Most companies agree that wireless connectivity is the right approach going forward for home entertainment equipment. However, there is disagreement about which technology is best. Best for whom though? The consumers or the manufacturers? (I suspect the manufacturers.)
While some companies’ solutions have taken some steps forward and partner announcements have been made, the broad range of incompatible technologies has continued to worsen since 2006. Fiona Thomson, Research Director for IMS Research’s Connectivity Group commented, “Today, the industry has not declared which way it is going. The rest of this year, and probably a significant majority of 2009, will be all about testing the water with various solutions”.
Wireless technologies vying for this market include Wireless USB (WUSB), high speed Bluetooth technology, WLAN, 60GHz and proprietary variants. This is a key target market for the companies with alternative UWB solutions, who have teamed up with industry associations such as the High-Definition Audio-Video Network Alliance (HANA) and the Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA).
UWB partner announcements include those by Tzero and Hitachi and between Pulse~Link and Westinghouse Digital Electronics. IMS Research estimates that by 2013 over 50 million home entertainment devices including HDTV’s and STB’s will ship with UWB integrated.
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