Intel Readies Miracast for Cross-Platform Streaming; Samsung First to Jump On Board

September 20, 2012, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

You must have heard about Miracast. It’s mildly surprising if you haven’t due to the wide array of technology, especially that of streaming services, that are being let out into the world.

Well, Miracast is a new wireless technology utilized for streaming video from your smartphones, tablets and laptops into your television sets. And now, the WiFi Alliance has disclosed its certification program for the technology.

The first one to rein in line with Miracast is Samsung, making the electronics giant officially the biggest smartphone vendor to do so. Samsung’s move can be attributed to the company’s stiff competition with Apple, and with Miracast in tow, they aim to run ahead of their rival’s AirPlay.

Samsung Galaxy S III, which was released a few weeks ago, has been confirmed as compatible with Miracast; the Echo-P Series TV was also confirmed, despite the system not being available in markets after their introduction during the CES early this year. Other than Samsung’s products, LG’s Optimus G has been certified compatible with Miracast.

Intel had previously tried to spark off WiFi Direct, in order to develop cross-platform streaming. But WiFi Direct’s spark didn’t ignite the flame as companies hoped, but Intel had Miracast take off from that spark and with the renewed technology in a user-friendly way, vendors are keen on trying it out now.

WiFi Alliance’s certification program outlines the use of six testbed devices which will be used to test others to ensure interoperability.

Intel chipped in with their Centrino Advanced-N 6235 AGN wireless adapter, while Broadcom, Marvell, MediaTek, Ralink, and Realtek also contributed with wireless cards and adapters.

NVIDIA and Sony’s mobile division did not get any devices into the testbed, but they did declare support for the program. NVIDIA is allegedly planning to incorporate Miracast into their Tegra 3 chips.

Samsung Electronics have already got their devices hooked onto Miracast-based applications; Galaxy S III, Galaxy Note 10.1, and Galaxy Note II, and other devices have the AllShare Cast built into them. But with the added support of Miracast, a Samsung phone can stream content into a different brand TV.

With Samsung’s involvement raising hopes, WIFI Alliance expects other vendors to follow and adopt the technology to a wider range of products.

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