Monster Partners With Sigma For Wireless Foray

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New York — Monster is announcing  today a partnership with Sigma Designs, a manufacturer of digital media processing system-on-chip solutions.

The Monster Wireless Digital Express HD system will be the first result of the partnership, is scheduled to be discussed by “head monster” Noel Lee, during the Digital Downtown event, here.  The system will use Sigma’s Wireless HDAV technology for high-definition A/V cable replacement and its ultrawideband (UWB)-over-coax technology. This is designed to give users a “wireless and no new wires” solution for previewing HD content throughout the home.

The companies will collaborate on advanced wireless solutions for HDMI home entertainment distribution.

Monster’s foray into wireless was initially announced at the International CES/Hometech 2008 event, held last month in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates.

In addition to letting users stream HD video content with full 1080p resolution between their HDTV displays, DVD and Blu-ray Disc players, and/or set-top boxes within a room or to an adjacent room, the Wireless Digital Express HD system will allow room-to-room HD entertainment streaming, transmitting A/V contents up to 330 feet over a home’s existing coaxial cables, according to Monster.

“Sigma’s UWB allows us to continue offering ours customers the quality service levels they’ve come to expect,” said Lee in a statement. “Together, we are achieving a ‘virtual wireless’ solution for the whole home by combining wireless for in-room HD content streaming and UWB-over-coax for room-to-room streaming.”

Sigma’s Wireless HD A/V solution will ultimately enable users to mount their HDTVs on walls without the need for multiple HDMI and A/V cables spread throughout the room or hanging across the walls, according to Monster, while still providing HD signal quality.

The line of Wireless Digital Express HD products are scheduled to be available in October. Pricing was not given.


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