Magis Sends HDTV and Other Data Simultaneously

By Matthew Peretz

April 29, 2002

Magis says that people have got to be able to send high-end video and data at the same time. They're going to show us how it's done next week in New Orleans.

One week from today, 802.11a chipset developer Magis Networks, Inc. plans to show the world that it can transmit HDTV and Internet data simultaneously in the 5 GHz band. The company plans the demonstration for the upcoming National Cable Telecommunications Association's Cable 2002 show in New Orleans, May 6-8.

Last November, 802.11-Planet covered Magis Networks as they demonstrated HDTV transmission over an 802.11a network. Now the company has added simultaneous data transmission to the mix, stating that home and office users need to be able to transmit both high-quality video and Internet data at the same time to various locations on the WLAN.

The upcoming demonstration will feature simultaneous transmission of HDTV and data from a single access point (AP), distributing video to a television and Internet data to a personal computer using a single 5 GHz channel. According to Magis, the transmission will meet QoS requirements for HDTV, broadcast-quality video, DVD, wireline voice, and CD-quality audio.

Magis' Air5 technology, the underlying architecture for its products, encompasses 802.11a, HiperLAN2, and IEEE 1394 standards, and the company claims that its designs enable its chipsets to exceed the performance, coverage, and range characteristics of other 5 GHz and 802.11b products. Magis stated that it has achieved a 3x range increase over competing products, with up to 40 Mbps throughput at up to 250 feet.

The Magis Air5 technology is suitable for use in digital cable set-top boxes and gateways, cable modems, satellite receivers, PCs, PDAs, TVs, PVRs, DVDs, Internet Appliances and gaming consoles.

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