Ever since its unveiling towards the end of last year TPCAST has been making headlines as the first possible wireless solution for HTC Vive. Now the company has announced a partnership with Lattice Semiconductors to supply a number of the devices internal components, using Lattice’s SiBEAM WirelessHD technology and its suite of FPGA and ASSP products.
High-end wireless virtual reality (VR) has become one of the industry’s biggest hurdles, looking to provide the same immersive experience whilst completely untethered from a computer. TPCAST is a Vive X Accelerator invested company and to achieve the results needed the wireless upgrade kit includes Lattice’s MOD6320-T/MOD6321-R WirelessHD modules offering near-zero latency and non-line of sight (NLOS) performance ideal for VR applications. The device’s solution also features Lattice’s SiI9396 600 MHz HDMI® bridge IC, LatticeECP3 SERDES-based FPGA, and TPCAST 2.0 protocol and algorithm. Together, the solution supports wireless transmission of VR display resolution at 2160 x 1200 at 90Hz.
“Our partnership with TPCAST delivers optimized wireless video solutions, further validating our commitment to improving the virtual reality experience,” said Cheng Hwee Chee, senior director of marketing, mobile and consumer division at Lattice Semiconductor. “Our WirelessHD technology allows VR enthusiasts to eliminate cables while maintaining high-quality and robust video connectivity, without sacrificing performance.”
“When seeking a partner to collaborate on our wireless VR protocol TPCAST 2.0, Lattice’s proven WirelessHD technology, coupled with Lattice’s FPGA and ASSP products, was a natural fit,” said Andrea Liu, marketing director at TPCAST. “Working with Lattice, we’re able to deliver a truly unmatched VR experience with low latency, high robustness and high bandwidth video transmission. We look forward to continuing our work with Lattice to develop future wireless VR solutions.”
The TPCAST wireless solution is scheduled for worldwide release during Q2 for $249 USD. As further details are released VRFocus will keep you updated.