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  • Wireless HD Video-Enabled HDTV’s: Playing in a Neighborhood Near You, Says In-Stat

    Published on September 21, 2010

    SCOTTSDALE, Ariz  — There are significant price and performance issues that need to be overcome before device manufacturers fully adopt wireless HD technology.  In fact, these technologies are likely several years away from hitting the sweet spot of the consumer electronics (CE) and PC markets.  But that doesn’t mean you can’t experience it today, says In-Stat (www.in-stat.com).  Manufacturers like LG Electronics, Mitsubishi, Panasonic, Sharp, and Sony are already offering models boasting wireless HD.

    “Although slow progress best describes the fate of wireless HD chip vendors in 2010, the five-year outlook is for a robust triple-digit annual growth rate,” says Brian O’Rourke, Principal Analyst.  “Most semiconductor players pursuing this space plan to move out from HDTVs to other CE devices, like set-top boxes, blue laser players and recorders, and digital cameras.”

    Report findings include:

    * The number of wireless HD video-enabled device shipments will rise from the current levels to approach 13 million by 2014.

    * Alternative video transmission technologies, WHDI, WirelessHD, and WiGig, are vying for a dominant position.  Among the differentiating factors are whole-home range, price and performance, single source, and time-to-market issues.

    * Strong competitive technologies include various flavors of Wi-Fi, Intel’s Wireless Display (WiDi) initiative, and Sony’s TransferJet.

    * WirelessHD is championed by chipmaker SiBeam and backed by NEC, Panasonic, Samsung, Sony, Toshiba, and LG.

    * WHDI (backed by AMIMON) and WirelessHD device shipments will grow at triple-digit annual percentage rates through 2014.

    * WiGig Alliance members include: Broadcom, Dell, Intel, LG Electronics, Microsoft, NEC, Nokia, NXP, Panasonic, and Samsung.