AMD Wireless TV takes on Intel WiDi [Video]

James DeRuvo - Feb 17, 2011
AMD Wireless TV takes on Intel WiDi [Video]

AMD is joining with software partner Vivu to go head to head against Intel’s WiDi streaming video. The new solution, dubbed is AMD Wireless TV and will stream wirelessly from virtually any AMD Fusion powered PC to an HDTV with no additional hardware required. First shown as a demo at CES, AMD Wireless TV can stream 720p HD video and users can adjust video quality for any situation, be it a movie at home, or wanting to wirelessly project a presentation at a meeting.

Basic specs are as follows: any AMD Fusion-powered computer using 802.11n Wi-Fi, Adobe Flash Player, and ViVu’s prototype software using its MXTP technology. But what’s really cool is the range of devices that AMD is streaming to from just a simple notebook. In the demo video below, we see them streaming to an HDTV flat panel display and a pair of tablets with no additional hardware. The solution also was selected by Digital Trends as one of the best gadgets at CES. Look for AMD and Vivu to have it out later this year.

AMD and ViVu Showcase Wireless HD Content Streaming Solution Powered by AMD Fusion APUs

SUNNYVALE, Calif. —2/16/2011

AMD (NYSE: AMD) and ViVu recently demonstrated for the first time a next-generation, high-definition (HD) content streaming solution powered by AMD technology. The demonstration, which first took place at the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES), featured 720p HD video streaming wirelessly from an AMD-powered notebook PC to a flat panel display and two tablet devices all at once without any additional hardware. The demonstrated technology is based on standards-compliant 802.11n wireless technology, the Adobe Flash Player and a prototype software solution from ViVu, a leader in desktop videoconferencing solutions.

“Consumers want to stream from their PCs onto their TVs but don’t want to pay a huge premium to do so, nor do they want to choose between a growing number of conflicting ways to do it,” said Rob Enderle, principal analyst for the Enderle Group. “ViVu turns virtually any AMD Fusion powered-PC into a potential low latency streaming device, and most of the current generation of smart TVs into receivers of this content without adding any additional hardware cost. As a result, ViVu successfully addresses both the need to stream a user’s media to their smart TV and the requirement that it also be inexpensive and easy.”

With settings that can be easily adjusted for a number of different devices (TVs, tablets, projectors) and content formats, including videos, presentations and documents, the ViVu solution is ideally suited to harness the power of AMD Fusion Accelerated Processing Units (APUs) and AMD discrete GPUs for a variety of applications from home entertainment and gaming, to enterprise video collaboration and remote presentations.

“Leading-edge video applications, such as those developed by ViVu, are exactly the type of immersive experiences we designed AMD Fusion APUs to enable,” said Manju Hegde, corporate vice president, AMD Fusion Experience Program. “Until now, streaming of HD telepresence-quality video was not possible without additional cables or hardware. We received an overwhelmingly positive response to our collaboration with ViVu at CES, and look forward to seeing this solution in market to the clear benefit of consumers and businesses alike in the near future.”

“At ViVu, we fully realize the future of the computing market is becoming more visual and engaging, and delivering HD quality video to virtually any device from virtually anywhere is an incredibly important part of that,” said Sudha Valluru, chief executive officer and founder, ViVu. “To meet the needs of this booming market, sophisticated hardware and software are required, which makes AMD the ideal technology partner for us. AMD Fusion APUs combine the best of CPU and GPU technology, and working together we are helping to deliver completely new and exciting experiences.”

The ViVu wireless HD video streaming solution is expected to be available later in 2011.

* Technology Demo Video
* ViVu press release on next-generation interactive video applications
* ViVu blog on showcasing telepresence-like video on laptops at CES
* Digital Trends Best Gadgets at CES
* AMD Fusion blog
* Follow AMD on Twitter @AMD_Unprocessed

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