802.11n Wi-fi technology will see off competitors in the wireless HD video market, at least for the next several years, according to In-Stat .

Three other technologies are competing in this space – Wireless Home Digital Interface (WHDI), WirelessHD, and Ultrawideband (UWB).

However, Brian O’Rourke, In-Stat analyst, said the ubiquity of Wi-Fi technology is proving unstoppable.

He said 802.11n is the next generation of the immensely popular Wi-Fi family.

"It promises data rates above 100Mbps and is backwards compatible," he said.

"The installed base of Wi-Fi is immense, and effectively includes all mobile PCs, many mobile phones and a wide variety of CE devices.

O’Rourke said the primary drawback to 802.11n is expense, since it requires codec technology on both ends to transmit HD video.

Neither of its primary competitors, WHDI and WirelessHD, requires codecs.

Recent research by In-Stat found the following:

  • UWB will not be a major factor in the consumer electronics market. Many chip companies are leaving the market in late 2008 and 2009.
  • Nearly 24 million digital TVs will ship with some type of Wireless HD video technology in 2013.
  • WHDI and WirelessHD are being promoted by startups, but they are new, expensive, and power-hungry, which is generally not a recipe for quick market success.
  • WHDI and WirelessHD will see a slow start, with fewer than eight million devices with those technologies shipped in 2013.

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