IBM chipset could revolutionize HD era

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IBM has released news that it will be collaborating with MediaTek from Taiwan to develop special computer chipsets that will enable consumers to wirelessly send and receive high definition content to TVs as well as other devices at push-button speeds – something that is still unheard of today. This new technology has been dubbed “mmWave”, and the chipsets will take advantage of millimeter wave radio technology in order to transmit the data. As for the chipsets themselves, they comprise of computer chips as well as high speed interconnects. Millimeter wave radio technology sounds pretty complicated to the layman, but to simplify it, it uses extremely high radio frequencies that enable it to send and receive mammoth amounts of data in an instant, leading both IBM and MediaTek to call it “revolutionary multimedia wireless products.”

Devices that are compatible with this technology will astound you with its speeds – how does receiving a 10 Gbit file in just under 5 seconds sound to you? That is but a blink of an eye when compared to current WiFi systems that take approximately 10 minutes to move a file that size to another device. According to T. C. Chen, VP for science and technology at IBM research, “This collaborative effort will enable consumers to wirelessly transfer large multimedia data files around their home and/or offices in seconds.”

It is hoped that this technology will be incorporated in a myriad of applications such as home theater. Imagine a wireless HD DVD player that streams high definition movie content to a nearby plasma TV in near real time. IBM is said to be working on integration issues, concentrating on its mmWave radio chips, antenna, and package technology while combining that effort with MediaTek’s expertise in digital baseband and video processing. Unfortunately, mmWave technology is still a long way off from being readily available to the consumer, as it will take a minimum of three years before some semblance of commercialization can be seen.

Source: Information Week

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