AMIMON, an Israeli company, is one of the companies behind the WHDI (Wireless Home Digital Interface) standard, along with Hitachi, Motorola, Samsung, Sharp, Sony. This technology is designed to send “uncompressed” high-definition content between devices in the home without wires. The “uncompressed” simply means that the system does not apply additional compression on top of that already used by the HD video stream.
AMIMON has released word that Misubishi will be using WHDI technology in a new line of HDTVs that are slated to be ship for the Japanese market later this fall. These sets should be able to transmit up to 1080p resolution content as far as 100 feet, even through walls, using the unlicensed 5 GHz band. This will make it possible to have a very thin LCD panel connected wirelessly to a separate HDTV receiver that contains the tuner and other controlling circuitry.
Wireless connections make a lot of sense for home entertainment, from surround channel speakers to the display itself. Wires can be expensive to hide by snaking through walls and unsightly to staple around the edge of a room. With this approach, all you need is electrical power at the panel location, and the receiver unit can be placed anywhere in the room (or a closet or other room) that is convenient. There was no pricing mentioned in the press release, so we don’t yet know what sort of a premium you’ll pay to get this technology in an HDTV set, but it sure sounds like a step in the right direction.