Report: Wireless HD Making Mark25 Jun, 2008 By: Erik Gruenwedel
Consumer adoption of wireless electronics devices has expanded beyond the early adopter phase. Playing catch-up are wireless high-definition networks, which are projected to reach 1 million global installations by 2012 from a base of less than 100,000 this year, according to a new report.
With sales of HDTVs reaching near 50% penetration in the United States this year, the wireless HD network is seen as a conduit for greater flexibility in positioning TV units on walls and other home entertainment devices in homes, according to ABI Research.
Wireless home networks are considered the next phase of home entertainment systems based on set-top box technology that transmits data and content wirelessly to enabled devices throughout the home.
The New York-based market research firm said the leading three HD systems contending for market share include 5GHz, 60GHz and ultra wideband (UWB).
Principal analyst Steve Wilson said 5GHz is the better understood wireless technology, but also has the least capability of handling complex applications.
He said 60GHz has bandwidth advantages within the TV room but transmission falls off considerably when distanced further away from the electronics device.
Both 5GHz and UWB are shipping demo products this year, according to Wilson.
“Over the next two to three years, we're going to see one or two of these wireless HDTV approaches emerge as the primary ones,” he said.
Initial CE interest from Westinghouse and Belkin have targeted commercial applications, but TV manufacturers Sharp and Hitachi recently introduced wireless HD systems for early adopters.