Asushas handpickedAmimon to work on its upcoming WiCast EW2000 kit that will connect PCs to TVs via USB and HDMI.
The WiCast kit will include an HD video transmitter and receiver in one little compact box, seen in the photo above. Users connect the PC to the TV (or gaming console, set-top box, etc.) via HDMI, while the USB port is used to keep things powered.
WHDI is an emerging wireless technology that offers wireless alternatives to the current HDMI cables used in most home entertainment devices for displaying content on TV screen. WHDI is capable of carrying both sound and video signal wirelessly at the same quality as HDMI cables. Earlier this year, Amimon revealed that it had sold half a million WHDI chips to hardware makers, predicting a wide adoption of the technology.
Apart from computers, the WiCast can also connect any source device with an HDMI port, such as set-top-boxes or gaming consoles, to an HDTV that supports HDMI. The kits includes one HD Video transmitter and a receiver. The former is to be connected to the HDMI port of a source device, such as a computer, and the latter is to be connected to a TV. WHDI kits like Asus' WiCast are necessary for existing HDMI-based devices. Future devices will have built-in WHDI capability, so that they can connect to one another other wirelessly out of the box.
Until now, users wanting to wirelessly project 1080p video from a netbook/ PC onto a screen had limited options. The one current option that can handle 1080p graphics costs $599, with others options costing $240 and up for less than full HD graphics. Now with WiCast, ASUS introduces a groundbreaking full HD 1080p, 3Gbps solution for the killer price of $199 (MSRP).
Wireless HD Visual and Audio Playback
... Latency Free
... USB Powered
... Omni-Directional Broadcast
... Small Package