FCC website outs Microsoft's Surface Wireless Display Adapter HDMI dongle

Microsoft is apparently planning to release a new accessory for its Surface 2 and Pro 2 tablets that will allow their content to be beamed and displayed on big screen televisions. The Federal Communications Commission site has posted up documents filed by Microsoft that reveal the existence of the Surface Wireless Display Adapter.

The site shows that the device is a HDMI dongle that presumably will connect to an open port on a TV. The Surface 2 or Pro 2 tablet could then connect to the dongle, via a dual-band Wi-Fi antenna, and then show anything running on the tablet on the larger screen.

While the Surface tablets do have Miracast support, it's a given that not all TVs are equipped with this relatively new wireless display technology. This dongle is clearly being made for older televisions. Of course, the FCC filing doesn't have any info on when the Surface Wireless Display Adapter will be released or how much it will cost. We have contacted Microsoft to see if they wish to comment on this FCC filing.

The previously promised Surface 2 with LTE wireless support was recently approved by the FCC, but we are still waiting for the company to launch its long awaited Power Cover accessory for the Surface Pro and Pro 2 models.

Source: FCC via Engadget | Image via Microsoft

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I have Intel Wi-Di already on my TV. Will there be a dongle or anything that will allow any existing laptop or Surface tablet to use it?

I ask because my old Laptop with built in Wi-Di died, and so now I have nothing that uses it.

Is it a dead-end technology I should just toss?

Cool, another accessory. Maybe they can quit what they're doing and focus on getting a previously announced product actually released - *ahem* Power Cover.

I have the Netgear Push2TV PTV3000 with a Surface Pro 2. It's awful. Truly no point in using it when a DP to HDMI cable is quicker and easier to action instantly. Once connected, the PTV3000 is jerky and stuttery, and is sometimes made better by moving the SP2 next to the 'wireless receiver'. Absolutely no point in that product.

I'm not saying MS's version will be the same, but damn, I will be reading a lot of reviews before even considering.

What is actually needed, is essentially Apple TV. Ie, a way to send a video to the dongle and still use the Surface as a second screen.

foaf said,

What is actually needed, is essentially Apple TV. Ie, a way to send a video to the dongle and still use the Surface as a second screen.

But you can already do that with an Xbox 360 and snapping a video app -- even websites with video like Youtube.

hmmm, that's one expensive dongle, not to mention the fan noise and size (compared to a dongle). But thanks for the tip.

Hmm. Interesting. Now, what would that offer me over Intel's Wireless Display?

As TheCyberKnight stated in previous comments, it needs to be priced right. Because the PRO versions for the Surface have that capability inside (Intel WiDi). I could get an adapter at around +- 70$ over Amazon (quick search)

On the other hand, the Surface 2 and RT will be benefited from this movement.

Jose_49 said,
Because the PRO versions for the Surface have that capability inside (Intel WiDi).
Are you sure? As far as I can tell except for the Surface RT the other 3 models support Miracast but not Intel WiDi.

this would be great but seriously, the surface cannot yet display to two monitors even when they touted DP 1.2 in hardware. so why on earth do they have they time to do this which barely anybody will get as the cable will do in most situations, over dual monitor support which far more people who use surface as a laptop replacement could use? In particular, how does the 200 dollar dock not have dual outputs!!!

neonspark said,
this would be great but seriously, the surface cannot yet display to two monitors even when they touted DP 1.2 in hardware. so why on earth do they have they time to do this which barely anybody will get as the cable will do in most situations, over dual monitor support which far more people who use surface as a laptop replacement could use? In particular, how does the 200 dollar dock not have dual outputs!!!

Really? You can't daisy-chain two 1.2 compliant monitors? I hadn't ready that anywhere...

Spiko said,
Still don't understand why the Xbox One doesn't act as a Miracast receiver so I wouldn't need a dongle.

Or the Xbox 360 for that matter...

Spiko said,
Still don't understand why the Xbox One doesn't act as a Miracast receiver so I wouldn't need a dongle.

it will, with a future update, I'm waiting for that too

Price is the key factor.
If Microsoft aims properly, they can count me in day one.

Let's hope Google Chromecast will be an inspiration to them.

TheCyberKnight said,
Price is the key factor.
If Microsoft aims properly, they can count me in day one.

Let's hope Google Chromecast will be an inspiration to them.

This needs to be $35 like Chromecast and the Miracast receivers they have on Amazon.

I wonder if this will work with the original Surface RT? I can stream video to my XBox 360, but options are good, and this would be a great portable alternative to using an HDMI cable.

When I bring movies over to my cousin's place on my RT I have to keep an eye on it and her kids. This would let me keep the Surface near me instead of by the TV.

DConnell said,
I wonder if this will work with the original Surface RT? I can stream video to my XBox 360, but options are good, and this would be a great portable alternative to using an HDMI cable.

When I bring movies over to my cousin's place on my RT I have to keep an eye on it and her kids. This would let me keep the Surface near me instead of by the TV.

This is a Miracast receiver. It will work with any device that supports Miracast -- including Windows Phone.