CES pitted for Intel Wireless Display boost
More supporters, more kit coming next year
IDF Intel made a point of highlighting its Wireless Display (WiDi) technology at IDF this week, but expect an even bigger push at next January's Consumer Electronics Show (CES).
The chip giant announced WiDi at this year's CES, but few hardware makers have voiced their support for the technology. Twelve months on, however, and CES 2011 will see a lot more WiDi product announcements, Intel insiders say.
Intel pitches WiDi as a standard way of streaming computer-stored content to a TV. It's not intended to replace your Nas box or media centre, simply to be a handy, ad hoc way of showing that latest download, or catch-up TV service on the living room screen.
It's a nice idea, but it's not unique. There are similar products that use Wireless USB - Veebeam is a case in point - and you can achieve the same effect with Windows 7's Play To... function and a TV that supports DLNA. Western Digital's WDTV Live box can pick up networked content and play it on your telly. Apple's upcoming AirPlay technology will do the same thing, albeit mediated by iTunes or iDevices.
Perhaps that's why, to date, only Netgear has stepped up to the plate to offer a gadget that can tune in to the WiDi transmissions on your wireless network and feed them down an HDMI cable to your TV.
All the demo stations at Intel's IDF WiDi stand featured Netgear's receiver.
Intel CEO Paul Otellini this week said WiDi was "gaining traction", but so far there are very few PC vendors who make a point of stating they have machines that incorporate the technology.
Intel's own website lists only three: one each from Sony, Toshiba and Dell.
Intel was demonstrating WiDi this week with these machines, and kit from Lenovo, Asus and Gigabyte.
Perhaps more vendors would get in on the act if Intel widened WiDi's applicability, but the chip maker insists that it be offered only by machines using specific Core i CPU, integrated graphics and wireless card combinations.
There seems no reason why it couldn't widen WiDi support, to give the technology a boost, since the networking technology is standard 802.11n. All it has to do is write suitable drivers for a broader array of its integrated graphics cores.
As more Core i3, i5 and i7-based laptops are sold, so WiDi's potential user base increases to the point where companies will join Netgear and offer receivers, or perhaps even build them in to TVs. It's undoubtedly that growth that has prompted the products we've been told to anticipate early next year.
Netgear doesn't ship its Push2TV box outside of the US, so hopefully we'll also see WiDi make it to the UK. ®
Intel WiDi and Netgear Push to TV Adapters Available in UK and 12 Others
Connie from Intel here. Just wanted to let you know that the Netgear Push to TV Adapter is available in UK in addition to 12 other countries. You can get it in UK at Dell Direct among other vendors.
Re: I get the feeling...
"Wireless HDMI? Yes please...."
Which sounds suspiciously like exactly what this is.
Ok it's a closed, Intel only, limited to specific kit one, but I'm sure that someone, somewhere has a "works with anything you like" generic specification up their sleeves. A bit like a sort of AMD64 answer to this Itanium, if you will. With a bit of luck, this bollox from Intel should provide the necessary boot up the backside to everyone else to standardise for fear of Intel pwning their sorry arses.
The silly buggers here are those manufacturers bothering to build kit for this proprietary, doomed-to-die version.
I get the feeling...
It feels like Intel are taking a niche market, and making a niche in it, in order to put a niche inside that niche.
Wireless HDMI? Yes please, make it plentiful! Give me just one power cable to my tellie, and i'm happy as a pig in mud.
Wireless networking? Yes please, although my house is gigabit wired, the wireless is handy for laptops.
Wireless display? ....Why? I can just copy the file over onto my media box, and play it from there. In fact, I could just save it to my storage server, and just play it on any other device on the network.
My clients get confused enough with one wireless concept, let alone three.
Paris, because she makes my head hurt less than intel do with their niche, niche, niche design philosophy.