Motorola, Inc. (NYSE: MOT) through Motorola Ventures, its strategic venture capital arm, announced that it has made an equity investment in AMIMON, Inc., an emerging leader in semiconductor technology for wireless transmission of high-definition (HD) video. Terms of the investment were not disclosed.
“We believe that AMIMON’s WHDI(TM) Technology is setting a new standard in wireless HDTV connectivity which nicely aligns with Motorola’s connected home strategy,” said Reese Schroeder, managing director, Motorola Ventures. “Our investment reflects our belief that AMIMON’s solution is well positioned to offer a high quality wireless uncompressed HDTV link between video sources such as a digital set-top and a high-definition TV.”
AMIMON’s wireless high-definition interface (WHDI) technology enables wireless transmission of uncompressed high-definition video streams in the 5GHz unlicensed band. WHDI enables applications such as wireless flat-panel TVs, wireless projectors, wireless HDMI (TM) (high-definition multimedia interface) and wireless VGA repeaters (dongles).
“Motorola and AMIMON share a common vision of facilitating connectivity between consumer electronics devices,” said Dr. Yoav Nissan-Cohen, chairman and CEO, AMIMON. “The investment from Motorola will fund our plan to set WHDI as a new industry standard for connecting high-definition video sources to displays wirelessly.”
AMIMON is a fabless semiconductor company pioneering wireless uncompressed high-definition video for universal connectivity among CE video devices. AMIMON’s uncompressed Wireless High-Definition Interface (WHDI(TM)) allows flat-panel televisions and multimedia projectors to wirelessly interface to all HDTV video sources at a quality equivalent to that achieved with wired interfaces such as component video, DVI and HDMI.
AMIMON operates internationally out of offices in Herzlia, Israel, Santa Clara, Calif. USA, and Tokyo, Japan. The Company is funded by Cedar Fund, Walden Israel Venture Capital, Evergreen Partners, Stata venture Partners, Argonaut Ventures and Motorola Ventures.
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WHDI is a trademark of AMIMON, Ltd.