SiBEAM, founded in December 2004 with offices in Fremont, Sunnyvale and San Diego (all in California), received strategic investments from Samsung and Panasonic. SiBEAM announced this news on December 1, 2008 but did not disclose investment details. This will help secure SiBEAM’s WirelessHD technology to connect FPD (Flat Panel Display) TVs to content sources without the use of wires. Panasonic isn’t new to SiBEAM: the company has maintained a relationship with SiBEAM since 2006 and was an early promotor of WirelessHD technology. Brad McManus, Director of Panasonic Venture Group stated that new WirelessHD-based products will be brought to market in 2009. Video after the jump.
Cutting the wire to connect FPD TVs to HD content was inevitable. With multiple FPD TVs in a single household connecting them via wires is a painful process. There are many wireless products out there but not many are compatible with one another. Just as there is WiFi (with all the varieties but good compatibility) in the IT world it is about time the CE world puts forth a wireless standard. With deep pocketed backers like Samsung and Panasonic, SiBEAM’s WirelessHD looks to be a strong contender to becoming the wireless standard for CE products.
Below is a video showing a PlayStation 3 outfitted with SiBEAM’s WirelessHD chipset embedded in a HDMI adapter wirelessly streaming a Blu-ray movie to a Samsung monitor:
[tags]SiBEAM, Samsung, Panasonic, WirelessHD, PlayStation 3, PS3[/tags]