Friday, January 26, 2007

Philips wireless HDMI has 25-foot range

(This is a preview, not a review.)
At the recent 2007 International Consumer Electronics Show, Philips announced what they called the world’s first wireless HDMI system, a two-piece transmitter and receiver capable of transmitting 1,080p Hi-Def video plus multi-channel signals losslessly.

The system, model SWW1800, operates in the ultrawideband range, eliminating interference from other wireless technologies including Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, cordless phones, microwaves and cellphones. The wireless HDMI transmitter can be placed anywhere within a 25 foot range of the receiver — in an entertainment center, in a closet, or on the other side of the room — without signal loss or degradation, Philips said.

It should be available in May. Price is about $300 -- which, unfortunately, is not much more than some HDMI cables.

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