Intel Corp. at Consumer Electronics Show demonstrated its so-called wireless display technology that allows connecting personal computers to displays or HDTV-sets equipped with a special adapter wirelessly via 802.11n network.
Personal computers featuring Intel Centrino Advanced-N 6200, Advanced-N +WiMax 6250 or Ultimate N 6300 coupled with Intel My WiFi technology and Intel wireless display software can transfer video information, including high-definition video, to special Netgear adapters that can be connected using HDMI to high-definition televisions. Personal computers equipped with the aforementioned Wi-Fi adapters as well as Intel’s new Core i3, Core i5 or Core i7 processors compatible with LGA1156 platform will be compatible with Intel’s wireless display tech.
“Intel wireless display lets you view and share content from your hard disk, home network or anywhere a browser will take you on the biggest screen in your home,” an official description from Intel reads.
Even though the technology seems promising, it will hardly gain actual adoption. There is wireless HDMI technology that is supported by consumer electronics companies and that does not require any special-purpose Wi-Fi 802.11n adapter from Netgear. Moreover, Intel’s wireless display tech still has limitations: based on the information available now, it cannot playback Blu-ray disc (BD) on a TV due to digital rights management technologies used by content owners. By contrast, it is relatively easy to playback a BD movie on a TV from an HDMI equipped notebook that does not have HDMI-BD limitations (like some Sony computers do).
Intel wireless display technology will be available on January 17 at Best Buy on laptops from Dell, Sony and Toshiba, according to Intel.