, but do we really need it? Isn't 1080i the best broadcasters can do? I know what you think, HD-DVD and Blu-Ray are around the corner with true 1080p material. Do you think wireless 1080p is a necessity or will be in a near future?