Vendors hype new WirelessHD standard

A group of electronics manufacturers has formed a new wireless interface aimed at transmitting high definition video. The WirelessHD Interest Group includes Sony, Toshiba, NEC and Samsung.

"WirelessHD will provide a high-speed wireless digital interface that will enable customers to simply connect, play, transmit and port their HD content in a secure manner," said WirelessHD Interest Group chairman John Marshall. The group estimates that WirelessHD will be available for manufacturers in the spring of 2007.

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When I first read the words "wirelessHD", the first thing that came into my mind was "They already have wirelessHD, it's called OTA!". LOL!

From the article: "WirelessHD will use the unlicensed 60GHz frequency band and the group estimates the reach of the signal to be as much as 10 metres, although this could be extended with 'smart antenna' devices."

From Wikipedia: "In the United States, the band 38.6 - 40.0 GHz is used for licensed high-speed microwave data links, and the 60 GHz band can be used for unlicensed short range (1.7 km) data links with data throughputs up to 2.5 Gbit/s (gigabits per second). This is a Civil Air Patrol frequency, as well. It is used commonly in flat terrain."

Sounds promising indeed. But I'd still use an 'above average quality' cable for my HD content. However that's just me.

So, mount your plasma on the wall and NOT have a mass of cables too and fro? When do we get wireless power though?