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Cisco’s Wireless HD Investment Hides Behind “New Internet” Hype

by David Mercer | Mar 10, 2010

Cisco built up yesterday’s big news announcement as something “that will forever change the Internet and its impact on consumers, businesses and governments”. The chances are slim that more than a tiny fraction of consumers, businesses and governments will ever actually encounter the catalyst for this revolution, namely the new CRS-3 router, which will help service providers deliver the vast quantities of video that people will expect to consume over the internet in the coming years. So in that sense, the announcement was a slight disappointment, if none the less significant. Shortly beforehand, the news arrived that Cisco had also became a strategic investor in SiBeam, Inc. Also currently unknown to most consumers, perhaps, but SiBeam’s wireless video technology could become ubiquitous over the coming decade. We’ve covered it many times, most recently here. For some years SiBeam has been in a race with various other technology developers, and primarily Amimon, to bring wireless distribution of high-definition video to the digital home. While early consumer products have reached the market in limited numbers using both SiBeam and Amimon solutions, sales performance has been restricted by high prices. We are also hearing that Amimon’s technology has not proved as reliable as it needs to be, and as we predicted before, we believe the momentum is in the direction of WirelessHD, if there is indeed going to be a single de facto standard. Cisco joins other major consumer technology investors Samsung, Panasonic and others in backing the WirelessHD 60 GHz technology. So as well as investing in the future of internet video distribution, Cisco is counting on tomorrow’s in-home video networking technologies to build its vision of a world of networked video. David Mercer Client Reading: Wireless High Definition Appearing Soon at a Home Cinema Near You Add to Technorati Favorites
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