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IBM, MediaTek promise fast HDTV streaming sans wires

Posted: 24 Oct 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:high-definition movie? Wi-Fi? wireless? HDTV streaming?

ultrafast chipsets for wireless HDTV

IBM and MediaTek Inc. are partnering to develop ultrafast chipsets that can wirelessly transmit a full-length high-definition (HD) movie to and from a home PC, handheld device, retail kiosk or TV nearly as fast as a viewer can push their remote control.

The technology will allow consumers to rid their homes of the cumbersome wires needed to connect their HDTVs to STBs and allow the placement of devices anywhere that is convenient, instead of having to organize furniture and other accessories around technology.

"This collaborative effort will enable consumers to wirelessly transfer large multimedia data files around their home and/or offices in seconds," said T.C. Chen, VP of Science & Technology unit at IBM Research. "This will enable a world where you can have your entertainment when you want and where you want it."

mmWave radio
Both companies will combine their expertise in millimeter wave (mmWave) radio technologythe highest frequency portion of the radio spectrum where massive amounts of information can be sent quicklyand digital chipsets to create revolutionary multimedia wireless products. The large bandwidth for data transmission available at the mmWave frequency band enables at least 100x higher data rates than current Wi-Fi standards. For example, you could upload a 10Gbyte file in 5s with the new technology vs. 10mins using current Wi-Fi technology.

mmWave wireless technology can be widely used at home and office for applications such as multimedia content downloads or uncompressed HDTV streaming from your DVD player. You could wirelessly download and synchronize iPod-like devices with music and videos in seconds.

The parties will collaborate to integrate IBM's new mmWave radio chips, antenna and package technology with MediaTek's expertise in digital baseband and video processing chips as well as leverage MediaTek's influence in the consumer electronics market.

IBM Research has been engaged in mmWave technology R&D for the last four years. In collaboration with IBM's TJ Watson Research Center and IBM's Tokyo Research Lab, IBM demonstrated a prototype chipset as small as a dime to wirelessly transmit uncompressed HD video in February 2006. IBM used their 0.13?m Si-Ge BiCMOS process to manufacture the chips.

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