On Wednesday the Wi-Fi Alliance officially launched its Wi-Fi Certified Miracast certification program. Devices that want to be certified must be able to deliver video and other content directly to a compatible device over a Wi-Fi Direct connection – no wireless network is needed.
As previously announced, Intel's WiDi 3.5 will be Miracast certified, and is joined by tech provided by Broadcom, Marvell, MediaTek, Ralink and Realtek. The first consumer-based products certified since testing opened to vendors include the LG Optimus G smartphone, Samsung Galaxy S III smartphone and Samsung Echo-P Series TV.
"Wi-Fi users around the world want to experience multimedia on the device of their choice - no matter what brand - and Miracast is the breakthrough they have been waiting for," said Edgar Figueroa, CEO of Wi-Fi Alliance. "We have been delighted with the level of enthusiasm and support among our member companies for this new offering."
Miracast users will be able to view pictures from a smartphone on a big screen HDTV, and even watch live programs from a home cable box directly on a tablet. Miracast supports protected premium content streaming, enabling devices to stream feature films and other copy-protected materials. This is accomplished by using a Wi-Fi version of the same trusted content mechanisms used on cable-based HDMI and DisplayPort connections.
"Miracast builds on Wi-Fi Direct with a compelling application," said Brian O’Rourke from IHS iSuppli Research. "This is a big step forward in a market migration from single-vendor display solutions, into an offering from a wide array of vendors. With more than 1.5 billion Miracast devices expected to ship in 2016, the program is poised to have broad adoption."
More information, including a list of Wi-Fi Certified Miracast products, the Wi-Fi Alliance Display technical specification, white paper, and more is available at www.wi-fi.org/miracast. Meanwhile, here's a list of the first Wi-Fi Direct tech to be designated Miracast certified (and which form the test suite for the certification program):
* Broadcom Dualband 11n WiFi
* Intel WiDi
* Marvell Avastar USB-8782 802.11n 1x1 Dual-band Reference Design
* MediaTek a/b/g/n Dualband Mobile Phone Client, MT662X_v1 and DTV Sink, MV0690
* Ralink 802.11n Wireless Adapter, RT3592
* Realtek Dual-band 2x2 RTL8192DE HM92D01 PCIe Half Mini Card and RTD1185 RealShare Smart Display Adapter
Even if all devices can communicate togeather you have to have those devices to get that technology. Example: I already have a big HDTV and don't plan on getting a new one so I'd have to buy an HDMI device/adapter for it to work on my TV. This might be a nice feature to add to a game console though.
I'll wait until i comes out before I get excited...