Panasonic, Samsung Back SiBeam WirelessHD

SiBeam said it is the first scheme of its kind to be developed and produced deploying CMOS (complementary metal–oxide–semiconductor) technology.
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SiBeam, a developer of wireless HD semiconductor products based in Sunnyvale, Calif., said this week that it will continue to receive undisclosed amounts of financial backing from Panasonic and Samsung “for the continued development” of their wireless products.

The CE makers’ latest commitment “represents a show of confidence in the market and application potential of WirelessHD technology,” SiBeam said in a statement. The firm is working on solutions for wireless HD content transfer, and said it enjoys the support of other leading LCD and plasma manufacturers, as well.

A typical SiBeam chipset operates using proprietary technology (dubbed OmniLink60) in the 60 GHz band. SiBeam said it is the first scheme of its kind to be developed and produced deploying CMOS (complementary metal–oxide–semiconductor) technology. Its so-called WirelessHD technology is designed for streaming uncompressed, lossless HD video and audio.

SiBeam is a founding member of the WirelessHD Consortium—which includes Panasonic and Samsung, among others, as active members. The consortium announced its WirelessHD 1.0 specification at last year’s CES.

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