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Sibeam modules add wireless connectivity to medical monitors

Steve Rogerson
October 20, 2015
 
A way to add wireless video support to medical monitors has been introduced by California-based Sibeam, a Lattice Semiconductor company.
 
The 60GHz Wireless HD modules provide visually lossless video and what is claimed to be a simple and elegant way to connect video source to video sink, eliminating the clutter of messy cables.
 
The transmitter and receiver modules operate over the 60GHz millimetre wave frequency band. Based on production-proven chipsets already shipping in consumer electronic devices, the modules deliver visually lossless 1080p video streams at up to 60 frames per second and are suitable for replacing cables in medical or industrial operating environments where cables could be safety hazards. The wireless modules also reduce the cost of ownership in clean-room environments as there are no video cables to maintain and sterilise.
 
“We are proud to partner with Sibeam to incorporate Wireless HD connectivity in our next generation of wireless imaging platforms with the goal to deliver innovative solutions that enhance patient care,” said Darko Spoljaric, vice president of global marketing at NDS Surgical Imaging. “Integrating Wireless HD modules into NDS’s line of wireless video transmitters and surgical displays ensures our customers have high-quality and robust HD video connectivity between the endoscopy camera and our displays in a pixel-perfect image with near-zero video latency. With this future technology, we can eliminate cable clutter and improve efficiencies in a clinical setting.”
 
The Mod 6320-T transmitter and Mod 6321-R receiver modules connect to a host board and provide wireless video connectivity between an HDMI source and a display. Having attained various wireless regulatory approvals, the modules reduce the complexity associated with wireless performance design, testing and compliance standards in wireless system design.
 
“Wireless HD technology in the 60GHz millimetre wave spectrum has been delivering unparalleled wireless video experience in high-definition with near-zero latency in consumer applications for many years,” said David Kuo, senior director of marketing at Sibeam. “We’re excited to see demand in broad markets and new applications. Our module offerings will bring 60GHz Wireless HD technology beyond traditional consumer electronics and mobile products to industrial and medical devices where wireless high bandwidth video, with near zero latency, can significantly enhance day-to-day operations.”
 
Modular regulatory approval includes FCC, CE, IC and Etsi. PC video resolution is VGA through SXGA+ and CE video resolution is 480i/576i to 1080p/60Hz. There is near-zero latency to reduce image lag and support for surround sound audio. They can handle CEC or AVC commands and have HDCP content protection. Automated advanced power control enables energy saving operation.