The geek love for Wi-Fi Certified Miracastâ„˘, an innovative Wi-Fi standard that relies on a technology dubbed â€świreless display mirroring,â€ť seemed to be inevitable when we first started talking about it. The technology, which allows consumers to easily and seamlessly share media from one device to another over Wi-Fi, was designed for todayâ€™s multimedia lifestyles.
The Miracast technology standard is built on the premise that users have a ton of content on their smartphones and laptops â€“ photos, videos and games, to name a few â€“ that theyâ€™d like to engage with over a large screen. But for users to seamlessly transfer that content, the technology standard must reside in both the device and the display.
Thatâ€™s where Broadcom comes into the game. Broadcom and its partners are looking to spur on Miracast adoption with software and hardware that aims to speed up the integration of Miracast into electronics, getting the technology to consumers faster.
At Mobile World Congress today, Broadcom is highlighting recent Miracast partnershipsÂ with top tech players and retailers â€” including Google (in Android 4.2), Intel, NVIDIA, Best Buy Stores and more.
Adoption is expected to pick up steam this year as Miracast shows up in PCs, smart TVs and gaming platforms worldwide, including products like the Nexus 4, some of LG Electronicsâ€™ TVs and Optmus G smartphones, Samsungâ€™s Galaxy S III smartphone and others. Some 1.5 billion Miracast devices are expected to ship in 2016, according to ABI Research.
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Broadcomâ€™s contribution to the Miracast ecosystem is in the form of a robust, complete software stack that allows smartphone, display, smart TV and set-top box makers to roll outÂ the technology in their newest products.
Broadcom is also offering an off-the-shelf wireless dongle design that allows display makers to add Miracast to any device with an HDMI port â€” similar to the early products that helped bring Wi-Fi and Bluetooth to personal computers before the now-standard technologies were embedded. Best Buy is already selling Miracast-enabled video receivers in its online under its Rocketfish brand, featuring Broadcom’s technology.
The standard has been promoted by the Wi-Fi Alliance and Broadcom since last year. In September, the Wi-Fi Alliance handpicked Broadcomâ€™s technology for its Miracast test bed. And Miracast-enabled devices were all over the show floor at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas last month, with some big-name CE players throwing their weight behind the standard to continue to drive adoption momentum.
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