|HD TV Over Home Wireless in Everyday Use at Swisscom|
|Friday, 23 September 2011 20:30|
Saving a $200-$400 truckroll? Vendors have been promising for years video quality wireless around the home, but Swisscom is the first Western carrier to offer a "Wireless HDTV connecting kit" as a standard product on their website to any interested customer. The cost is CHF 199., which the customer recovers by not requiring an expensive installation. Swisscom seems happy and Sam Heidari of Quantenna is confident many other telcos are about to deploy similar.
3x3 or 4x4 MIMO 802.11n WiFi is designed to carry tens and even hundreds of megabits around the home. Each antenna sends out a separate, non-interfering (orthogonal) signal. It's available today from several chip vendors and only adds about $5 to the bill of materials. Because it's so cheap, everyone soon will be incorporating MIMO WiFi standard. Deutsche Telekom and Free in France already are, as well as HD Voice.
Swisscom offers "Would you like to connect your modem to the Swisscom TV box wirelessly and also enjoy HDTV? The HDTV connecting kit is which is especially designed and tested for transmitting video signals between a modem and the Swisscom TV box and also enables thetransmission of HDTV signals. We therefore recommend using this facility especially if the distance and number of obstacles between the two adapters is not toogreat. The rule of thumb is: the fewer walls and floors in between, the more suitable and efficient the technology." It's a Netgear box with Quantenna 4x4 chips. Here's a press release from earlier; the news is that this is now a production tool.
Berne, 05 January 2011, 14:00
Quantenna and NETGEAR® Receive CES 2011 Awards For HD Video-over-Wi-Fi Bridge Jointly Developed with Swisscom
The universal connection kit by Quantenna, NETGEAR® and Swisscom will receive two awards at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2011. The chip developed by Quantenna is lined up to be honoured with the Enabling Technologies Award, while NETGEAR® scoops the prize for the Best Home Networking Solution. Swisscom was instrumental in the product development process- The telecommunications provider ensured that customer requirements were included in the development right from the outset and played a crucial role in quality assurance.
The video bridge Full-11n product enables users to simultaneously transport multiple HD video streams from residential gateways to multiple set-top boxes around the home with the highest possible reach and performance. Swisscom's universal connection kit provides an attractive solution for customers who would like to use several devices such as their TV box, PC, printer, game console or multimedia player in several rooms, without having to lay additional cables for their Internet connection. The kit is currently the only product in the market which wirelessly transmits several HD and 3D channels simultaneously, anywhere in the home.
The universal connection kit (WNHD3004 3DHD Wireless Home Theater Networking Kit), developed by NETGEAR®, was selected by CES as an Innovations 2011 Design and Engineering Award Honoree in the Home Networking, Home Theater Accessories product category. The kit features a special chipset from Quantenna (Full-11nTM 4x4 MIMO 802.11n Wi-Fi chipset) which was selected by CES in the Enabling Technologies category enabling the industry's most reliable wireless video networking service, anywhere in the home.
The video bridge developed by Quantenna, NETGEAR® and Swisscom is an integral part of a universal connection kit that Swisscom launched in Switzerland during November 2010. The universal connection kit with three stations is available from the Swisscom Shop or the Swisscom Online Shop for CHF 299.00.
CES from 6-9 January in Las VegasThe international Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is the world's largest trade fair for consumer electronics which takes place from 6-9 January 2011 in Las Vegas. The award winners in 35 different categories will be presented at a press conference on 4 January. The products are also exhibited in the Grand Lobby of the Las Vegas Convention Center.
The awards are sponsored by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)®. They reward innovations on the basis of criteria such as technical quality, design quality, product functionality or added value for the user. The prestigious Innovations Design and Engineering Awards have been presented since 1976 and honor achievements in product development.
About Quantenna Communications, Inc.Quantenna Communications, Inc. is a fabless semiconductor company developing next-generation Full-11nTM chipsets that deliver the highest levels of performance and reliability for video enabled wireless networks and devices. Headquartered in Fremont, Calif., Quantenna introduced the world's first Full-802.11n solutions for wireless entertainment networking, and has assembled a management and engineering team with a long track record of start-up success. The company is backed by some of Silicon Valley's most esteemed venture capital firms, including DAG Ventures, Grazia Equity, Sequoia Capital, Sigma Partners, Southern Cross, Swisscom and Venrock Associates. www.quantenna.com
About NETGEAR®, Inc.
NETGEAR (NASDAQGM: NTGR) designs innovative, branded technology solutions that address the specific networking, storage, and security needs of business and home users. The company offers an end-to-end networking product portfolio to enable users to share Internet access, peripherals, files, multimedia content, and applications among multiple computers and other Internet-enabled devices. Products are built on a variety of proven technologies such as wireless, Ethernet and powerline, with a focus on reliability and ease-of-use. NETGEAR products are sold in over 27,000 retail locations around the globe, and via more than 36,000 value-added resellers. The company's headquarters are in San Jose, Calif., with additional offices in 25 countries. For more information visit www.NETGEAR.com.
Swisscom is Switzerland's leading telecom provider, with 5.7 million mobile customers and around 1.8 million broadband connections. In the first half-year of 2010, the company's 19,480 employees (full time equivalents) generated revenues of CHF 5.95 billion. Swisscom has a presence throughout Switzerland and offers a full range of products and services for mobile, landline and IP-based voice and data communication. www.swisscom.ch, www.swisscom.ch/ventures.
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