At NAB in Las Vegas, Christie Digital (Cypress, CA) ( introduced the ChristieNET WAVE (Wireless Audio Video Extension System), a next-generation, high-performance (native XGA), wireless transmitter and receiver solution that replaces VGA cables for VGA AV sources, displays and projection devices.

?The biggest benefit of the technology,? says Max Kopsho, Christie?s networking product manager ?is it dramatically increases connectivity options and significantly reduces the cost of AV installations.?

The ChristieNET WAVE is well suited for digital signage, as well as installations where a wired setup would be inconvenient, costly, or problematic due to the design of the space. It?s particularly needed in education, auditoriums, conference rooms, and houses of worship, where unsightly cables can detract from the venue and even create foot traffic hazards.

Kopsho is not off the mark if the device can truly deliver, but Taiwanese display giant ViewSonic and others tried launching a device like this three years ago with abysmal results. This time, it looks like Christie got it right with support for native XGA resolution via industry standard 802.11a, with enough bandwidth to support the XGA data stream at 30 frames per second up to 300 feet.

To top it off, the company went the extra mile to deliver a device-agnostic, software-less solution. According to Christie, the system is compatible with virtually any PC, display and operating system, and requires no drivers, software or OS upgrades.

It features plug-and-play convenience, easy setup and adjustment, is secure and standards-based, and supports multiple receivers for broadcast mode. The system can easily be optimized to match the source with the display to ensure the perfect audio and video settings.

Kopsho continued: ?Integrators are often challenged to provide cost-effective audio and video installations in areas where a wired solution would be impractical or take the project beyond the customer’s budget,? remarked Kopsho. ?AV installer support is an area where Christie excels in the industry, and this device, once again, underscores our commitment to the dealer install channel. The solution offers a compelling reason for any AV installer to sign with Christie? Kopsho concluded.

Wireless XGA in full motion is a powerful development and goes a long way toward eliminating the need for costly and unsightly data cables. Now all we need is support for DVD wireless projection (by Infocomm?).

Two devices are sold as a set and will retail for $695. The ChristieNET WAVE is available now.