Wi-Fi chip company Celeno Communications today is announcing a new video-grade chip for home gateway and set-top box applications, as it is becoming increasingly apparent that video in the home is the next frontier for Wi-Fi to conquer.
The new CLR260 is a single PCIe Wi-Fi chip that Celeno's video-grade OptimizAIR, as well as digital beam forming technology. These attributes position it to support a growing array of wireless video and content distribution applications within the consumer home, such as delivery of multiple HD streams to different rooms in a home.
Celeno said in a press release that the CLR260 operates in both the 2.4GHz and the 5GHz frequency channels, working with both legacy home networks and newer designs. The chip leverages host CPU processing and memories to minimize bill of materials, lowering overall cost, Celeno said. The company envisions that service providers will be able to deploy different kinds of equipment containing the chip, including broadband home gateways, video bridges, set-top boxes and laptops.
It wasn't so long ago that service providers wanted little to do with Wi-Fi, but increasingly they may find that they can't compete in the residential video market without leveraging gear that supports a comprehensive broadband wireless experience throughout the home.
- here's the Celeno press release
Deutsche Telekom recently signed a deal with Celeno
The HDTV over Wi-Fi has been brewing for a few years