Sharp HDTVs go wireless, cable-free 1080p era is here

sharp_whdi_right.jpgSharp announced a wireless option to its super-thin X-series LCD displays today. Sharp will incorporate Amimon WHDI (Wireless High Definition Interface) 1080p wireless tech into its thinnest flat panels, meaning you won't have to connect any cables to your TV (apart from the power cord). All the connectors and bulky tuning paraphernaila are tucked away in the set-top box you see in the pic above.

Going on sale first in Japan and soon to follow in the U.S., the great news is that this technology bestows wireless HDMI capabilities that look nearly perfect. It works at distances of 100 feet and can go through four or five walls. We've seen a demo close-up — it's excellent, and we couldn't tell the difference between the WHDI and a wired HDMI signal. The downside? In this case, the wireless capability will add about $800 to the cost of an already-expensive $4,000+ 46-inch Sharp X-Series HDTV.

However, Amimon VP Noam Geri told us this is just the beginning, where wireless HDTV with a 100-foot range will be commonplace and a whole lot cheaper. Imagine having one set-top box, one Blu-ray player and one TiVo, all feeding any TV in your house over WHDI. Companies such as Sony, Sanyo, Belkin and now Sharp are on board, and it won't be long until WHDI is everywhere. Hit Continue for the press release.

SHARP to Offer Ultra-thin LCD TV with Wireless HDTV Link by AMIMON

AMIMON's WHDI Technology Enables High Quality and Robust
Wireless Uncompressed HDTV Link to Sharp's New X-Series LCD TVs

Santa Clara, Calif. and Osaka, Japan – April 30, 2008 – AMIMON Inc., an emerging leader in semiconductor technology for wireless high-definition (HD) video, has partnered with leading LCD TV manufacturer Sharp Corporation to offer a wireless HDTV link for the Sharp X-Series ultra-thin LCD TVs. AMIMON's WHDI™ technology, capable of delivering uncompressed HD video streams wirelessly, will simplify the installation of Sharp's ultra-thin LCD TVs by eliminating the need for an audio/video cable between the TV panel and the separate tuner unit.

AMIMON's WHDI technology uses a unique video-modem approach to deliver wireless uncompressed HDTV. With a range of over 100 feet (30 meters), through multiple walls and with latency of less than one millisecond, WHDI technology offers universal wireless whole-home HD connectivity with quality equivalent to that achieved with HDMI™.

"WHDI is becoming the technology of choice for wireless HDTV," said Dr. Yoav Nissan-Cohen, chairman and CEO of AMIMON Inc. "With AMIMON's WHDI technology, consumers can enjoy wireless ultra-thin TV displays that are easy to install and easy on the eyes."

Sharp's new X-series models, which come in 37-, 42- and 46-inch screen sizes and are only 3.44 cm thick (at their thinnest part), go on sale in Japan in April. This series adopts a discrete component configuration that separates the display section from the tuner section, and these two sections can be connected with a cable or by using an optional wireless video transmitter unit that employs AMIMON's WHDI technology.