LAS VEGAS – Henry Samueli, co-founder and CTO of Broadcom, sees Ultra HDTV, gigabit wireless and "Wi-Fi in everything" as the key trends at this year's Consumer Electronics Show.
Of the three, the gigabit data rate connection (802.11ac) to homes is particularly important for the electronics industry, Samueli said in an interview here with EE Times. “It changes the game” for carriers, systems and home networks. “Gigabit-to-the-home is a no-brainer. DOCSIS 3.0 is ready, and it will proliferate within the next three years,” he said. Gigabit data rates in a home network are also being transported via Ethernet, power lines, gigabit Wi-Fi and MoCA, he added.
“While we are still far from enabling gigabit wireless on clients' [handhelds],” Samueli said it would eventually have an impact on how chips inside a handset are partitioned.
Samueli also predicted that the gigabit connection could move some of the processing to the cloud, be it graphics rendering or display processing currently executed in a client’s CPU. That could prompt industry to redefine what handset CPUs should do. As for chip companies racing to add more processing cores to handhelds, Samueli said, “My view is we may be overdoing the CPU war."
Following is an excerpt of our conversation with Samueli during CES.
Henry Samueli, co-founder, CTO of Broadcom. EE Times:
Have you had much chance to look around the show floor yet?Samueli:
I had just about one hour Tuesday (Jan. 8).EE Times:
Please name the three hottest things at the show this year.Samueli:
First and foremost, I found Ultra HDTV (UHDTV) to be the highlight of the entire CES this year. It is significant. I think this year’s show let people see a glimpse of the future.EE Times:
Could you explain why almost every UHDTV demo on the show floor was about snow-covered mountains, Swiss villages and lazy rivers meandering through green valleys? I saw only one video clip showing a soccer match, in which the images of players were crisp but the movement of the ball strangely a little jerky.Samueli:
[laughs] It’s probably because the demo is using footage based on 24 frames per second. You need 60 frames per second to show fast moving action in sports on 4k x 2k TV. The bit rate to screen is not fast enough either. Current HDMI cable handles only 24 frames per second. EE Times:
So, we are waiting for HDMI 2.0?