The End of HDTV Cables?

Last Monday, an article in Information Week described the new chips for mmWave technology under development by IBM in partnership with MediaTek of Taiwan. According to the report, this new wireless technology uses milimeter wavelength radio signals to transmit data. And we’re talking fast transmissions, up to 2 Gbits per second. This is fast enough to transmit 1080i or 720p signals in real time.

The HDMI cable makers don’t have to be too concerned, yet. IBM has not announced a timeline for prototypes, and the article said it would be at least three years until these become a commercial product.

Still, there is clearly pent up demand for wireless solutions to local and worldwide data access. WiMax has the promise of becoming the wireless broadband connection for the Internet, and in-home solutions like mmWave will make it much easier to create and market devices that can interact with each other, without having to run a snake’s nest of cables throughout the house.