WirelessHD™ Consortium Completes Compliance Test Specification and Names First Authorized Test CenterWednesday, January 7th, 2009
LAS VEGAS — The WirelessHD™ Consortium, currently comprised of global leaders in the consumer electronic and personal computing industry today announced that the WirelessHD Compliance Test Specification (CTS) version 1.0 is now available to WirelessHD Adopters and Evaluators. In addition, Compliance Certification Services, Inc., (CCS) has been named the first WirelessHD Authorized Test Center (ATC). First WirelessHD testing will commence in Q109.
The WirelessHD Compliance Test Specification (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.
Since the announcement of the WirelessHD 1.0 specification during the 2008 International Consumer Electronics Show, the WirelessHD Consortium has experienced growth and momentum including new Adopter interest and the addition of Broadcom as a new Promoter. This growth and momentum is expected to accelerate with today’s announcement of the availability of the WirelessHD CTS 1.0. The WirelessHD CTS includes three standalone test specifications. These include an RF test specification, a protocol test specification, and an interoperability test specification. In order for Adopters to ship product into the market with the WiHD logo, products shall be required to pass all three specifications at a WirelessHD ATC.
The WirelessHD compliance program shall require that manufacturers submit their first product in each WirelessHD product category to a WirelessHD ATC. There are several product categories that include HDTVs, Blu-ray DVD 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. All products submitted to an ATC shall be tested against the specifications’ requirements, after which the ATC sends a test report to both the manufacturer and the WirelessHD Licensing Agent. Upon confirmation that a manufacturer’s product has been qualified as compliant, the manufacturer will receive confirmation that they may use the WiHD logo on that product.
CCS will become the first ATC and expects to commence operations of their first WirelessHD ATC in Fremont, California during the first half of 2009. CCS is highly regarded and well experienced in the professional certification fields of EMC, RF, Safety, DFS, SAR, WiMAX, Automotive EMC, 3D Antenna, and Digital TV. CCS currently is qualified as the certification body of the TCB (USA), FCB (Canada), and RCB (Taiwan). CCS has built and is concurrently running 11 labs in Taiwan, Mainland China, Japan and USA.
Based on completion of both the WirelessHD 1.0 specification as well as the WirelessHD CTS 1.0 specification, and given the near-term commencement of compliance testing of products, WirelessHD looks forward to seeing the first WiHD logo-bearing products in 2009. In support of this rapid progress, WirelessHD and several manufacturers have joined together to demonstrate the interoperability of several candidate products at the 2009 Consumer Electronics Show. Several products and a demonstration of interoperability will be given in the North Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center, Room N243, throughout the exhibition; an invitation-only press conference is also scheduled for 2P on January 8 at this location.
“The WirelessHD Consortium and its members remain committed to offering the best quality wireless high definition solution with simple network setup,” said John Marshall, Chairman of WirelessHD. “Now that the CTS program is preparing for launch, consumers will be able to identify which products have passed the rigorous compliance and interoperability test by looking for the WiHD logo.”