Tzero Technologies‘ latest chipset, the ZeroWire (TZC7200), is directed at home entertainment. The company says it will handle “real-time delivery of high-definition video, wirelessly and over wires.”
The chip incorporates a radio frequency integrated circuit (RFIC), plus the baseband and media access control (MAC) system on a chip. It’s fully compatible with the WiMedia standard for ultrawideband (UWB) transmissions, which is also the basis for Wireless USB and future Bluetooth 3.0 standards.
The ZeroWire integrates multiple interfaces to work on a number of devices, supports multiple protocols (IP, UPD, TCP/IP, multi- and unicast), and has a physical data rate of 480 Megabits per second (Mbps) over a coax cable crossing a house, or wirelessly if in the same room.
In the announcement, Samsung listed Tzero as a key partner — it’s working with the company to bring the WiMedia UWB tech to homes and set-top boxes supporting the High Definition Audio-Video Network Alliance, or HANA, technology. Tzero hopes to see the ZeroWire chip in set-top boxes, HDTVs, DVD players, game consoles, media center PCs and more.