LONDON SiBeam, a pioneer in 60GHz chips for wireless video networking, is demonstrating its second generation chipsets based on the WirelessHD specification at this week's CEATEC Japan exhibition.
The company suggests this part will keep it ahead of the pack "as the only option for high quality lossless 1080p Full HD video in the world."
Other companies targeting the Wirelsss HD space with 60GHz solutions include Amimon, and a host of chip makers grouped under the recently formed WiGig Alliance.
Members include Atheros, Broadcom, Dell, Intel, LG Electronics, Marvell, Microsoft, Mediatek, NEC, Nokia, Panasonic, Samsung and Wilocity. The Alliance aims to reduce the risks and uncertainty from deploying Wireless HD, easing the concerns of hesitant consumer electronics companies.
SiBeam (Sunnyvale, Calif) claims a number of breakthroughs for its latest device, including low cost, low power transmitter and receiver chipsets, each incorporating an RF IC and network processor.
The SB9220 Network Processor and the SB9210 RF Transmitter are targeted at products such as A/V receivers, home theater-in-a-box systems, Blu-ray players, set-top-boxes and media center PCs.
The SB9221 Network Processor and the SB9211 RF Receiver chipset are said to be most suitable for digital televisions, monitors and front projectors.
The second generation part features lower power consumption ideal for CE systems via the elimination of the need for active cooling; smaller form factor suitable for inclusion in super slim DTV panels and smaller profile devices, such as Blu-ray players and notebook PCs; 3D video support; integrated HDMI and LVDS; support for the latest versions of HDMI, HDCP and DTCP standards and backchannel (LR)-audio for enhanced surround sound capability.
SiBeam says they meet global regulatory specifications and approvals.
"SiBeam has set a new industry record as the first to deliver a 65 nanometer (nm) 60GHz design, enabling a significant reduction in cost, size and power. This critical advancement makes it even easier to design into consumer electronic products, a key advantage for our customers as they develop for and reach the mass market," said John LeMoncheck, President and CEO of the company.
To support second generation development, the company has also started offering the SK9200TXRX WirelessHD Development Kit that includes the WirelessHD reference design with transmit and receive capability, as well as full documentation including the user guide, schematics, bill of materials, Gerber files, host side reference firmware and application notes to implement the design.
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