Nvidia pushes new standard for wireless streaming

Company announces certification for a Wi-Fi protocol that promises to cut more cords.

Nvidia-powered phones and tablets, like the global version of the HTC One X, could one day stream movies directly to the TV with approval of a new standard. Sarah Tew/CNET

Chances are, if you're looking for a way to get the photos, video, or games from your phone to show up on your big screen TV, you've got a wire involved. Chipmaker Nvidia announced today that it's one step closer to having its smartphones and tablets wirelessly share content through a forthcoming standard called Miracast.

Miracast relies on a direct Wi-Fi connection to kick off communication between the devices. Similar to Apple's AirPlay, you don't need to log on to a typical Wi-Fi network.

The Wi-Fi Alliance, of which Nvidia and many others are a part, is preparing to launch the open wireless display standard in the next few months, a plan the alliance announced in late May.

Devices produced by a Wi-Fi Alliance partner that's Miracast certified, and that come equipped with Nvidia's Tegra 3 quad-core processor, will be able to share content with other certified devices, like various HDTVs.

If speculation about the HTC One X+ for T-Mobile pans out, the rumored quad-core smartphone could be among the first devices to use the technology.

Nvidia shares its vision in the video below; you'll find a PDF of its white paper here.

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Jessica Dolcourt reviews smartphones and cell phones, covers handset news, and pens the monthly column Smartphones Unlocked. A senior editor, she started at CNET in 2006 and spent four years reviewing mobile and desktop software before taking on devices.


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