Up to 720p video, web surfing for PC & Mac
Iogear–makers of switches, cables, peripherals, and other accessories for computers–has announced its latest computer-to-TV connection kit, featuring Ultra-Wideband (UWB) wireless USB to allow "mirror-mode" computer use, video chatting or presentation of media such as movies and photos up to 720p wirelessly to a television, monitor or projector up to 30 feet away.
UWB group to close
The ultrawideband (UWB) trade organization, WiMedia Alliance, has announced that it will cease operations. The group will transfer its specification ownership and technology to the USB Implementers Forum (IF), Wireless USB Promoter Group and Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) for further development. The recipients can now continue progress and apply for standardization and certification.
Apple and wireless tech
Apple may be exploring known wireless technologies which are nevertheless outside of its current roadmap, a job listing suggests. The company is hunting for a senior RF system engineer to staff its offices in Santa Clara, California, who will help build products currently planned with wireless, and additionally investigate new technologies as they present themselves. Critically, the ideal canadidate would not only know 802.11 Wi-Fi, but "Bluetooth, 3G, UWB, WiMAX, GPS, Mobile TV and similar wireless technologies."
NICTA GiFi Chipset
A new wireless technology has been developed that should serve as an extremely fast replacement for technologies such as Bluetooth and ultra-wideband (UWB), says Australian research group NICTA. Nicknamed GiFi, the process would use a chip (not pictured) that transmits at an extremely high 60GHz frequency versus the 5GHz used for the fastest forms of Wi-Fi. The sheer density of the signal would allow a chip to send as much as five gigabits per second. While the spectrum would limit the device to the same 33-foot range as Bluetooth or UWB, it could theoretically transfer an HD movie to a cellphone in seconds, the researchers claim.
Westinghouse Wireless HDTV
Westinghouse on Thursday opened up its offerings for CES by unveiling what it says is the first-ever HDTV to be truly wireless outside of power cables: the unnamed set uses CWave's newly established Wireless HDMI format to avoid the clutter of cabling. Courtesy of ultra-wideband wireless and high quality video compression, the format is said to provide enough speed for 1080p images and surround audio without affecting quality. The technology will allow users to place HD movie readers and DVRs independently from the TV's own location.