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Motorola Investing in WHDI Wireless Technology

by March 13, 2007

Motorola today announced that it has made an equity investment in AMIMON Inc., an emerging leader in semiconductor technology for wireless transmission of high-definition (HD) video. Terms of the investment were not disclosed.

Some "inside details" include:

  • Sanyo is producing an HD projector with WHDI integrated into it

  • Pixelworks and Amimon are developing a joint reference design

Reese Schroeder, managing director, Motorola Ventures stated “We believe that AMIMON’s WHDI™ Technology is setting a new standard in wireless HDTV connectivity which nicely aligns with Motorola’s connected home strategy.” Motorola's investment obviously reflects a belief that AMIMON’s particular solution is well positioned to offer a high quality wireless uncompressed HDTV link between video sources such as digital set-top and high-definition TVs.

AMIMON's wireless high-definition interface (WHDI) technology enables wireless transmission of uncompressed high-definition video streams in the 5GHz unlicensed band. WHDI enables applications such as wireless flat-panel TVs, wireless projectors, wireless HDMI and wireless VGA repeaters (dongles).

WHDI's aim is to release technology (and eventually a standard) that would allow uncompressed high definition video and audio to be transmitted up to 150 feet from a source to a display. To ensure compatibility, the idea is to do the transfer uncompressed and avoid any need for redundant DRM or other encryption requirements. Sanyo demonstrated a prototype wireless projector using WHDI at the 2007 CES show.

More information is available at www.AMIMON.com and www.Motorola.com.

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