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Maxim, Celeno pair up for wireless HDMI

Posted: 08 Jan 2010 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Wireless HDMI? reference design? Wi-Fi?

Maxim Integrated Products and Celeno Communications are collaborating to bring to market whole-home wireless HD solutions. The companies are offering a joint reference design that can be embedded into HDTVs, gaming consoles, digital video recorders, laptops, Blu-ray players, STBs, and home gateways.

The design is based on the Maxim MG3500 H.264 encoder/decoder, the MAX2828 802.11 transceiver, and the Celeno CL1300 Wi-Fi implicit beamforming multiple input, multiple output (MIMO) SoC. The solution enables wireless, whole-home HDMI distribution to single or multiple flat-panel TVs.

Manufacturers will be able to leverage the reference design to build devices that distribute full-HD content wirelessly to remote HDTV displays. For example, TVs can be placed anywhere in the home and located away from the A/V cabinet or the STB. Consumers can share content from PCs and DVRs on a big screen TV without cables, or play gaming consoles in different bedrooms.

The companies offer two solution variants: embedded TV modules for integration into TVs, and HDMI adaptor modules for standalone aftermarket products.

"The Maxim/Celeno HD wireless reference design provides customers with a high-quality HD A/V wireless solution based on industry standards," said Ron Clark, VP and general manager of multimedia and wireless business units, Maxim. "The rapid adoption of Wi-Fi and H.264 compression technology will enable customers to develop an integrated, low-cost solution for wirelessly streaming from Internet and full-HD video sources."

"Whole-home wireless HDMI is the next holy grail of the CE industry. It will benefit consumers with new applications and will expand the usability of existing devices. Displaying PC content anywhere in the home, adding whole-home portability to HDTVs, and multiroom gaming are only some of the use cases our customers are looking for," commented Gilad Rozen, CEO of Celeno. "Building such solutions on existing industry standards helps manufactures to meet desired price points while maintaining a future-proof solution."





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