Here comes wireless DisplayPort: VESA and WiGig team up

The WiGig Alliance is certainly keeping busy. Just under six months after releasing their 7Gbps wireless spec and partnering up with the Wi-Fi Alliance, the WiGig folks now say they’ve teamed up with VESA to bring us wireless DisplayPort. WiGig and VESA are developing that technology with a certification program to match, and their goal is to deliver image quality on par with that of the wired DisplayPort interface.

As part of today’s announcement, the WiGig Alliance says it’s also completed "version 1.0 A/V and I/O protocol adaptation layer (PAL) specifications." The press release has more details about the two specs:

The WiGig A/V PAL (WiGig Display Extension) supports wireless transmission of audio/visual data. This implementation enables wireless DisplayPort and other display interfaces that include the High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection (HDCP) 2.0 feature. This PAL offers key A/V applications, such as the transmission of compressed or uncompressed video from a computer or digital camera to an HDTV, monitor or projector.
The WiGig I/O PALs (WiGig Bus Extension and WiGig Serial Extension) define high-performance wireless implementations of widely used computer interfaces over 60 GHz. These PALs enable multi-gigabit wireless connectivity between any two devices, such as connection to storage and other high-speed peripherals.

The complete specifications should be published early next year. We asked WiGig Marketing Group Chair Mark Grodzinsky when we can expect the first products based on those specs; he said he wouldn’t be surprised to see samples next year, with the first products potentially arriving in late 2011 or early 2012.

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    • blubje
    • 9 years ago

    considering how many corporate security things are botched (e.g. iterations of hdcp), I wouldn’t trust a wifi link. I hope wired options remain long into the future.

    • burntham77
    • 9 years ago

    Anything to reduce the clutter behind my desk and TV is very welcome.

    • tay
    • 9 years ago

    Does 7 Gbps means we’ll get 70 MBytes/s actual?

      • dmjifn
      • 9 years ago

      Well, the math would be almost 900MB/s. My guess would be more like 500-700MB/s, depending on the site.

    • kamikaziechameleon
    • 9 years ago

    I to share the aspirations to have a talbet monitor for my desktop in my room.

    • albundy
    • 9 years ago

    sweeet! cant wait for this! wireless touchscreens anyone?

    • indeego
    • 9 years ago

    Can’t wait for even the slightest bit of interference dashing everyone’s dreams for the 1.0, 1.1, 1.2 revisions.

    I imagine this will not go well after many wireless devices are on the market claiming incredible bandwidthg{<.<}g

      • ClickClick5
      • 9 years ago

      Yay! More signals to clog the air!

    • dpaus
    • 9 years ago

    This can’t happen fast enough, IMHO. It’s another huge step towards having that next-next-gen super-smartphone in your pocket replacing your laptop (and likely desktop, too…)

      • MadManOriginal
      • 9 years ago

      (and likely mutating your potential future progeny…)

        • hapyman
        • 9 years ago

        It’s not a tummmorrr!

        • dpaus
        • 9 years ago

        Been there, done that… 🙂

    • Jambe
    • 9 years ago

    Would this make it feasible to create basically a portable monitor/keyboard (like a laptop but with vastly-reduced internals) that harnessed the power of a desktop? I’d love that just for carrying around the house and whatnot.

      • OneArmedScissor
      • 9 years ago

      If the “laptop” had a video receiver, probably, but everyone seems to do it the other way around.

      Keep in mind that current wireless video receivers are pretty large, though. Unless this works very differently, the “trimmed down” part is pretty unlikely.

    • flip-mode
    • 9 years ago

    Yes yes yes please.

      • sweatshopking
      • 9 years ago

      I’d like that. I hate wires. Problem is, i won’t be able to buy anything that supports it forever. I’m still using 1024 x 768.

        • 5150
        • 9 years ago

        I hope someday you can upgrade from 256 colors.

          • sweatshopking
          • 9 years ago

          that would be awesome!! i don’t know what it would look like though….

    • ronch
    • 9 years ago

    VESA? Whoa. Like, they’re the VL-Bus guys, right? Haven’t seen ‘VESA’ in a news site for while, not frequently at least…

      • derFunkenstein
      • 9 years ago

      VESA is still a standards body. TV’s that mount on the wall use VESA mounts in different sizes (in increments of 25mm IIRC). They’re actually pretty busy:

      §[< http://www.vesa.org/<]§

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