Wi-Fi Alliance starts Miracast testing programme

Industry body the Wi-Fi Alliance has launched a certification programme for its new Miracast standard, a 5GHz peer-to-peer wireless connection designed to simplify discovery and setup so that users can quickly transmit video content from one device to another.

The technology underlying Miracast was developed in Wi-Fi Alliance by a diverse group of mobile and consumer electronics manufacturers and silicon vendors to standardise methods for simplified video sharing.

Miracast users can do things like view pictures from a smartphone on a big screen television, share a laptop screen with the conference room projector in real-time, and watch live TV programmes from a home cable box on a tablet.

The new standard is hoped to revolutionise the wireless distribution of video and is based on the Wi-Fi Direct standard being pushed by Intel.

Expectations for the new standard are already so high that some analysts predict annual shipments of Miracast-certified devices will exceed 1bn units within the next four years.

Miracast supports protected content streaming, and uses a wireless adaptation of the trusted content protection mechanisms widely used today for cabled interfaces like HDMI and DisplayPort.

In addition, the latest WPA2 security protections are automatically enabled on every device, making the transport of all multimedia content private.

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