CES 2012: Sigma Designs and Qualcomm Atheros showcase development platform for Wi-Fi display standard

By Telecom Lead Team: Sigma Designs, a provider of connected
media platforms, announced a joint Wi-Fi Display / DLNA IPTV reference design
with Qualcomm Atheros, a networking and connectivity subsidiary of chip major
Qualcomm.


A company press release said this new design enables
connected media players based on Sigma Media Processors to receive video
wirelessly over the emerging Wi-Fi Display standard supported by Qualcomm
Atheros Wi-Fi devices.


The new platform combines Qualcomm Atheros’ 2×2 dual band
802.11n solutions like the AR9342 with Sigma’s SMP8670 secure media processor
to deliver wireless connectivity directly from Wi-Fi Display or DLNA-enabled
notebook or mobile device to a set-top-box.


The company claims that this solution enables consumers
to stream multimedia via Wi-Fi Display standard or DLNA standard, as well as
access over-the-top services, directly, through their IPTV media player to
their TV monitor.


“We are happy to work with Qualcomm Atheros to
integrate their Wi-Fi chipset technology with our secure media processors to
bring the first generation of Wi-Fi Display solutions to market,” said
Thinh Tran, CEO and chairman at Sigma Designs.


The SMP8670 provides a highly integrated,
high-performance, low-cost solution for Connected Media Players, IPTV set-top
boxes, hybrid IPTV set-top boxes and IPTV thin clients. The Secure Media
Processor architecture offers advanced content protection, supporting a wide
variety of Digital Rights Management (DRM) and Conditional Access (CA)
solutions.


“We are pleased to work with the Sigma Designs team
to enable high-performance Wi-Fi Display solutions for extending content from
mobile computing and consumer electronics devices to the big screen via digital
media devices,” said Dan Rabinovitsj, senior vice president and general
manager of Qualcomm Atheros’ networking
business unit.


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