Multi-gigabit Wi-Fi is here and 5 reasons it matters

Broadcom is expected to show off silicon that offers 1.3 gigabit Wi-Fi at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show to help prepare home networks for the era of whole-home video streaming. The multi-gigabit Wi-Fi offers a 2x improvement over today’s top Wi-Fi data rates.

The first gigabit Wi-Fi chip for consumer devices is here

Quantenna, a startup building chips for sending massive data over Wi-Fi, has built the first gigabit chip for Wi-Fi networks and devices. The chip is available now for use in routers, home gateways and even consumer gadgets. Products containing the chips could arrive in 2012.

Swisscom Funds Quantenna’s Wireless Chips

quantennaWireless chipmaker Quantenna announced today that it has added to its Series C round with new investor Swisscom, a Swiss telecom provider. The amount wasn’t officially disclosed, but it appears to be roughly $2 million, given that today’s press announcement says the company has raised $44 million to date and in April it was reported that the company had raised $42 million total at that time.
Fremont, Calif.-based Quantenna makes chips that allow for wireless transmission of HD video within the home. Quantenna’s pitch is that it uses Wi-Fi to beam that sweet HD video around your house. Quantenna competitor Amimon, which uses the WHDI protocol for wireless HD, recently announced that it had raised $10 million in a Series D round, bringing its total to $50 million. SiBEAM, another competitor that uses the WirelessHD protocol, has raised roughly $78 million.

Home Wireless Networks Aren’t Yet Ready for Video

broadcom_logoWireless networks in their current form can’t support efforts by service providers trying to deliver video inside the home. That’s according to Joe Del Rio, a senior marketing manager at Broadcom (s bcom) with whom I chatted yesterday; he said service providers are still inclined to trust wired networking standards such as Home PNA or MoCA to deliver video and entertainment content around the home. Carriers are asking for between 30 Mbps and 36 Mbps, he said — enough to deliver three uncompressed HD video streams to televisions. Read More about Home Wireless Networks Aren’t Yet Ready for Video

Vid-Biz: Quantenna, DVRs, Social TV

Quantenna Raises $14 Million; company provides chips for wireless HD transmission, Quantenna has raised more than $42 million to date. (VentureBeat) Elsewhere in the wireless HD world, Amimon rolled out its second-gen chips today.

Lost‘s Big DVR Audience Poses Advertiser Problem; one-third of the show’s viewers delay watching episodes, making it more difficult to sell advertising. (Variety) Robert Seidman doesn’t think advertisers will shy away from the show just because of its DVR viewership. (TV by the Numbers)

Cable Shows Getting Social; The Real Housewives of New York will have a viewing party online for its season finale on Tuesday (Multichannel News); Spike will have an online discussion show around Deadliest Warrior (Multichannel News); and Alexa Chung will host a new MTV TRL-style show that will incorporate Twitter and Facebook. (Guardian)

Industry Insiders Talk TV; At the OnHollywood Conference, media execs discussed what video content will work on TV and what will move to the web (Variety). Meanwhile, at Media Magazine’s 2009 Upfront Conference, advertisers debated whether the premium content market was oversaturated (MediaPost), and Canoe Ventures CEO David Verklin said web overtaking TV and the end of the 30-second TV spot are far from certain. (MediaPost)

RealNetworks’ Demos DVD Jukebox in Court; code-named “Facet,” the device allows users to copy DVDs onto a built-in hard drive with no PC necessary. (CNET)

NBC.com Rolls Out New Video Ad Units; new ad options from the peacock will let users choose a commercial, as well as offer advertisers pause units, a pop-out player, and push back units. (release)

Set-top Box Market to Decline After 2012; drop in demand from Chinese market after rapid growth will cause the retreat, according to Screen Digest. (The Hollywood Reporter)