SOURCE: ZyXEL Communications Inc.

ZyXEL Communications Inc.

June 20, 2011 13:01 ET

ZyXEL Enters Wireless HD Market With Launch of Aerobeam Line

Innovative ZyXEL Adapters Allow Consumers to Wirelessly Connect Home Entertainment, Simplifying Home Theater System Installations

ANAHEIM, CA--(Marketwire - Jun 20, 2011) - ZyXEL Communications Inc., leading provider of secure broadband networking, Internet connectivity and routing products for over 21 years, today announced the Aerobeam by ZyXEL™ WirelessHD™(WiHD) kit. The WHD6215 display adapter allows consumers to wirelessly connect up to four devices to their HD TV to stream digital content, eliminating the need to anchor entertainment components adjacent to the screen. Offering greater flexibility and freedom when designing one's home theater center, ZyXEL's WHD6215 enables consumers to place their devices anywhere in the room without worrying about unsightly wires.

The WHD6215 works with all HDMI® devices, including Blu-ray / DVD players, game consoles, smartphones and tablets. A true plug-and-play device with no extra configuration required, ZyXEL's Aerobeam WHD6215 adapters provide full 1080P video playback, including 3D, with no lag or loss in picture quality. It also supports 7.1 surround sound audio for the highest-quality A/V (audio/video) experience available.

ZyXEL WHD6215 Kit is based on the WirelessHD technology standard and is architected and optimized for the sole purpose of wirelessly streaming HD multimedia. It leverages 60 GHz millimeter wave technology, providing the necessary bandwidth for multi-Gigabit data rates, which are required to wirelessly stream reliable, uninterrupted HD video and audio. The 60 GHz spectrum also eliminates interference from other wireless technologies, such as popular 802.11x standards. ZyXEL's WHD6215 integrates Silicon Image's WirelessHD solutions to deliver true uncompressed and lossless high-definition digital video, audio and data, without any compromise from a wired experience. Silicon Image is a member of the WirelessHD Consortium, a technical standards-setting organization founded by Broadcom, Intel, LG Electronics, NEC, Panasonic, Philips Electronics, Samsung, Silicon Image, Sony and Toshiba to provide a unified standard-based approach to wireless home entertainment

"The WHD6215 offers entertainment enthusiasts a clutter-free way to enjoy their media," said Steven Joe, executive vice president of channel business for Americas at ZyXEL. "This solution eliminates the need for consumers to tether multiple devices to their screens with unsightly cables and incur expensive professional installation costs. Our WHD6215 allows users to place components where they want them, without the lag or compromised video quality found in other wireless video streaming solutions."

The WHD6215 is the first in a line of consumer audio / visual products that will be marketed under Aerobeam by ZyXEL. Leveraging its experience creating wireless communications innovations for the world's leading service providers, ZyXEL now delivers affordable, functional and easy-to-use appliances for consumers looking to take advantage of the latest technical advancements in wireless HD home entertainment.

"We are proud to partner with ZyXEL. They have successfully integrated Silicon Image's 60 GHz solutions for WirelessHD to deliver uncompressed, lossless HD video into a truly plug-and-play device," said John LeMoncheck, vice president and general manager of the wireless division at Silicon Image, Inc. "Users will love the performance and convenience that WHD6215 brings to the entertainment center of their digital home and the 60 GHz network that supports a variety of other WirelessHD-enabled fixed, mobile, and portable products in the living room."

Availability
The WHD6215 will be available in early July. Estimated street price will be $199 per kit, transceiver and receiver. Additional units and kits will follow.

About ZyXEL Communications
Twenty-one year-old ZyXEL offers a high-performance, carrier-grade suite of access and security solutions. Through our partner alliances, we provide businesses with complete solutions and seamless support. With expertise in diverse technologies including wireless, security, cloud-managed solutions, Ethernet Switching, xDSL, and Powerline, ZyXEL offers integrated, secure network solutions to SMB, SOHO, residential and service provider markets.

In addition, ZyXEL's North American Channel Program offers industry-leading incentives with its full line of products.

ZyXEL's North American headquarters are located in Anaheim, California. http://www.us.zyxel.com.

About Silicon Image, Inc.
Silicon Image is a leading provider of wireless and wired connectivity solutions that enable the reliable distribution and presentation of high-definition content for consumer electronics, mobile, and PC markets. The company delivers its technology via semiconductor and intellectual property (IP) products that are compliant with global industry standards and also feature industry leading Silicon Image innovations such as InstaPort™. Silicon Image's products are deployed by the world's leading electronics manufacturers in devices such as desktop and notebook PCs, DTVs, Blu-ray Disc™ players, audio-video receivers, as well as mobile phones, tablets and digital cameras. Silicon Image has driven the creation of the highly successful HDMI® and DVI™ industry standards, the latest standards for mobile devices -- SPMT™ (Serial Port Memory Technology) and MHL™ (Mobile High-Definition Link), and the standard for 60GHz wireless HD video -- WirelessHD™ (WiHD). Via its wholly-owned subsidiary, Simplay Labs, Silicon Image offers manufacturers comprehensive standards interoperability and compliance testing services. For more information, visit us at http://www.siliconimage.com/.

HDMI is a trademarks or registered trademarksof HDMI Licensing, LLC in the United States and/or other countries. WirelessHD™ is a trademark of the WirelessHD Consortium.

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