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Wireless home tv is on the way
Posted: 07-Jan-2005 [Source: ViXS Systems]

[ViXS and Maxim announce partnership to deliver wireless video solutions to build wireless LCD and plasma televisions, HDTVs, projectors, media center PCs, home gateways, PVRs and DVD recorders.]

Las Vegas -- ViXS Systems, the leading developer of video processing and networking chipsets and software, today announced a development partnership with Maxim Integrated Products, Inc., a worldwide leader in the design, development, and manufacture of linear, mixed-signal, RF integrated circuits (ICs). The ViXS and Maxim partnership will deliver wireless video solutions that enable OEM and ODM customers to build high-quality video distribution products, such as wireless LCD and plasma televisions, HDTVs, projectors, media center PCs, home gateways, personal video recorders (PVRs) and DVD recorders.

Maxim's MAX2829 single chip 802.11a/b/g RF transceiver operates over world-band frequencies of 2.4-2.5GHz and 4.9-5.9GHz. Its low-noise and high-linearity receiver and transmitter design help to increase range and throughput performance for wireless TVs. The MAX2829 fully supports ViXS' recently announced Matrix II 802.11 a/b/g baseband/MAC chip and the Matrix II-based WaveTV wireless reference design. Matrix II is the first single-chip processor to provide dual-stream, high-definition (HD) wireless video distribution. Maxim is also collaborating with ViXS to develop a mini-PCI module reference design.

ViXS' Matrix II is the first single-chip processor to provide dual-channel, 802.11a/b/g support. It is also the only standards-based baseband processor that realizes multiple antenna maximum ratio gains while still being fully standards compliant. Manufacturers can therefore benefit from near-MIMO performance gains while maintaining the cost advantages of full 802.11a/b/g standards compliant. Furthermore, Matrix II allows OEMs to select an optional MIMO configuration mode, which provides even further performance gains. This technology enables PC and consumer electronics manufacturers to develop next-generation wireless media centers, LCD TVs, personal video recorders (PVRs), DVD players/recorders and media center PCs capable of delivering multiple wireless high-definition and standard-definition video streams throughout a large home without the need for proprietary or closed-loop technologies.

Matrix II enables manufacturers to minimize their production costs and enhance their product differentiation by integrating just a single chip to guarantee increased performance and interoperability with any 802.11-enabled device. Its transport stream (TS) interfaces ensure a seamless connection to off-the-shelf MPEG decoders and MPEG encoders. In addition, the Matrix II's max-ratio receive diversity, enhanced error correction, and enhanced signal detection are used to increase the overall performance of the wireless video network. When combined with ViXS' XCode II video network processor and ViXS VQoS(TM) technology, Matrix II provides a full end-to-end wireless video solution.


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