Mobile Devices Will be Able to Beam 4K Content Straight to TVs Next Year

by on July 6, 2014

by Stephan Jukic – July 6th, 2014

Thanks to  corporate purchase of Chip maker Wilocity by Qaulcomm communications, smartphones and tablets will be able to transmit 4K video straight to big screens by next year.

The key reason for this lies in the fact that Wilocity manufactures chips that are based on something called WiGig technology, which can wirelessly transmit large loads of data between connected machines at enormous speeds of 7 Gps over short distances.

Since 7 Gbps is more than enough to cover the rather large broadband needs of 4K video resolution in 4K TVs, Wilocity’s technology will be incorporated by Qualcomm into its 64 bit Snapdragon 810 mobile chips which themselves will be integrated into mobile devices ready for shipping to customers by the second half of 2015, according to Cormac Conroy, vice president of product design management and engineering at Qualcomm.

Although the final decision on whether or not to use the WiGig chip in their mobile devices rests with manufacturers of smart phones and tablets, most name brand producers such as Samsung LG and others are expected to try the new technology out. Given that 4K resolution is gaining enormous traction as a must have new technology, competitive pressures will likely ensure WiGig integration.

A major benefit of the WiGig technology is that it could lead to the end of connectivity clutter in devices and cables via HDMI ports which are currently needed to transmit data heavy loads such as 4K video content. Furthermore, WiGig is much faster than ordinary WiFi 802.11ac and the existing LTE broadband technology that current Snapdragon chips use.

Ultimately, 4K technology, whose 3,840 x 2,160 pixel resolution is much larger than conventional 1080 pixel HD, is growing more popular day by day despite the problems it faces with full integration in consumer devices and data transmission channels. Because of this, technologies such as WiGig are badly needed for further spreading UHDs popularity and ease of use.

Currently, Netflix is already streaming a limited selection of 4K video content to users whose internet connections and TV or computer display screens are capable of handing it, but the broadband power still lags behind for many potential consumers of 4K. WiGig has the capacity to turn smartphones and tablets into wireless transmission stations that can then transmit the data they receive into computers or web connected TVs in their near vicinity.

Moving beyond this, the possibilities for WiGig also extend into the redesign of desktop PC s and other web connected machines, which could be freed from the need to use wires as a means of integrating their screens and data hardware.

Intel is already working on this latter development and would like to have wire free PCs on sale by 2016 thanks to WiGig integration.

If mobile devices are given the short distance PC like transmission capacity that WiGig offers, they could come much closer to becoming full computers in miniature and be more easily used to control and coordinate larger devices.

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