Even though there are significant price and performance issues that need to be overcome before device manufacturers fully adopt the technology, wireless HD technology is already being seen and will likely enjoy robust growth according to new research from In-Stat.
The new report, Wireless HD Video Technology: WHDI and WirelessHD Establish Market, highlights the fact that manufacturers such as LG Electronics, Mitsubishi, Panasonic, Sharp, and Sony are already offering models boasting wireless HD even though the technologies are likely several years away from hitting the sweet spot of the consumer electronics (CE) and PC markets.
Moreover, once introduced the analyst predicts the number of wireless HD video-enabled device shipments will rise rapidly from almost nothing at present to about 13 million by 2014. “Although slow progress best describes the fate of wireless HD chip vendors in 2010, the five-year outlook is for a robust triple-digit annual growth rate,” says Brian O’Rourke, Principal Analyst. “Most semiconductor players pursuing this space plan to move out from HDTVs to other CE devices, like set-top boxes, blue laser players and recorders, and digital cameras.”
The analyst sees a number of video transmission technologies——specifically WHDI, WirelessHD, and WiGig—vying for a dominant position. In-Stat expects device shipments of products using WHDI, backed by AMIMON, and WirelessHD—whose proponents are SiBeam, NEC, Panasonic, Samsung, Sony, Toshiba, and LG—to grow at triple-digit annual percentage rates through 2014. There should be strong competition from WiGig Alliance members who include Broadcom, Dell, Intel, LG Electronics, Microsoft, NEC, Nokia, NXP, Panasonic, and Samsung.