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Intel WiDi
Intel WiDi logo.gif
The Intel WiDi Logo
Date invented2006
Introduced2010; 9 years ago (2010)[1][2][3]
TypeWireless Display-Distribution System
ConnectionWi-Fi Direct

Wireless Display (WiDi) was technology developed by Intel that enabled users to stream music, movies, photos, videos and apps without wires from a compatible computer to a compatible HDTV or through the use of an adapter with other HDTVs or monitors. Intel WiDi supported HD 1080p video quality, 5.1 surround sound, and low latency for interacting with applications sent to the TV from a PC.

Using the Intel WiDi Widget users could perform different functions simultaneously on their PC and TV such as checking email on the PC while streaming a movie to the TV from the same device.[4][5]

WiDi was discontinued in 2015 in favour of Miracast,[6] a standard developed by the Wi-Fi Alliance and natively supported by Windows 8.1 and later.[7]

Version history[edit]

  • 2010 - WiDi 1.0 - Supports 720p[8]
  • 2011 - WiDi 2.0 - Supports 1080p[9]
  • 2012 - WiDi 3.0 - Supports 1080p @ 60 FPS[10]
  • September 2012 - WiDi 3.5 - Supports Windows 8, touch functionality, 1080p output, 3D content, HDCP2, Blu-ray, and USB devices and Miracast.[11]
  • 2013 - WiDi 4.0[citation needed]
  • 2014 - WiDi 4.1[12]
  • 2014 - WiDi 4.2 - 5 GHz Wi-Fi support (with compatible receiver)[12]
  • 2015 - WiDi 5.1 - Supports 4k - Ultra HD displays.[13][14][15]
  • 2015 - WiDi 6.0[citation needed]
  • October 2015 - The marketing and development of WiDi applications was discontinued by Intel, who said that this was because the Miracast standard was natively supported in Windows for wireless display.[16]


In Intel Wireless Display version 3.5, the Miracast standard was supported[17] up until it was discontinued with 6.0.[18] After this development, Intel recommended that business users utilize Intel Unite as a platform for collaboration.[18] Miracast was included in Android 4.2 smart phones and onwards and on Windows 8.1 and 10. It can stream on TVs, projectors, and media players.[19]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ The Origins of WiDi Technology, 2011-01-25, Intel Free Press
  2. ^ How to Watch Video, Wirelessly, on Your TV Set, By Walter S. Mossberg, 2010-03-04, The Wall Street Journal
  3. ^ Intel Wireless Display (WiDi): The Hottest Sleeper Technology, By Cisco Cheng, 2010-01-09, PCMag.com
  4. ^ WiDi at Intel.com
  5. ^ http://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/support/emerging-technologies/intel-wireless-technologies/intel-wireless-display-intel-widi.html
  6. ^ "Product Discontinuation Notice for Intel® WiDi and Intel® Pro WiDi". Intel. Retrieved 2016-10-15.
  7. ^ "Discover Wi-Fi CERTIFIED Miracast". Wi-Fi Alliance. Retrieved 2016-10-15.
  8. ^ CES 2010: Intel Announces WiDi HD Wireless Display Tech
  9. ^ Intel Insider & WiDi 2.0
  10. ^ Ivy Bridge Widi 3.0 brings 1080p 60 FPS, by Fuad Abazovic, 2012-04-11, fudZilla
  11. ^ Evolution of WiDi - Intel Wireless Display (WiDi): Another Cable Killer Hits Its Stride, By William Van Winkle, 2013-06-12, Tom's IT Pro
  12. ^ a b WiDi – Wireless Display Overview, Specifications, Testing and Demos, by Chippy, 2014-02-20, UMPCPortal
  13. ^ INTEL WIDI 5.1 SUPPORTS 4k, By emgain, 2015-01-09, New Gadget Release Date 2015
  14. ^ Intel brings next-gen 'Broadwell' processor tech to mainstream notebooks, desktops, By Mark Hachman, 2015-01-05, PCWorld, Intel’s WiDi wireless display technology has also improved: Version 5.1 includes gaming support, Pro features for manageability, and 4K resolutions.
  15. ^ WiDi actually works now, Intel executive says By Mark Hachman, 2015-01-05, PCWorld
  16. ^ "Main Intel® WiDi and Intel® Pro WiDi Applications website". Intel. Retrieved 2016-08-15.
  17. ^ Parrish, Kevin (19 September 2012). "Intel's New Wireless Display 3.5 Will Support Miracast". Tom's Hardware. Retrieved 9 July 2013.
  18. ^ a b "Intel® WiDi and Intel® Pro WiDi Applications Discontinued Notice". Intel. Retrieved 2017-02-27.
  19. ^ "Project to a wireless display with Miracast". support.microsoft.com. Retrieved 2017-03-01.

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