The Wi-Fi Alliance today announced that it is now certifying a new capability that is expected to set the stage for rapid adoption of Wi-Fi networking in consumer electronic devices such as DVD players and televisions. This new capability, called WMM™ (Wi-Fi Multimedia), is designed to improve the user experience for audio, video and voice applications over a Wi-Fi wireless connection.
The Wi-Fi Alliance has taken this step due to strong industry demand and pending availability of products offering multimedia applications. With this move, consumer electronic product manufactures can now plan to include Wi-Fi with WMM support in their product plans, backed by the assurance of certified interoperability from the Wi-Fi Alliance.
“The demand for Wi-Fi CE product connectivity is expected to grow significantly and WMM will provide a strong foundation for that growth. In fact, we see this action jumpstarting the coming mainstream adoption of Wi-Fi in the consumer electronics market segment,” said Wi-Fi Alliance Managing Director, Frank Hanzlik. “The Alliance’s WMM certification testing will help unleash a new category of wireless products that use the robust connectivity only offered by Wi-Fi CERTIFIED interoperability. The demand for multimedia support in telephony and other consumer electronic products has skyrocketed in the recent months and is forecasted to grow at an unprecedented rate,” Hanzlik added.
Click here for a list of products that have obtained WMM certification.