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WHDI 2.0 to coexist with Wi-Fi

WHDI LLC announces the features in its upcoming version of the specification.

When you want to connect a device such as a game console or a Blu-ray player to a TV, the most common way is with an HDMI cable. If you have a few devices, that makes a big clutter behind the TV.

WHDI helps connect audio and video devices wirelessly. WHDI

Soon this can be avoided with the introduction of products that support Wireless Home Digital Interface (WHDI), which is one of the technologies that allows audio/video devices to connect wirelessly while offering the same quality as HDMI cables.

Right now there are also other solutions, including WiDi, WirelessHD, WiGig and the upcoming Wi-Fi 60Ghz. However, WHDI is slated to be the standard with the first mass adoption from hardware manufacturers.

While products that support the first version of WHDI are still on the horizon, WHDI LLC, the organization responsible for managing and licensing the WHDI standard, already announced Monday the technical features included in the upcoming version, 2.0, of the specification.

The organization says that version 2.0 will include WHDI 3D specification for all 3D formats required by the HDMI 1.4 specification. More significantly, the new  WHDI 2.0 version will also enable Wi-Fi support in the same channel.

In a nutshell, the next version of the WHDI standard will include the following added features:

  • Full 3D support: In addition to all HDMI 1.4 required 3D modes, WHDI will support the next-generation 1080p 60Hzx2 3D format).

  • WHDI-Wi-Fi integration and same channel coexistence.

  • Support for the next-generation 2Kx4K HD format with four times the resolution of 1080p (4,096 x 2,160 pixels)

  • Mobile device integration through reduced power consumption and footprint.

According to a recent report from West Technology Research Solutions, WHDI technology will be present in 70 percent of wireless video products by the end of the year and up to 75 percent by 2015. As there are not yet any TVs or other devices that support WHDI on the market, this report was based on the number of WHDI chips that have been shipped to manufacturers.

Earlier this year, WHDI announced that it had shipped WHDI chips in volumes to major manufacturers, including  Asus, Brite-View, Gefen, Haier, Hisense, IDX, LG, Mitsubishi, Philips, Sharp, Sony, Stryker, and Zinwell.

WHDI says that WHDI 2.0 specification is targeted for release in second quarter of of 2011.