Sunday, June 10, 2007

Tzero Unveils UWB Chipset for Wireless and Coax Home Entertainment Networks

Tzero Technologies, a start-up based in Sunnyvale, California, announced its second-generation ultra wideband (UWB) chipset for home entertainment networking.

The new Tzero "ZeroWire" chipset is a WiMedia standards-based, ultra wideband (UWB) semiconductor solution optimized for real-time delivery of high-definition video, wirelessly and over wires. The ZeroWire chipset includes both a Radio Frequency IC (RFIC) as well as a baseband and media access control system-on-chip.

Significantly, the ZeroWire chipset expands the UWB connectivity from an in-room wireless solution to a whole-house network using existing coax cable. The chipset also gives consumer electronics manufacturers the ability to create new classes of wireless video devices -- HDTVs, digital video recorders, and more -- that are easier and less expensive to install.

Consumer electronics manufacturers using ZeroWire can develop wireless video products including: wireless high-definition TVs, projectors, Blu-Ray and HD DVD players, game consoles, media adapters, and media center PCs. With ZeroWire, flat panel TVs can be placed anywhere without tearing open walls to run cabling, and video recorded in one room can be seamlessly accessed from another.

Key capabilities of the ZeroWire chipset include:

  • Performance for multiple high-definition video streams with PHY data rates of up to 480 Mbps over coax for whole-home coverage and wirelessly within rooms.

  • Multiple interfaces for easy incorporation into a range of devices through PCI, transport stream and host bus interfaces.

  • Protocol support for network connectivity and application integration including IP, UDP, TCP/IP, multicast and unicast.

The Tzero ZeroWire chipset is available immediately.

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