Ultrawideband developer Wisair said Wednesday that it has received WHQL certification from Microsoft for its software drivers, an important step toward making UWB a reality.
Wisair said earlier this month that its first customer will be Y-E Data, a Japanese developer that will sample its first product, a UWB wireless hub, this month. Products are scheduled for December.
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(Editor’s Note: On Oct. 31, Y-E Data confirmed that it began shipping its UWB hub in Japan for an undisclosed price.)
Although the first UWB prototypes were shown at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this past January, the UWB community is hoping to launch its wares at CES 2007 this coming January. A number of WiMedia companies promoting the Intel-led version of Wireless USB will appear at the CES show, including Intel plus partners Alereon, Artimi, Staccato and WiQuest, as well as OEMs Hewlett-Packard and NEC Electronics.
The addition of Windows Hardware Quality Certification from Microsoft means that Wisair’s products have been blessed with official approval from Microsoft, and can be added to its operating system. The certification applies to the wireless USB hub only, which now can be branded with a “Designed for Windows” logo.
“This certification came at an ideal time as several leading brands are slated to ship their first wireless hubs, containing our UWB chipsets, to the consumer market before the end of this year,” said
David Yaish, Wisair’s chief executive, in a statement. “Now these vendors can include the Windows certification on their product packaging.”
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Based on Wisair 531 and 502 chipset, UWB WiMedia/MBOA compatible, Up to four external USB2.0/1.1 ports (available simultaneously), Fast Wireless USB connection, Wireless Host-to-USB hub cable. Wisair provides a comprehensive offering for the implementation of both host and device Wireless USB applications. This includes solutions, silicon, reference designs, software, drivers, RF and antenna design support—to facilitate the efficient implementation by ODM s and OEM s. Based on Wisair 531 and 502 chipset, UWB WiMedia/MBOA compatible, Up to four external USB2.0/1.1 ports (available simultaneously), Fast Wireless USB connection, Wireless Host-to-USB hub cable.
“Y-E Data is to have a press event in Tokyo on Nov. 1,” a spokeswoman for Wisair said in an email. “They will have lots of good news to share… As for the samples, I think it is safe to say they are working.”
Gemtek has also announced a wireless USB dongle, the WUWBD-101, and demonstrated it at the recent Intel Developer Forum in Taipei, Taiwan using components from Alereon. A ship date has not been announced.
Editor’s Note:This story was updated at 2:22 PM with comments from a Wisair spokeswoman.
PALO ALTO, Calif., November 07, 2011 Display Link, the leading provider of technology for virtual graphics and USB-connected computing and Wisair, the leading vendor of UWB and Wireless USB single chip based solutions, announced that the soon to be available wireless NETGEAR Universal Push2TV® HD Adapter (model PTUV1000) leverages technology from both companies. Enabling wireless connectivity between legacy and a wide range of Notebook PCs and HD televisions, the Universal Push2TV® HD Adapter does not require third party wireless software to show any web or locally stored content, and uses HDTV as an extended second monitor for extra desktop space. NETGEAR has leveraged technology from DisplayLink and Wisair to deliver an innovative solution connecting any Windows-based PC wirelessly to any HD display, said Dennis Crespo, DisplayLink executive vice president of marketing and business development. This new device allows any content from Netflix, CNN, YouTube, Twitter or any other source to stream or display on any HDMI-enabled.
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By allowing users to wirelessly connect their laptop to their HDTV and watch personal content, or any Internet web site on the big screen, the Universal Push2TV HD adapter capitalizes on the hottest market trends - Internet (viewing online video and TV), PC (smaller form factor laptops storing big amounts of personal content) and the popularity of HDTVs. These trends create an increasing demand for wireless connectivity between laptops and HDTVs to share, view and enjoy the availability and richness of online and PC stored content. 'Demand for Wireless PC to TV keeps growing. Users clearly want to connect their laptop PC to the TV and surf the Internet from the comfort of their couch without any limitations imposed by cables, said David Yaish, Wisair president and CEO. We are honored to have NETGEAR on board and happy to collaborate with DisplayLink and see that the Universal Push2TV HD adapter Wireless PC to TV adapter is now available in the market. In addition to cable-free connection from any PC to HD display for home entertainment, NETGEAR's new adapter has high value in business settings', said Damir Skripic, NETGEAR product line manager Connected Entertainment.
Millions of legacy PCs used in businesses can now easily present any content via wireless in full HD 1080p. And any HDTV can instantly become an extended monitor for applications that can benefit from more screen real estate. Universal Push2TV® HD - Wireless PC to TV Adapter (PTVU1000) Product Features Easy-to-use adapter to wirelessly display your PC on TV. Universal solution small size adapter connects to a USB port in laptop and TV side adapter connects to an HDMI port in TV. Unlimited content “ experience the entire Internet world (ANY web site, online movies, online TV channels), your videos and pictures in HD resolution up to 1080p, DVD movies and documents, all on your big screen TV no more crowding around a small laptop screen Plug & play' no networking knowledge required, install and use Low latency to allow real time PC application (such as web browsing) on HDTV Small and lightweight makes it easy to switch between TVs, or take with you when you travel Availability and Price The NETGEAR wireless PC to TV Adapter (PTVU1000) is now available in the United States and Europe with a list price $129.99 in the U.S. For more information visit the NETGEAR website: http://www.netgear.com/home/products/hometheater/media-players/PTVU1000.aspx. About Wisair Wisair is a fables semiconductor company providing Ultra Wideband (UWB) and Wireless USB solutions based on its CMOS single chip. Recognized superior coverage and throughput, Wisair's solutions offer the best combination of performance, price and power consumption for Wireless USB. For more information about Wisair and about products based on our technology visit: http://www.wisair.com/shop/ About NETGEAR NETGEAR (NASDAQGM: NTGR) is a global networking company that delivers innovative products to consumers, businesses and service providers. For consumers, the company makes high performance, dependable and easy to use home networking, storage and digital media products to connect people with the Internet and their content and devices. For businesses, NETGEAR provides networking, storage and security solutions without the cost and complexity of Big IT. The company also supplies top service providers with retail proven, whole home solutions for their customers. NETGEAR products are built on a variety of proven technologies such as wireless, Ethernet and powerline, with a focus on reliability and ease-of-use. NETGEAR products are sold in approximately 28,000 retail locations around the globe, and through more than 37,000 value-added resellers. The company's headquarters are in San Jose, Calif., with additional offices in 25 countries. NETGEAR is an ENERGY STAR® partner. More information is available at http://www.NETGEAR.com or by calling (408) 907-8000. Connect with NETGEAR at http://twitter.com/NETGEAR and http://www.facebook.com/NETGEAR.
About DisplayLink DisplayLink Corp develops hardware and software solutions to enable easy connectivity between computers and displays over standard interfaces such as USB, Ethernet and wireless networks. DisplayLink technology is used in dozens of globally branded PC accessories including monitors, universal docking stations, display adapters, projectors, and zero client systems that make expansion of the desktop visual workspace possible, at significantly lower cost and energy usage than traditional solutions. DisplayLink is ranked the fourth fastest-growing EMEA Company by Deloitte, and was awarded the CES 2011 Best of Innovation Award Honoree in the Enabling Technologies category for its Interactive Networked Graphics for SuperSpeed USB. For more information and product details, visit the DisplayLink Shop and follow DisplayLink on Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube and Twitter. # # # TradeMarks The Wisair logo are registered trademarks of Wisair. DisplayLink and the DisplayLink logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of DisplayLink Corporation in the US or other countries. All rights reserved.