A wireless home for family harmony

Tzero and Siemens team up for wireless set-top box.


My mother would hate the way I just shove the tangle of wires behind my TV. It's the analog equivalent of sweeping dust under the rug.

The people at Tzero Technologies haven't met my mom (so far as I know), but they apparently understand her concerns. So they just moved a step closer to making good on their promise of wireless high-definition home entertainment.

The ultra wideband (UWB) chipset maker announced today that Siemens will be the first to incorporate Tzero's chips in its Ultra Wideband Multimedia Home Router. Tzero says the router, which will distribute Ethernet without wires at 300 megabits per second around the home, will be the first to use the technology.

Tzero and Analog Devices jointly announced their wireless High-Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) that will eliminate the need for cables to send HD signals between TVs, set-top boxes, disc players and gaming consoles last month. The first consumer electronics gadgets with integrated UWB chips for wireless networking are expected to reach the market in mid-2007.

In the meantime, if anyone asks, I can always explain my cord issues as a work of art.

(Photo: Corinne Schulze/CNET Networks)

About the author

Erica Ogg is a CNET News reporter who covers Apple, HP, Dell, and other PC makers, as well as the consumer electronics industry. She's also one of the hosts of CNET News' Daily Podcast. In her non-work life, she's a history geek, a loyal Dodgers fan, and a mac-and-cheese connoisseur.


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