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Consortium Approves Test Spec For WirelessHD

Two developments announced at CES 2009 bring WirelessHD closer to fruition. The WirelessHD Consortium said the WirelessHD Compliance Test Specification (CTS) version 1.0 is now available to WirelessHD Adopters and Evaluators. Also, Compliance Services Inc. has been named the first WirelessHD Authorized Test Center (ATC), with first WirelessHD testing schedule to begin in Q1 2009.

The WirelessHD CTS 1.0 details the tests, procedures, and equipment specifications established by the WirelessHD Promoters to assist Adopters in verifying WirelessHD product compliance. Mandated by the WirelessHD Adopter’s Agreement, compliance testing also promotes interoperability among WirelessHD devices and is required for a product to bear the WiHD logo or to claim conformance to the WirelessHD specification. The CTS includes three standalone test specifications: an rf test specification, a protocol test specification, and an interoperability test specification. Products must pass all three specifications at a WirelessHD ATC in order to bear the WiHD logo.

The compliance program requires manufacturers to submit their first product in each WirelessHD category to a WirelessHD ATC. Product categories include HDTVs, Blu-ray disk players, set-top boxes, gaming consoles, A/V receivers, and more. Subsequent products, such as a manufacturer’s second TV or DVD player, must also be tested. After testing against the specifications’ requirements, the ATC will send a report to both the manufacturer and the WirelessHD Licensing Agent. Upon confirmation that a manufacturer’s product is compliant, the manufacturer will receive confirmation that they may use the WiHD logo on that product.

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